Wildcats blank Bulldogs in region opener

Published 1:23 am Saturday, September 14, 2013

By JORDON SEMIEN/For the Reporter

MONTEVALLO—The Montevallo High Bulldogs fell to 0-2 in region play to start the season, losing to Trinity Presbyterian, 42-0.

The Wildcats received the ball first and quickly marched down the field behind running back Christopher Hynniman, scoring a 42-yard touchdown run for a 6-0 lead at the 10:37 mark. The first drive for the Bulldogs stalled out at their own 28, resulting in a punt, downed at the Trinity 45.

On first down, the Dawgs stopped running back Hunter Johnson for a 2-yard loss, and then followed up on second down by covering a fumble by Johnson at the Trinity 45. The Dawgs failed to score on the turnover.

A bad snap on a Montevallo second and 17 try from their own 11 was recovered in the end zone by the Dawgs for a Trinity safety, pushing the lead to 8-0.

The Montevallo defense would sharpen quickly, forcing the Wildcats into another three and out, before Trinity broke through with 1:44 left in the half with a 1 yard keeper by David Slater, making it 15-0 Wildcats.

Montevallo got an interception by Blake Smith at its own 24, but the Dawgs couldn’t cash in before the half, heading in with a 15-0 deficit.

The Wildcats added scores from Ben Jones to start the third and a 23-yard Jake Engle field goal to extend the lead to 25-0. A Hynniman 7-yard run, a 41-yard Jack Amster field goal and a Preston Etheredge 17-yard run made the final score of 42-0.

After the game, head coach Andrew Zow was upbeat despite the loss.

“Defensively we played outstanding, (but) offensively we just have got there yet,” he said. “The main thing is just for us to get better. It’s a process of us getting better and understanding what kind of team we have this year. I do believe we’re a better team.”

The Bulldogs face a two game road trip starting Sept. 20 at Tarrant before returning home for a match with Midfield.