The 8th Grade Bulldogs traveled to Center Grove North on Thursday to take on the powerhouse Trojans. The Dogs’ defense stepped up early on the Trojans’ first offensive series. Bishop Bambo intercepted a Center Grove pass and then took it all the way for a Bulldogs’ touchdown. After a quick three and out by the defense, the Dogs’ offense went to work. Zemonda Wilson would make a statement by taking the ball 60 yards on four plays for a Dogs’ TD. After a Trojans’ touchdown, the Dogs’ offense would capitalize again. Coulter Hamilton would hook up with Matthias Pilkington on a 45 yard pass. Zemonda Wilson would finish the drive on a 20 yard scamper into the end zone for his second of four TD’s on the night. Nick Berry would add the extra point. The Dogs’ defense led by Leighton Jones, Tyler Jones, and Nick Cloyd would continue to stifle the Trojans’ single wing offense in the first half. In the second half, the offensive line of Cole Teany, John Rushenberg, John Nabors, Javion Montgomery, and Elhadj Diallo would dominate the Trojans’ defense. In the third quarter, Coulter Hamilton would connect with Nick Cloyd on a 30 yard passing TD to put the game away. The Dogs would go on to win 32-20.
The 8th Grade Dogs took on rival Avon North Thursday Night in front of a capacity crowd. The BEMS student body was primed and ready to bring their school spirit after a fun-packed tailgate party. The Dogs, however, did not come out firing on all cylinders. The Dogs’ first possession on offense resulted in two punts after Avon gave the Dogs an extra set of downs on a roughing the kicker penalty. The Dogs’ defense stepped up early and forced Avon to a quick three and out. Again, the Dogs’ offense sputtered but the defense remained stout. Leighton Jones and company forced a QB sac and the secondary led by Alijah Balance shut down any threat of a passing game. The Dogs’ offense finally got things rolling in the 2nd Quarter on a much needed first down pick up by Zemonda Wilson. With the Dogs threatening in the red zone, Coulter Hamilton hit Leighton Jones on a 20 yard swing pass to get the Dogs on the board. Avon would strike back with a quick score off the Dogs’ kickoff. Just minutes into the second half, Alijah Balance sniffed out an Avon screen pass and took the interception to the HOUSE for the Dogs’ second score on the night. The Dogs’ defense would continue to dominate the Avon Offense. After forcing the Orioles to a turnover on downs, the Dogs’ offense got to work. Zemonda Wilson would lower his shoulder to stretch out a twenty yard run only to be called back on a Dogs’ penalty. On the very next play, Coulter Hamilton would fire a bullet to Nick Cloyd for a 65 yard TD pass. Zemonda Wilson would add the two point conversion on a foot race to the corner of the end zone. The Dogs would lead 20-7 going into the 4th quarter. The Dogs’ resilient Defense fought hard all night, but the Orioles squeaked in a late touchdown run. In the end, the Dogs win 20-14 to go 2-0 on the season. I LOVE FOOTBALL!
(Rescheduled from 09-10-2018) After a soggy stretch of weather, the 8th grade Dog’s postponed game against Zionsville Middle was played Monday night on the “BIG” field. The Dogs - right away - took advantage of the dry, bright playing conditions. After a forced fumble by the Dogs Defense, the Dogs would strike first blood on a 40 yard TD run by Zemonda Wilson. Nick Berry would add the extra point. Early in the second quarter, the Eagles would score after a rare Dogs’ turnover. Nonetheless, the Dogs would rebound. After a key first down reception by Ty Moffitt, Zemonda Wilson would tip toe down the sideline to put the Dogs inside the 20 yard line. Coulter Hamilton would then hit Leighton Jones on a pass over the middle to put the Dogs ahead 14-6. The second half would belong to the Dogs. Jalen Douoning would rally the defense to stop an early third quarter Eagles drive. The Dogs would again go to work on long field, starting on their own 15 yard line. The Dogs offensive line of Javion Montgomery, John Rushenburg, John Nabors, Cole Teany, and Elhadj Diallo would pound out holes for Zemonda Wilson’s second TD of the game. The Dogs would lead 21-6 after three quarters. In the fourth quarter, the Dogs were backed up close to their end zone, with Eagle’s threating to make a late defensive stand. On third and sixteen, Coulter Hamilton would hook up with Leighton Jones on an out pattern resulting in a 75 yard rumble to the house! Nick Berry would add his fourth extra point in the game. The Dogs end up with the win 28-6 to improve to 3-0 on the season. Come out Thursday night as the Dogs continue bird hunting season as they take on the Orioles of Avon Middle School South. The BEMS Food Drive will continue through Thursday night. If you bring TWO items, you will receive a free bag of the best POPCORN in Hendricks County.
