TAYLOR— The Iola Bulldogs fought in their final game of the season. But despite a hard-fought game they came up short with a 48-0 loss to the Flatonia Bulldogs, finishing their season 4-7.
“We had a really good season and I’m sad it’s come to an end,” said senior Blake Driver, “We did the best we could. We did a lot of things that people said we couldn’t do so that in itself is an accomplishment. In the end, we gave it all we had.”
To begin the first quarter, Iola’s defense battled, but were unable to hold Flatonia’s aggressive offense. Flatonia scored 20 points in the first quarter on runs of 18, 19-and 25-yards. These scores were paired with only one successful two-point conversion.
In the second quarter, Iola’s defense was able to slow down Flatonia’s offensive advances, holding them to only one touchdown, a 25-yard pass and a successful two-point conversion. The Bulldogs began to pick it up when senior running back, Adam Crenshaw, ran the ball nearly 30 yards. Unfortunately, Flatonia stopped him less than 10 yards away from a touchdown. “It’s been a fun four years,” said Crenshaw, “We came out and worked every single day. It just didn’t end up the way we wanted it to.”
Coming out after halftime, despite Iola’s best efforts, they could not hold Flatonia’s offense for long. Flatonia scored another two touchdowns, 58-yard and 55-yard runs. Only one of the two-point conversions were successful.
To end the game, Iola almost put points on their side of the board on another 30-yard run, but Crenshaw was stopped short of the end zone. Flatonia was not satisfied with 42 points on the board and scored one more 5-yard touchdown to finish the game with an unsuccessful two-point conversion. The game ended with a 48-0 loss to Flatonia for Iola’s final playoff game.
“It was a good season and good group of kids.” We had great support in the community and school,” said Iola’s head coach Kerry Bamburg, “I couldn’t ask for a better group. I’m proud of these kids and am proud of the community. I just wish it could have ended better than it did.”
#6 Flatonia will match-up with La Pryor, 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at Benson Stadium in San Antonio.