TIMPSON — The Garrison Bulldogs crossed ‘the river’ Friday night with a six-game winning streak in the “Battle of the Attoyac” grudge match with the Timpson Bears. Despite the past two seasons finishing as Bulldog routs, this game was just the opposite, and was a defensive battle for three quarters. But Timpson was able to put the ball in the end zone in the final period to knock off the ’Dogs, 7-0, as THS won for only the 21st time in 63 meetings here at John Herbert Eakin Stadium.
It was the first District 11-2A DI victory for the Bears (3-4, 1-2 dist.), while Garrison (2-4), fell to 1-2 in league play in the logjam in the middle of the standings.
In other district games on Friday, Joaquin (5-1, 2-0 dist.) blew past Linden-Kildare (2-5, 1-2 dist.), 60-15, and Harleton (5-2, 2-1 dist.) eased past Beckville (2-4, 1-1 dist.), 42-14. Tenaha (4-2, 1-1 dist.) enjoyed a bye week.
Early on the Bears and Bulldogs traded possessions. On the final play of the opening quarter the ’Dogs forced a Bear fumble at their own seven-yard line, halting Timpson’s effort to take a first-half lead. But Garrison was unable to move the football for most of the second quarter as the Bears won the field possession battle. Nevertheless, the score remained scoreless at the break as Garrison intercepted a pass and then recovered a fumble at its own eight-yard line to keep the game scoreless.
Garrison took the second-half kickoff and moved within striking distance, before quarterback Chace Rodriguez was picked off at the Timpson two. That was the deepest threat of the third quarter.
The Bears scored the only points of the game with 4:16 remaining in the contest when Braden Courtney connected with Semaj Kelly for a 44-yard scoring aerial. The point after was good.
The Bulldogs had one last chance, but failed on fourth-and-two at the Timpson 10-yard line and the Bears prevailed.
Garrison will try to regroup this week when the Bulldogs host league-leading Beckville Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium.