DUMAS– Visiting Star City spotted Dumas a quick 7-0 lead, then reeled off 21 unanswered points, rushing for 436 yards in a 42-13 victory over the Bobcats in 8-4A Conference play Friday night.
As the contest opened, the Bobcats (1-6 overall, 1-3 in 8-4A) and Bulldogs (5-2, 2-2) used a total of just three plays and 37 seconds to score, then cooled down to end the first period tied at 7-7.
The Bobcats had taken the lead on the second play of the game on a 55-yard run by Lamar Hemphill and PAT by Jairo Ramirez with 11:23 left in the quarter, then Star City drew even on its first play from scrimmage on a 60-yard run by Da Junn Harris and point-after with 11:17 left.
The Bobcats drove from their 34 to the Bulldog 11 before missing a 30-yard field goal, then forced the first and only Star City punt.
The Bulldog defense stepped in and took over at that point, holding Dumas without a first down until early in the final quarter, at which point the game was out of reach at 42-13.
Star City took the lead for good on a 53-yard, seven-play drive, overcoming a pair of penalties as Harris took a pitch from quarterback Zack House and ran it in from the nine with 10:03 left in the half. The PAT made it 14-7, then Dumas went three-and-out as Martin Lee Walt punted to the 28.
The Bulldogs took eight plays to go up 20-7, scoring with 5:25 left on a 40-yard run by LaVonte Gardner. The PAT put the Bulldogs up 21-7.
House gave his team another shot after he intercepted a pass from quarterback Ryan Miller and ran it back to the Dumas 38, but he was sacked by Malachi Pointer on fourth down after chasing down a fumbled snap at the 35 and the Bobcats ran out the clock.
Star City drove 77 yards in six plays to open the second half, in spite of a holding call, to go ahead 28-7 on a 13-yard run by Gardner and the point-after with 9:50 on the clock.
Dumas started at its 41 and Miller’s first down pass was tipped and intercepted by Darien Washington to set up a 17-yard scoring run by House, who fumbled into the end zone and outfought a defender for the ball with 8:15 remaining to give Star City a 35-7 lead after the PAT.
The Bobcats answered with a 60-yard scoring pass from Miller to Mont’dre Spencer at the 7:11 mark. The PAT failed to leave the score 35-13.
A holding call negated an 85-yard kickoff return by Gardner, but after the ball was set back at the Dumas 40, House ran to the five and Reshod Davis carried it in from there with 6:28 left in the third. The PAT put the Bulldogs ahead 42-13.
After Dumas went three-and-out, Star City drove from its 15 to the Dumas one before missing a field goal try from 31 yards out with 11.4 seconds left.
The Bobcats dominated the final period, racking up eight first downs and completing eight passes, but gave up the ball on downs at the Star City 24 and 29 and on an interception at the eight by Luis Meza that he returned to the Bulldog 31 inside the final minute.
The Bulldogs were flagged for 13 penalties for 95 yards, not counting offsetting calls for unsportsmanlike conduct on each team on two occasions.
Dumas will celebrate Senior Night against DeWitt next Friday, while Star City hosts Lake Village Lakeside.