The 8th Grade Dogs took on powerhouse and conference foe Avon South Thursday night. From the opening kickoff, both teams knew the game would be a battle of determination, toughness, and timely execution. Both teams got a little momentum on their first drive, but both defenses stiffened to force each punter to spend little time on the sideline. On the Dogs’ second procession, facing a 4th and 3 from the Dog’s 45 yard line, Zemonda Wilson took the handoff all the way to the house for the touchdown. Nick Berry would pin the Orioles deep on the ensuing kick off. The Dog’s D led by LB’s Leighton Jones, Tyler Jones, and Jaylen Wilson forced the Orioles to a three and out. The Dogs had plenty of time to score before the half, but the two minute offense sputtered, forcing a long fourth down decision. Nick Berry got the nod to attempt a 43 yard field goal to increase the Dogs’ 6-0 lead. With a lot of incredulous onlookers, the bomb kick by Nick Berry missed the left upright by inches. At the start of the second half, Avon would take the lead on their first play from scrimmage on a long, pass play. Not to panic, the Dogs would regain the lead on another long, scamper to the end zone by Zemonda Wilson. Coulter Hamilton would then hit Leighton Jones on a dump pass to tack on the two point conversion. On the next Oriole possession, the Dogs’ D forced a critical fumble, giving the offense excellent field position. Leighton Jones would rumble to the five yard on a swing pass by Coulter Hamilton. On the next play, Caleb Heldman would take the toss sweep to the pylon for a game securing touchdown! The Dogs down the Orioles 20-8 to remain unbeaten on the season. Great win, boys!
The 8th Grade Dogs traveled to Zionsville West Thursday Night to take on the pesky Eagles. The Dogs defense let by Leighton Jones, Jalen Douoning and Isaac Onwodi would step up early to force the Eagles to a turnover on downs. The Dogs offense got to work with a 30 yard jet sweep by Mikey Cabreros. Coulter Hamilton would then hook up with Mikey Cabreros on a 10 yard pass for a Bulldogs’ Touch Down. Nick Berry added the extra point. The Dogs’ offense would continue to roll in the first quarter. Zemonda Wilson would tack on two more scores with a 10 yard gallop into the end zone and a 55 yard scamper, outrunning several Zionsville defenders. For the first time this year, the Dogs’ defense allowed consecutive scores by the opponent. Nonetheless, the Dogs would go into half time with a 21-14 lead. On the first play from scrimmage in the second half, Zemonda Wilson would go 50 yards up the middle to give the Dogs a two touchdown lead. Nick Berry would add his third extra point. Late in the third quarter, Zemonda Wilson would break another fifty yarder for his fourth TD on the night to seal the victory for the Dogs. Final score: BEMS 34, ZWMS 22. The Dogs will be on the road on next Thursday to take on Southport Middle.
The 8th Grade Dogs traveled south on Thursday to take on the Southport Middle School Cardinals. The Dogs were – once again – poised for a bird hunt. After the opening kickoff, the Dogs’ offense quickly moved the ball down the field. Coulter Hamilton would connect with Matthias Pilkington on a 40 yard strike. Zemonda Wilson would take a handoff and scamper inside the ten for a Dogs’ first and goal. Coulter Hamilton attempted to hit Nick Cloyd on a slant pass, but the ball was tipped and picked off by a Cardinal defender. Southport would start their drive deep inside their own territory, However, Southport’s BIG #22 would rumble and rumble his way down the field. The Dog’s defense was bending, but they refused to break. Faced with a third and short situation, John Nabors broke through the line to make a smashing tackle in the backfield. Southport would eventually turn the ball over on downs. Zemonda Wilson and Mikey Cabreros, would go to work on the ground along with Coulter Hamilton and Stone Robinson in the air to get the Dogs back into scoring territory. With just a few ticks left on the clock before the half, Coulter Hamilton would connect with Leighton Jones for a ten yard touchdown pass. Nick Berry would knock the extra point through for a 7-0 BEMS halftime lead. The second half would prove to be another tough battle for both the offense and defense. The Cardinals would stick to their ground game with BIG #22, and the Dog’s would come down with penalty (itis) on offense. Nonetheless, Stone Robinson would step up big for the defense and make a great play on the ball for a Bulldog interception! Not to spoil the opportunity, the Dog’s offense chipped away yardage and eventually came knocking on Southport’s door once again. A big defensive play by the Cardinals forced a third and long situation for the Dogs. With blinding sun in his eyes, Nick Cloyd would dive in the back of the end zone to haul in a Coulter Hamilton pass that narrowly escaped the hands of several Cardinal defenders. Dogs win 14-0 to remain perfect on the season. Next up: West for all the marbles.
NBC should have moved their coverage of Monday Night Football from New Orleans to Brownsburg West Middle School. Two teams with the same Brownsburg DNA, separated by less than a mile, and only one loss on the season between the two came together to grind it out in the annual Bulldog Bowl. A game that wouldn’t just decide who hosts the trophy but who would also be crowed conference champions. Your East Dogs would put together a balanced offensive attack on their opening drive. Your East Dogs drove the ball deep into West territory, but was not able to convert on a fourth a short opportunity. After a turnover on downs, Caleb Markus and Co. did not take long to find the end zone to take the early lead. With no doubts and panic, East would answer with two touchdowns of their own. It looked as if East would take a small lead into halftime, but West was able to find a hole in the East defense. Both teams would go into halftime separated by a one point lead by West. The second half would not disappoint the packed house. Both teams would trade touchdowns in the third quarter and go into the fourth with East trailing 22-20. West put together a methodical, offensive drive that chewed up field position and precious minutes off the clock. West would surrender the pigskin on a turnover on downs. Thus, your East Bulldogs had one last chance to pull off a magical ending. It was not to be. As Vince Lombardi would say, “We didn’t lose the game: we just ran out of time.”
This game was not about individual performances, but more about team resilience, heart, and pride. The coaching staff is incredibly proud of your EFFORT and phenomenal season.
This night –without a doubt- goes down as a classic East vs. West Bulldog Bowl. Congratulations to West on their terrific season!