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September 7, 2013
MORGANTON Even though Burns (3-0) and Freedom (2-1) are no longer fighting for a conference championship, or playing a conference game again one another, their rivalry is still strong. After being eliminated from the playoffs last season in a 19-18 overtime loss, Coach Matt Beam's Bulldogs went to Freedom Friday night with something to prove, and they did just that in cruising to a 24-6 victory over the Patriots.
The Bulldogs defense was dominate through the game, allowing just six points to a Patriot offense that had been averaging over 40 points per game this season. Burns' defense slammed the door on Freedom's opening drive of the game with a 4th-and-5 to go situation inside the 30 yard line, stopping Freedom just short of the first down.
QB Chris Montgomery and the Bulldogs then began their first offensive march of 70 yards and 12 plays, mostly behind the running of RB Tylan Ruff, and took the games first points on a two-yard run from Jaylin Hill. Ruff finished his strong performance of the night with 151 rushing yards.
The Patriots were able to get close again on their next possession, however a holding penalty set them back from inside the five yard line, forcing them to attempt a FG, which was missed wide right.
Montgomery took his offense on another long drive, this one covering 85 yards, culminating in a 16 yard keeper by Montgomery to give the Bulldogs a comfortable 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter.
Freedom has another drive stall out inside the 10 yard line as the Bulldogs defense put pressure on QB Titus Smith and forced a fumble, which was picked up by Bulldog Diamonte Hall.
The Bulldogs all but put the game away with 9:55 remaining to play in the game when Montgomery hit Hill for a 50 yard bomb, giving Coach Beam's squad a 21-0 advantage.
The Patriot we're finally able to punch through with points on the board late in the game when RB Chris Bridges took it across the goal line from one yard out. The Patriots attempted an onsides kick after the score, however it was unsuccessful.
A late 31 yard FG by senior Cody Dorsey gave Burns the final margin of 24-6 with 2:33 left to play.
The number 4 ranked Bulldogs will travel to Chase next Friday night to begin SMAC conference play. Freedom will pay a visit to Newton Conover in non-conference action.
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