HUMBLE — HUMBLE — For the first half of Thursday’s game against Summer Creek, Coach Brandon Faircloth’s much-improved Indians had the fourth-ranked Bulldogs right where they wanted them.
Then the Indians watched Summer Creek storm to 24 third quarter points and succumbed to the Bulldogs 38-17.
Trailing 17-14, after PN-G’s backup quarterback Adam Morse delivered a strong second quarter in relief of starter Ky Walker, the Bulldogs stormed out of the gate in the third quarter. On the second play after the kickoff, Sharp found A. J. Jeffery behind Bryce Meche for a 51-yard touchdown pass. The score came just 51 seconds into the third quarter and Summer Creek would not trail again.
On the Bulldogs next possession, De’Unte Chatman ran for 26 yards and Sharp passed for 22 yards to Sydney Holt-Washington, but the Tribe defense stiffened and Summer Creek settled for a 26 yard field goal by Juan Castellanos.
PN-G could not move the football, so they punted the ball back to Summer Creek.
The Bulldogs moved 80 yards in 12 plays with Braden scoring on a two yard run with 1:26 left in the third quarter to increase Summer Creek’s lead to 31-17.
Summer Creek’s Gairy Graves stepped in front of an Adam Morse pass intended for Jeremiah Rose and returned the ball to the Tribe 48. Two plays later, Sharp found Corrion Ballad on a 13-yard scoring strike for the final score of the evening with seven seconds left in the third quarter.
PN-G started the game with a four wide receiver offense and crisp pinpoint passes keep the powerful Bulldogs off the field. PN-G ran 47 first half plays to 25 for Summer Creek.
Late in the first quarter, Jeffery returned a Blake Lane punt 44 yards to the PN-G 12. A penalty pushed Summer Creek back to the 24 before Sharp connected with Ballard on a 24-yard scoring strike that gave the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead.