The Harlem Bulldogs put together a dominant and historic homecoming performance Friday night.
The team beat the Social Circle Redskins 35-0, ending a 13-game losing streak dating back to the beginning of the 2011 season.
While the offense pounded the Redskins (0-3) on the ground, gaining 379 yards, Harlem’s defense allowed just 19 yards of offense and did not allow a first down.
“We didn’t give up any first downs and that’s something I haven’t seen at Harlem in 37 years,” said head coach Jimmie Lewis, who added that defensive coordinator Lonnie Morris called a perfect game.
The Redskins recovered a fumble at the Bulldogs’ 30-yard line in Harlem’s opening possession, but the defense allowed just five yards and got the ball back on downs. That was the last play the Redskins in Bulldog territory.
“The win feels like a long time coming and we deserve it,” said junior defensive end Tyler Sheppard, who helped lead the Bulldogs’ defensive charge. “We were executing everything just right and just shutting it down.”
Already leading 14-0, the Bulldogs’ defense recovered a fumble at the Redskins’ 15-yard line, setting up a Dontel Frails two-yard touchdown run four plays later.
The drive was different than most the Bulldogs put together, chewing up yardage and the clock, including two nine-play, 75-yard touchdown drives.
“The offensive line moved people out of the way and we controlled the ball,” Lewis said.
While Harlem had eight different players with carries, it was sophomores Frails and Austin Burt who had the most impact.
Frails finished with four rushing touchdowns and amassed 151 yards on 24 carries. Burt had 121 rushing yards on 13 carries and a 10-yard score.
“I just followed my blocks and ran hard,” said Frails.
Quarterback Trey Price was 2 for 5 for 40 yards passing in the first half, and the Bulldogs did not attempt a pass in the second half.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead and used a nine-play, 75-yard drive on their initial possession of the third quarter to go up 28-0.
• Augusta Christian (5-0) remained unbeaten with a 40-6 rout of Pinewood Prep Friday night. Tyler Roberson threw for three scores while fullback Sean Sweeting ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
• Lakeside (1-2) got its first win of the year, pounding Westside 43-7. Jonathan Edwards scored on a 37-yard run and caught a 72-yard touchdown pass from Tom Proctor as they scored 20 second quarter points to break it open.
• Augusta Prep (2-2) lost another heartbreaker, 22-21, to Georgia Force. Nate Pylant scored on a seven-yard run with 1:25 left in the game but the Cavaliers’ two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful.
• Evans improved to 2-1 with a 24-20 win over Jefferson County. The Knights recovered two fumbles on kickoffs and blocked an extra point to lead the way.