Bulldogs fall to Newcastle on a saturated field and adverse weather conditions

Photos by Tony Montoya WHSFB1: Wheatland High School senior JP Anderson hauls in a six-yard touchdown pass from Brock Peasley with 10:54 left in the first quarter. It was the initial score of the game in less than ideal weather conditions with rain falling throughout the duration. WHSFB2: Ryland Petroski carries the ball for an eight-yard game in the second quarter of last Friday night’s first conference game against Newcastle. Unfortunately the Bulldogs lost a heartbreaker in double overtime 20-18.

WHEATLAND – The Bulldogs dropped their third straight game to start the season. While relatively early yet in the season, the boys are looking for ways to turn it around.

The rain began falling hard just before noon on Friday and continued to fall throughout the game, making the field slick and hard to get any traction. It rained hard enough so that a portion of the track was under water.

The Bulldogs came on firing on all cylinders and looked as though they had turned the corner with Brock Peasley and JP Anderson hooking up for a 6-yard touchdown pass with just over 10 minutes left in the first quarter.

Newcastle then marched the ball back down the other way and scored on a long 46-yard pass play to tie up the score.

After that the weather changed for the worse and it started getting increasingly difficult to gain ground. For the game, the Dogs for the second straight week came out in every stat but the one that counted for the victory.

“We for the the second week in a row have out gained our opponent,” said head coach Cody Bohlander. “We can move the ball well at times and then we seem to freeze up or nerves take over as we approach the end zone. We out gained Newcastle by over 150 yds but could not convert when we would get close to the red zone or even in the red zone. Our play is improving, but our mistakes are haunting us in games. We work so hard to get into scoring position a lot and it slips out of our figures with mental errors or penalties. We have some big games coming up and need to get some wins as we push forward to try and get us into the top 4 from our side of the conference for playoffs, we have the capability of doing it, but just need get over our growing pains and play a clean game of football.”

The Bulldogs will be traveling to Torrington for a Friday night game. Torrington dropped the first two games of the season before narrowly defeating conference foe Burns 27-21 in overtime last week.

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