MFL MarMac Bulldog Football Wrap-Up
By Michael Newton
The 2013 Bulldog Football season will be one next year’s returning players will hopefully point to as the building block for a future district title. This season, the Bulldogs went 1-8 overall and 0-6 in the district— the same as last year—managing 35 total points for the season—19 in non-district games and 16 in district games. Since 2011, the Bulldogs have lost 18 district games in succession.
The highlight of the season was a 12-7 win over Ed-Co, who was also in the midst of a long losing streak at the time. Ed-Co went on to win two games this season.
The low point was a 32- yard total offensive output in a 66-0 loss to North Fayette Valley. The low defensive point was a 76-0 loss to South Winn.
It should be remembered that this was a new offense from former coach Ray Rankin’s quarterback runs every play or throws it. Coach Oppelt’s system is more a run first to establish the pass, and when you do pass it needs to be quick. Junior Quarterback Austin Schoulte showed in the first two games that, when given time, he can run the offense.
Statistical leaders for the 2013 Bulldogs include:
·passing—Austin Schoulte; 569 yards, 3 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He was sacked 14 times.
·rushing—Colby Ferguson; 103 attempts, 285 yards and 1 touchdown
·receiving—Brandon Schneider; 15 catches, 294 yards and one touchdown
·touchdowns (five players with one each)—Colby Ferguson, Brandon Schneider, Chase Strub, Liam Ruff and Matthew Meyer
·tackles—Andrew Zeeh; 20 solo tackles, 41 tackle assists and 61 total tackles
·sacks—Braxton Berns, 3
·interceptions—Bryce Burke, 1
·fumble recoveries—Austin Schoulte, 2
·punting—Austin Schoulte, 25 for 882 yards and an average of 35.3 yards per punt
·kickoffs—Austin Schoulte, 10 for 465 yards
Total offense for the season was 1,412 yards, an average of 157 yards per game.
The defense allowed 996 yards passing, a 111 yards allowed average, and 2,735 yards on the ground, for an average of 304 yards per game. The team allowed 3,731 total yards, for an average of 414.5 yards per game.