Bulldogs still seeking a win after first regional game

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Wartburg shut out 44-0 by Oneida

By The Staff

The Wartburg Bulldogs showed some defensive grit but came up short in their first district game Friday and lost 44-0 to the Oneida Indians.

Wartburg managed to force Oneida to punt the ball on the opening drive, as the Bulldog defense made one tackle for a loss (6-yards) and one no gain play to set up the Indians fourth and two special teams to take the field.

Wartburg head coach Kevin Human saw what he wanted out of the defense Friday, especially in the first half. Managing the run game was the focus for their defensive crew who held Oneida to 5-yard runs or less on 30 separate occasions, including one defensive turnover on downs with 4:50 to go in the first half that would electrify the crowd and place momentum on Wartburg’s side.

“We had intended on setting out to stop the run game this week, that’s what we game-planned for, and I think in the first half we did a pretty good job hanging with them,” Human said.

Bailey Craigo had eight solo tackles with one assist, while Boone Davidson was right behind him with six solo tackles for the night. Junior linebacker Josh Moore wound up grabbing five solo tackles and one tackle for a loss, while Noah Barnette came away with two solo tackles.

While the Bulldog defense held up against Oneida’s run game and managed to limit the Indians to a 23-0 lead at the half, it was a 30-yard run from Oneida on their opening drive in the third quarter that seemed to shift the momentum the other way.

Throughout the second half the Bulldogs only gave up three big run plays, each resulting in a touchdown.

Quarterback Jeremiah Davis saw plenty of play time Friday night as he completed 5-12 passes for 62 yards and ran the ball four times for 8-yards on the night. Freshman Tyler Davis took some snaps under center as well, going 3-9 for 22 yards.

Bailey Bunch hauled in three receptions for 36 yards, holding down a 12-yard average per reception. Noah Barnette and Jesse Melhorn both grabbed a pass as well for 20-yard gains each, and Saylor Jones, who played on both sides of the ball, had two solo tackles on defensive and 1 reception for 13-yards.

Human knows this team still has a long way to go to get them where he wants to be, but the outlook seems promising with such a young team.

“A lot of people don’t see how hard these kids work day in and day out,” Human said. “They’re putting their hearts in it and their playing their hearts out, but we’ve just got to keep working to get better.

“It’s just going to take some time, we’ve got a lot of youth on the field, we’ve just got to keep working…there’s nowhere to go for this program but up. We’re making gains in certain areas, its just one of those things that is gonna happen in time.”

The Bulldogs look to capitalize on their defensive efforts this week when they face off with the Oakdale Eagles (2-1) in a nonconference rivalry game.