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Bulldogs defense leads win over Carter-Riverside

January 23, 2010
North Dallas High School Booster Club



BULLDOGS NOW 2-0

By Gary Piña

Bulldogs defense leads win over Carter-Riverside 

    The North Dallas defense stuffed a Carter-Riverside rally in the fourth quarter and held on for a 14-7 victory Thursday night in a rain/lightning delayed game at Franklin Field.

    The win gives North Dallas a 2-0 record for the first time since 2001 when the team went 6-4, their last winning season. Up next is Diamond Hill-Jarvis and another possible victory.

   "I told the team we have an opportunity to go 3-0," coach Meredith Hamilton said, thinking about Diamond Hill-Jarvis next. "But we still have go out there and earn it. 

    "It's hard to tell about district right now. Some teams are down and we're up. Our goal is to be 3-0 going into district. Then we have to take it week by week, and we can be a playoff team."

    Leading 14-0 at the end of the third quarter, officials suspended the game because of lightning in the area. And what a show it was.

While most fans left, both teams waited it out and the game finally resumed. 

   With the Bulldogs having trouble moving the ball, Carter-Riverside drove 59 yards in eight plays to cut the lead to 14-7 with about seven minutes remaining.

   "The team played hard up to that point," Hamiilton said. "I think after the rain delay, we lost some of that energy."

   On the next possession, the Bulldogs offense held on to the ball for the next 5 to 7 minutes, picking up three first downs in the drive. One play included a screen pass to Geremy Aldridge, who scored on the play only to see it called back because of a penalty. Quarterback Ladedrick Washington also left the game because of injury and Aldridge took over. 

    The drive finally stalled deep in Carter-Riverside territory and the Eagles got the ball back at their 10-yard line with 2:09 left to play.

   But the Bulldogs defense rose to the occasion and stopped Carter-Riverside on four staight plays. North Dallas took the ball over on downs at the Eagles' 3-yard line with less than a minute remaining.   

   Aldridge finished with 74 yards on 27 carries and caught three passes for 57 yards.

   Washington rushed for 102 yards on 17 carries and also completed four of 12 passing for 83 yards and one interception.

   The Bulldogs scored in the first quarter on a Aldridge's 1-yard touchdown run. The highlight of the drive was a 34-yard pass play from Washington to Eric Huckaby.

   Washington scored on a 15-yard run in the second quarter. He  had a 24-yard run in the drive.

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