McDONOUGH — When people filed into the Ola Mustang stadium Friday night, there was little that could be expected outside of solid football from two region 4-AAAAA teams but the sealing interception by Dutchtown late preserved the 13-7 victory.
It was a drama filled night as the low scoring game in the first half opened up in the second. The Bulldogs had many costly penalties but the same could be said for the Ola Mustangs.
Both teams opened the game with their respective drives ending too soon and gutsy fourth down play calls failing in the first four minutes of action, the game was destined to be intense.
When the Bulldogs survived two holding penalties, it was apparent that they wanted to score first. Arendez Fedd battled blown assignments for Dutchtown to move the ball down the field with his feet keeping plays alive and players getting into open space for big plays.
The big play abilities for the Bulldogs was something that Ola head coach Jared Zito wanted avoid happen on Friday night. However, the Jamal Bing eight-yard rush up the middle was everything Dutchtown needed to fire the opening salvo in the first quarter.
Ola had to wait for their scoring drive to come in the second quarter. Considering the Bulldogs missed a field goal attempt that would have given them a two possession lead, Ola was in position to finally mount a tying drive. Of course, it wasn’t easy for the team who were in striking position from 24-yards out.
A delay of game penalty ended the momentum before Will Anderson blew up the second play of the drive. Things continued to spiral as the Bulldogs swallowed Kautz up in the backfield for a sack while the Mustangs’ chance at a touchdown slipped away.
After missing points early in the quarter, the Mustangs finally found paydirt. With a bit of adversity, the Mustangs found some luck on a tipped ball that turned into a 55-yard reception for Kaz Stephens. Ola followed up the huge play with another, this time to Karl Kennedy who guided the Mustangs into the red zone.
Kautz picked up the final three-yards to score but that would end the scoring drives as neither team would score again for nearly 30 minutes.
With no clear winner entering the fourth quarter, it was obvious the next team to score would be the winner as both defenses limited big plays.
But Ola’s defense made some costly mistakes when the chips were on the table. Back-to-back offsides calls gave the Bulldogs momentum and they marched into the redzone for a eight yard Fedd keeper.
A timely interception by Dutchtown’s Dillon Stokes ended the Mustangs’ win streak.
Dutchtown improved to 4-0, 1-0 on the season while Ola dropped to 3-1, 0-1.
DHS 7 0 0 6 13
OLH 0 7 0 0 7
DHS: Bing 8 rush (2:48, 7-0, Underwood PAT)
OLH: Kautz 3 rush (1:16, 7-7, Folser PAT)
DHS: Fedd 8 rush (3:07, 13-7, PAT Fail)