CLYDE — The Clyde Bulldogs won the toss and just about everything else on Friday night, as they downed Early 55-14 in the Longhorns final game of the season.
After winning the toss, the Bulldogs (4-5, 3-2) scored the first three touchdowns of the game on three long pass plays and never looked back.
“I’m disappointed. I wanted more for these kids,” said Early head coach Kent Hawthorne. “I know a bunch of them played hard. … They never quit.”
Early (3-7, 2-4), who has a bye in the final week of the regular season, got on the board on the legs of Joaquin Pessina. The Junior scored on a 7-yard touchdown run, and Blake Steele added the extra point. It would be the Longhorns only score in the first half, as the two teams headed to the lockerroom with Clyde in control, 48-7.
The second half was much better to the Longhorns.
Early took the kickoff to start the final 24 minutes and proceeded to march 85 yards to the end zone. Once again it was Pessina getting the touchdown on a 5-yard run to cap off a 9:47 long drive. Steele added the extra point and the Longhorns had cut into the Clyde lead, 48-14.
The Bulldogs added another touchdown in the fourth quarter to put the final margin at 41 points.
The loss ended any hopes of the Longhorns making the playoffs, which they have not competed in since 2008.