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The Bulldogs defense contains a Neal ball carrier during the first half of Friday's season-opener.
The Bulldogs defense contains a Neal ball carrier during the first half of Friday's season-opener.

FRIDAY NIGHT RECAP: W.S. Neal shuts down, shuts out Bulldog rushers

Published 5:30pm Wednesday, September 4, 2013

by Jim Plott

W.S. Neal quarterback Malcolm Hawthorne rushed for a touchdown and passed for another to lead the Eagles to a 36-0 shutout of Holtville Friday night at Boykin Field.
The Eagle defense not only pitched a shutout on the scoreboard but in the rushing department.
Holtville (0-1) was held to no yards rushing for the game. The Bulldogs managed to drive inside the W.S. Neal 30-yard line twice the entire game.
Trailing 16-0 with just a few seconds left in the opening half, Holtville gave up a 25-yard strike from Hawthorne to Quenton Samuels as the clock expired.
Samuels finished the night with a receiving touchdown and a rushing touchdown.
“We collapsed before the end of the half and never recovered,” Bulldogs coach Hunter Adams said.
W.S. Neal (1-0) tacked on two touchdowns in the second half to salt away the road win.
Keith Barksdale rumbled his way into the end zone from 9 yards out with 6:57 left in the third before Hawthorne’s 3-yard burst with 8:20 left to play.
“We were limited to what we could do offensively because of our depth issues,” Adams added.
Holtville opens region play next week at Handley.

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