The Jay Bulldogs hosted the Miami Wardogs in dogfight controlled by Jay throughout the night and it began as soon as the Bulldogs received the ball.
Though Miami got first possession, the Bulldogs forced the Wardogs to punt after just three plays.
Jay’s first play was a pass to L-Ray Kirk #1 who took it all the way to the house for the Bulldog’s first TD of the evening, plus the extra point.
Moments before the clock ran out, a field goal was added to the Bulldog total, ending the first quarter Jay 10, Miami 0.
Just before the first half ended, the Wardogs intercepted a pass on Jay’s 20 yard line, then carrying it into the end zone for a TD, plus 1.
Again, as the Bulldogs got the ball back, they quickly moved down the field to score another touchdown, but couldn’t add the extra point, ending the half with Jay 23, Miami 7.
The first game of the season is rife with penalty flags as teams gel and both teams earned their share.
But the third quarter must have tried Coach Warren Kirk’s patience as a series of five Jay penalties backed up the Bulldogs 40 yards, resulting in a Jay timeout.
The timeout and encouragement from the coach stopped the backward Jay slide.
In fact, after the Bulldogs punted the ball away, the Bulldogs defense caused the Wardogs to bobble the ball on their first play, allowing Jay to recover.
Both teams stalled during the third quarter with the quarter ending with Jay 23, Miami 7, no change from the half.
During the fourth quarter, Jay fans gasped as a snap to the kicker went over his head.
Yet, he was able to retrieve the ball and get the kick off before any Wardog could touch him.
The Bulldogs were able to add another TD and extra point before time ran out, closing the non-conference game out with Jay 30, Miami 7.
Coach Kirk agreed “…it was a great start to the season with a big win at home vs Miami. We had a lot of good things and we have some things to clean up, which is normal after the first game…I was proud of our kids’ effort all night.”
Friday, September 13 will have Jay hosting northern Delaware County rival, the Grove Ridgerunners, in another non-conference game.
The Ridgerunners won their first game, against Vinita, so both teams will come on the field in Jay as winners from their previous games.
“It’s Grove week now and that’s where we’re playing for the Delco trophy," said Kirk. "Grove is a good football team, but so are we. We’re going to have to come out ready to play a physical football game and clean up some mistakes and penalties we had Friday vs Miami. We’re excited and looking forward to the game.”