EUSTACE — The Eustace Bulldogs were in mid-season for a quarter or so here Friday night, long enough to put Grand Saline out of the ball game.

After that the reviews were mixed on a team that got five personal foul penalties and had 65 yards worth of flag work in the first half alone. Delay of game penalties, too many men on the field type mental mistakes tarnished anotherwise impressive performance.

Forget the penalties for a moment. The ‘Dogs, who now play in what their head coach Doug Wendell has labeled “the boneyard,” had too much speed and quickness for Grand Saline, running up a 26-0 halftime lead before penalties started breaking their momentum.

And when the Dog were doing things right, they were putting on a show, earning a 33-7 victory, their second of the season in two games, and one more victory than they achieved all last season.

Eustace found all sorts of ways to get into the end zone, first with a methodical 15-play, 70-yard drive, concluded by a six-yard Trevan Johnson touchdown; then a one -play 78-yard explosion by Shawn Baldwin, followed by a 45-yard halfback pass, Rusty Hart to Zach Keeling, and a a plain old 11-yard touchdown run by by sophomore quarterback Chris Compton.

The 2-0 ‘Dogs kept the Indians out of the end zone until the 11:54 mark of the fourth quarter when quartrback Kyle Monty scored from the three.

Just over a minute of playing time later, Johnson broke loose on a crowd-pleasing 74-yard touchdown run. Even then the offiicials had to call a committee meeting to talk about it for several minutes. The ‘Dogs had managed to get another personal foul penalty on the play, but it was tacked on to the kickoff.

Johnson carried the ball just seven times, but he gained 106 yards and two touchdowns when he touched the ball.

The Bulldogs defense played well in the first half but appeared to tire a little in the in the second half.

The ‘Dogs opening drive featured a quicker Eustace team with Compton running the opeiton, pitching wide for a 17 yard gain by Johnson and a 13-yard run on a keeper play.

Wendel has been stressing ball-control offense and more aggressiveness from his team since the first day of workouts, and the ‘Dogs showed plenty of that.

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