By Jon Watje
The Minco Bulldogs continue their stellar season after defeating Rush Springs, 42-6, in the first round of the playoffs.
The Bulldogs had no problems scoring against a Rush Springs team that had no answers defensively…or offensively. Minco’s big playmaker, Tucker Halstead, was suited up for the game after not playing in the previous game due to an injury. Halstead looked like himself in the game, scoring three touchdowns on 180 yards rushing.
“He looked very refreshed and was hitting the holes very hard,” said Coach Brock Wardlaw.
Minco’s defense took over the game, not letting Rush Springs near the redzone for most of the game. Minco forced two turnovers as Trent Littlejohn intercepted a pass and Caedin Addington recovered a fumble.
“We did a solid job defensively,” Wardlaw said.
By the third quarter, Minco held a commanding 36-0 lead. Wardlaw would send in his second team into the game for the final 12 minutes with the game in hand. Rush Springs would muster a touchdown late in the game, but Minco would win the game, 42-6.
The Bulldogs played Rush Springs earlier in the regular season, which was a much more competitive game with Minco winning that game, 32-16.
“We executed much better in this game and we came out fast and did a very good job,” Wardlaw said. “It was a team effort.”
The Bulldogs now look forward to this Friday when they host Cordell in the second round of the playoffs. Cordell enters the game with an 8-3 record, but they are better than their record indicates, Wardlaw said.
“Two of their losses are non-district games and they lost all three of their games by a total of eight points,” he said. “They play in a very tough district with teams like Hollis. They are very big and very physical and will run the ball at us hard.”
Minco will have home field advantage for their second straight home game.
“Being able to play at home again in the playoffs is big time for us,” Wardlaw said. “We got out of the last game healthy and that is very important.”
Minco and Cordell kickoff at 7 p.m. on Friday.