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North Dallas tops Kimball to snap 27-game district losing streak
January 23, 2010By Christopher Barnhill of North Dallas High School Booster Club
By Gary Piña
The Bulldogs opened the season with a classic victory and they closed the season with an even better classic thriller.
North Dallas defeated the Kimball Knights, 50-44, despite giving up four touchdowns on kickoff returns. The victory also snapped a 27-game district losing streak, dating back to 2005.
As the final seconds ticked off the clock, the team soaked head coach Meredith Hamilton with water. And when the game ended, students, parents and fans took to the field to celebrate the Bulldogs' victory. The drill team even performed.
The Bulldogs dominated the game, but could never put the Knights away. After each Bulldogs score in the second half, they went with the onside kick on the ensuing kickoff, and Kimball returned the kickoffs into touchdowns of 58, 70 and 65 yards.
Junior running back Geremy Aldridge rushed for 197 yards on 31 carries and scored four touchdowns. He finished the season with more than 1,000 yards rushing.
Quarterback LaDedrick Washington rushed for 104 yards on 16 carries and scored one touchdown. He also completed six of 11 passes for 106 yards and threw one touchdown. He also ran for four two-point conversions and threw for another two-point conversion.
Receiver Charles Poe caught three passes for 81 yards, including a 52-yard scoring pass from Washington, and also caught a pass for the two-point conversion.
The 50 points was the most since the Bulldogs beat Thomas Jefferson, 47-0, in their last district win in 2005.
The Bulldogs also scored 28 points in the first quarter to take a 28-16 lead after the first quarter.
Kimball scored first, but the Bulldogs came back on a 3-yard touchdown run by Aldridge.
On the next series, lineman Qualyon Morgan scooped up a fumble and ran 58 yards for a score to give the Bulldogs the lead.
The Knights returned the kickoff back for a touchdown to tie the score at 16-16.
North Dallas drove for another touchdown capped by Aldridge's 2-yard run, and after an interception, Washington connected with Poe on a 52-yard scoring play.
Kimball ended the first half with a halfback touchdown pass to close the margin to 28-22.