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Hartselle Enquirer

Priceville gets by Ardmore, 40-21

By Staff
Zonya Ponder, Enquirer Correspondent
The Ardmore Tigers could not stop the bite of the Priceville Bulldogs in Priceville's win Friday night at Bulldog Stadium in Priceville. The Bulldogs (4-4, 3-3 in Region 7) earned another region win with the score of 40-21.
"We did pretty good tonight," Priceville's Chase Gladwell said. "It was a tough game but we pulled it out."
Priceville's ROTC started the game with the blast of a real (and very loud) cannon in the outfield that would continue to fire through out the game, one blast for every Bulldog touchdown and one to end the two halves.
Ardmore was held to a three-and-out on the opening possession and was forced to punt. Priceville's Aaron Sawyer took the punt and advanced it to the 44-yard line to help set up Priceville's first scoring drive. After a nine-play push to the Ardmore 1-yard line, Logan Manthey ran it in to put the first points on the scoreboard.
Ardmore was quick to respond as T.J. Duncan returned a Priceville punt to the Bulldogs' 29-yard line to set the visitors up in good field position. Landon Curtis scored from 5 yards out and Ardmore knotted the score at 7-7 with 2:16 left in the first quarter.
Priceville ended the quarter and moved into the next with some exciting plays that had the crowd getting to their feet. On the kickoff return Priceville fumbled the ball but Aaron Sawyer recovered it for the Bulldogs. The next two plays were littered with penalties on Priceville but the Bulldogs pushed down to Ardmore's 32-yard line where quarterback Logan Manthey was pushed out of bounds and a cameraman and Priceville players were caught up in the mad tangle.
Priceville kept the drive going deep in Tiger territory and Eli Allen found the end zone from 1 yard out.
The Tigers came right back with a drive to Priceville's 43-yard line where Jake Marlow drove it home for the touchdown. The extra point was good and the Tigers evened the score to 14-14 in the middle of the second quarter.
Priceville answered the touchdown with another score, pushing the Tigers back in the next three plays. The scoring play was a nifty running back pass, with Allen connecting with Sawyer for a 70-yard touchdown. The extra point was no good for the Bulldogs, leaving the score at 20-14.
Priceville kicked off to Ardmore but Eli Allen later intercepted on the Tigers and also scored on a 6-yard pass from Manthey. Priceville's 2-point conversion attempt was stopped by a tough Tiger defense, ending play in the first half with the Bulldogs leading 26-14.
Priceville came out in the third quarter with possession of the ball and started a hard drive to the Ardmore 47-yard line where the Tigers intercepted. But the Tigers fumbled on the next play and Priceville picked up possession of the ball at midfield.
The Bulldogs moved the ball deep in the next eight plays and scored when Priceville's Scott Smith caught a 21-yard pass from Manthey.
The Tigers struck right back with a five-play drive to score on the Bulldogs with 1:33 to go in the third quarter. The kick was good and cut the Priceville lead to 33-21.
The last quarter of play saw Jeremy Hale making a 15-yard touchdown reception and Lorand Dragu adding the extra point to propel the score to 40-21 to end the game.
"This was a big win after playing flat last week," Priceville coach Donald Weeks said. "We came out and played well top to bottom. We knew it was going to be a tough game with a good team but our blocking was great tonight."
The Priceville Bulldogs face the East Lawrence Eagles in Trinity on Friday at 7 p.m.

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