On Saturday afternoon, the McDade Bulldogs took on the Mount Calm Panthers. Since it was McDade’s Homecoming, there was a parade as well as a homecoming court ceremony before the game that drew a bigger crowd than normal.
The Bulldogs play six-man football, which only allows for six people to be on the field at a time for each team. There are a few different rules that come with playing six-man, like playing on an 80-yard field, requiring 15 yards to the first down instead of the traditional ten, and extra-point field goals are worth two points, to name a few.
The Panthers shocked the crowd by taking the first kickoff of the game to the house, making the score 6-0 with only seconds taken off of the clock. Things looked grim for the Bulldogs after allowing a 35-yard touchdown pass, then turning the ball over in the air and on the ground.
McDade showed resilience by getting an interception of their own and breaking a 52-yard run for a touchdown by #10 Anthony Cottrill. With a momentum-changing touchdown run, McDade went up 20-12 at halftime.
Both teams came out of halftime on fire. Both McDade and Mount Calm scored on their opening drives, but the Bulldogs could not be tamed. They scored touchdowns on their next three possessions, making the score 48-20. Along with stellar offensive play, McDade’s defense forced multiple three and outs, as well as fumbles, which made Mount Calm’s late-game heroics a non-factor. The Bulldogs win 64-32.
Bulldogs’ head coach, Justin Humphries, said the team takes pride in protecting their home field, and it meant that much more that they could do it in front of a bigger crowd on homecoming.
“It’s great to hear the ringing of the bell, the band playing and everyone cheering us on when we score," he said. "I love it.”
McDade will travel to Williamson County HomeSchool on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m.