Ricebirds pick up first win


DUMAS – Stuttgart’s Tyler Luster carried the ball 23 times for 137 yards, scoring a touchdown and a PAT as the Ricebirds moved to 1-2 with a 14-0 win at Dumas on Friday.

The loss kept Dumas winless at 0-3 in a steady downpour.

It was fellow senior Tyiiereek Walker who gave the Ricebirds all the points they would need when he ran up the middle for 25 yards and a touchdown at the 2:00 mark of the opening period. The PAT kick failed, leaving the score 6-0.

Dumas had opened the game at the Stuttgart 39, but netted nothing on four plays to give the ball over on downs three minutes later. Cortland Austin of the Bobcats recovered a fumble at the Ricebird 43 three plays later, but Dumas gave it right back at the 36 four plays later.

Stuttgart used the next 3:54 to score on Walker’s run to take the lead.

The Bobcats started at their 35 after the kickoff went out of bounds and netted three yards before punting. The Dumas defense forced Stuttgart to punt from its 37 and the Bobcats reached the Ricebird 47 on a 20-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Miller to Lamar Hemphill before punting three plays later. The teams traded punts before Bobcat Ladarius Harris intercepted a pass from Ricebird quarterback Mailk Brasfield and Dumas ran two plays for losses from the Stuttgart 26 to end the half.

The Ricebirds took the second half kickoff and drove 67 yards on 13 plays, all on the ground and with 10 of the plays runs by Walker, to go ahead 12-0 with 6:04 left in the third period. Walker easily got the PAT to make it 14-0.

Dumas ran one play following the kickoff before Stuttgart’s Carter Ward recovered a fumble at the Ricebird 41, but the visitors punted from the Dumas 45 after one first down, pinning the Bobcats back at their 8.

Dumas then had its first serious threat, but mistakes again ruined the opportunity.

Junior running back Brenston Neal broke free to the 20 for only the second first down of the game for Dumas to that point and the Bobcats kept the ball until the 7:20 mark of the final period, giving the ball back to Stuttgart on a fumble on second down from the Ricebird 25 on a play that appeared rushed as the 25 second clock was about to expire.

The Ricebirds gave the ball back on downs at the Stuttgart 48 with 1:56 remaining and the Bobcats reached the 5 before fumbling on a botched play out of the spread with 37.4 seconds left.