PORTAGEVILLE-- The lights of Friday night are once again a welcomed site in the city of Portageville, as their Bulldogs snapped a long home losing streak Friday with a 47-18 win over the Charleston Bluejays.
It seemed to be Portageville's night right from the beginning. The Bulldogs (2-1) saw the success of their aggressive spread offense early, as junior quarterback Caden Robbins connected with Fernando Minnis in the endzone and freshmen sensation Dominique Walker punched it across the line to give Portageville a 15-0 edge after a quarter of play.
The Bulldogs continued to pile it on, putting up the first score of the second quarter on a 2-play, 99 yard drive that consisted of a 43-yard dash from Robbins and the 57-yard touchdown scamper by Walker.
Charleston (0-3) would fight back in the second as they were able to put up two scores of their own, one on a Deonte Jones run and the other on a Jones pass to Maurice Moore, leaving Portageville with a 21-12 edge heading into the halftime locker rooms.
The second half would be nearly all Bulldogs, as they outscored the Bluejays 4-to-1 in the touchdown column in the second half.
An elated Robbins said it was a good feeling to win one at home, as they Portageville only snapped a 32-game losing streak last week in Scott City.
"It felt pretty good to see 47 points on the home side of the scoreboard rather than the guest," he said. "We feel like all of our hard work is starting to payoff."
Bulldogs head coach Lee Wallace noted that his quarterback and defensive leader Robbins impressed a sell-out home crowd on Friday.
"He (Robbins) is an outstanding young fellow," Wallace said. "He is a tough competitor, never coming off the field. A lot of the old time football players saw a tough kid tonight in Caden that could have played in any era."
Portageville showed stout offense on Friday, but Wallace feels that Charleston was able to force them to adapt.
"There were some things tonight that we wanted to do tonight that we were not able to, on both sides of the ball," he said. "But what I liked is that we were able to improvise. We ran the ball well and you can't complain about that."
Bluejays head coach Jeremy Helton said his struggling squad did have bright spots in Friday's outing.
"We had some bright spots tonight. When you are struggling and trying to rebuild, you focus on those bright spots. But our turnovers and defense are still preventing from competing in these games. All that said, we did do some things tonight that we can build on."
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