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Douglas Byrd nips Jack Britt, 17-14

Posted September 7, 2013

Douglas Byrd quarterback Elijah Bulger knew all about Jack Britt's football reputation.

And he wasn't impressed by it one bit.

Bulger and his Eagle teammates proved his point, carving out a 17-14 win at Britt's Boneyard on Friday night.

Bulger rushed for two touchdowns and passed for 207 yards to lead a Byrd offense that bolted to the halftime lead and then sat back and watched the defense and costly Britt mistakes help hand the Eagles the win.

"I remember going to some scrimmages and we had to scrimmage Jack Britt,'' Bulger said. "Who cares what your name is or what you're ranked? You've still got to play the game. That's exactly what we did tonight.''

Bulger rushed for 41 yards in addition to his 207 passing.

"My thought was win the game,'' Bulger said. "If winning the game was throwing the ball, then that was what we needed to do.''

"I think we both shot a lot of bullets in the first half and people made adjustments and took things away,'' said Byrd coach Russell Stone. He gave Bulger a lot of credit for the win.

"We put five wides on the field and told him to pick one,'' Stone said. "He's having to do a lot of mental things for us, making decisions at the line. I'm really happy he took this next step forward.

"I'm really happy for my team. Last week I thought nerves cost us big time in the first half. That was their challenge tonight, just to come out and play, see what happens and don't worry about anything.''

Omar Torres provided the Eagles with what turned out to be their margin of victory in the first quarter, connecting on a 30-yard field goal with 5:51 left.

The teams took turns scoring touchdowns the rest of the first half.

Bulger got both the Eagle touchdowns on runs of 16 and 11 yards.

The second touchdown for the Eagles came after they capitalized on an onside kick, recovering the ball at their 47 and driving for the touchdown in just three plays. The key was a 28-yard pass from Bulger to kicker Torres.

Britt led briefly at 7-3 in the first quarter after Quinton Murphy scored on a 4-yard run and Atilla Kurt added the extra point.

After Byrd's two scores, Britt got a final touchdown with 10.2 seconds left in the half. Harrison Strother hit Tre Hales for 52 yards and then threw a 3-yard pass to Eric Weber. Kurt's kick made it 17-14 at halftime, and the score wouldn't change.

Both teams sputtered offensively in the second half, failing to mount serious scoring drives until Britt finally put one together with 7:47 left in the game. The Buccaneers moved from their 37 to a first down at Byrd's 14. But Eric Carter fumbled and Byrd recovered at the 7.

Britt got the ball one last time at its 10 with 1:54 left, but the drive stalled at the Byrd 38 when Britt failed to convert on fourth down and Byrd ran out the clock.

"The second half we didn't complete the passes we needed to and didn't get the yards we needed to in the running game,'' Britt coach Brian Rimpf said. "Turnovers killed us all game. We lose by three points, even with all those mistakes.

"Give them credit, they stopped us in the second half and we couldn't get anything going offensively.''

Strother completed 11 of 25 passes for Britt for 146 yards. He threw one interception. Carter finished with 99 yards rushing on 21 carries.

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