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Bulldogs get homecoming win over Redskins

Harlem 35, Social Circle 0

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HARLEM — After falling just short in two of its first three games this year, Harlem put together a dominating performance and sent the  homecoming crowd out happy Friday, beating Social Circle 35-0.

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Harlem's Austin Burt picks up yards early in the game against Social Circle.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
Harlem's Austin Burt picks up yards early in the game against Social Circle.

TEAM PAGE: Harlem Bulldogs

The Bulldogs (1-3) came in with a 13-game losing streak since winning their final game of 2010, while the Region 8-AA Redskins entered with an eight-game losing streak – a 13-game streak if not counting a 1-0 forfeit win over Athens Christian last year.

“It feels good to win a football game,” Harlem coach Jimmie Lewis said.

“Now I can go out in the community on the weekend,” he said jokingly.

The offense pounded the Red­skins on the ground, gaining 379 yards. However, it was the defense that turned in something Lewis had never seen in his time at Harlem, never allowing a first down.

The Redskins gained a total of 19 yards.

The Redskins (0-3) recovered a fumble at the Bulldogs’ 30-yard line in Harlem’s opening possession, but the defense allowed just five yards and got the ball back on downs.

That would be the last time the Redskins would come close to crossing into the Bulldogs’ territory.

“The win feels like a long time coming, and we deserve it,” said junior defensive end Tyler Sheppard, who helped lead the defensive charge. “We were executing everything just right and just shutting it down.”

The offense held onto the ball for long chunks of time with sustained scoring drives.

Their first drive was representative of the game. Harlem went 75 yards in nine plays – all runs – taking 3:25 off the clock as sophomore Dontel Frails went in from two yards out.

Frails added three more rushing touchdowns while amassing 151 yards on 24 carries. Austin Burt rushed for 121 yards on 13 carries, and seven other Bulldogs got the call to tote the ball.

“I just followed my blocks and ran hard,” Frails said.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead, then used a nine-play, 75-yard drive on their first possession of the third quarter to go up 28-0.

HARLEM 35, SOCIAL CIRCLE 0

PLAY OF THE GAME: When Harlem’s offense fumbled deep in its own territory to start the game, the defense got the ball back on downs, setting the tone for the rest of the contest.

STAR OF THE GAME: Sophomore Dontel Frails rushed for 151 yards and scored four rushing touchdowns.

WHY HARLEM WON: The running game chewed up huge chunks of yardage and time.

WHY SOCIAL CIRCLE LOST: Harlem’s defense did not allow a first down while holding Social Circle to 19 total yards.

Records: Social Circle 0-3; Harlem 1-3.

NEXT: Harlem at Screven County, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

HARLEM 35, SOCIAL CIRCLE 0

Social Circle 0 0 0 0 – 0

Harlem  14 7 7 7 – 35

First Quarter

H–Dontel Frails 2 run (Dalton White kick), 4:36

H–Dontel Frails 10 run (White kick), :01

Second Quarter

H–Dontel Frails 2 run (White kick), :46

Third Quarter

H–Dontel Frails 3 run (White kick), 5:13

Fourth Quarter

H–Austin Burt 10 run (White kick), 11:08

 SCH
First Downs026
Rushes-Yards20-1556-379
Passing Yards440
Comp.-Att.-Int.1-5-12-5-0
Fumbles-Lost1-14-1
Punts-Avg.6-39.32-33.5
Penalties-Yards9-607-65

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–Social Circle: M.J. Hester 6-7, Logan Hicks 6-11, Jake Howard 6-0, Kendrick Freeman, 2 -3. Harlem: Dontel Frails 24-151, Austin Burt 13-121, Jordan Dorsey 1-3, Trey Price 4-22, Devin Frails 7-36, Austin LeDoux 2-24, Robert Rau 1-17, Hunter Rippe 2-5.

PASSING–Social Circle: Howard 1-5-1 4. Harlem: Price  2-5-0 40.

RECEIVING–Social Circle: Jared Lill 1-4. Harlem: Austin Ledoux 2-4.


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