Bulldogs edge Tigers 28-20

INDEPENDENCE – Ask any coach and they will tell you that when the playoffs arrive it’s all about making big plays. That was the case last week in independence when the Tigers played host to the Cecilia Bulldogs in the Class 3A Bi-District round of the playoffs.

The Bulldogs converted on three big fourth down plays in the game that would lead to three scores as they edged the Tigers 28-20 to advance to the Class 3A quarter-finals to face the Westlake Rams. Independence saw their season come to an end with an 8-3 overall record.

The Tigers got on the board first when Chris Carter scored on a 62-yard run in the first quarter to help give the Tigers a 7-0 lead. But the Bulldogs quickly answered and tied the game at 7-7 by the end of the first quarter.

Carter then gave Independence a 13-7 lead when he scored on a one-yard run in the second quarter. Independence outgained the Bulldogs 308 to 255 in total yards of offense but the Bulldogs were able to outscore the Tigers and pull off the win.

With the score 13-7 in favor of the Tigers the Bulldogs then went on a roll and scored the games next three touchdowns to claim a 28-13 lead over the Tigers. Cecilia was able to convert on three key fourth down situations in the game and that proved to be the difference in the game.

But the Tigers clawed their way back and cut the Bulldogs lead to 28-20 when Reggie Sims scored on a three-yard run. But the Tigers would have a couple of more chances late in the game but would not be able to convert and the Bulldogs went on to win the game 28-20.

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