ABERDEEN – The Daily Journal’s No. 2-ranked Aberdeen Bulldogs got off to a slow start Thursday, but a fast finish – 30-6 win against Nettleton – wrapped up the Division 2-3A title and a top seed in the state playoffs.
Senior running back Jamerson Love scored on a 20-yard pass from Aaron Andrews to give the Bulldogs an 8-0 halftime lead. He added touchdown runs of 58 and 50 yards in the second half against the No. 4 Tigers.
It was fifth time this season, Aberdeen (9-2, 5-0) has held an opponent to single digits.
“I can’t say enough about the defense. We gave up one play the whole ballgame,” Aberdeen coach Chris Duncan said. “The defense was dominant all night against a good offensive team.”
Nettleton (8-3, 3-2), which gets the division’s third seed, avoided the shutout when quarterback Anthony Franklin scored on a 55-yard in the fourth quarter.
On its next possession, Nettleton turned the ball over on downs at their own 42 yard line and Victor Hodges scored on a 42 yard run for a 30-6 lead.
Erik Buchanan, Hodges and Decedrick Quinn had two-point conversions for the Bulldogs, winners of eight straight games.
“You play poorly, you get beat. That’s all it comes down to. We did not play well,” said Nettleton coach Jack Clark. “We gave up too many big plays and didn’t play very well on offense at all, didn’t execute at all.”
Love finished with 96 yards on 12 carries. Andrews was 9 of 16 passing for 176 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
“We beat a good ball team,” Duncan said. “(Jamerson’s) been a big-play guy for three years. We’ve got several guys like that. I can’t say enough about him and he played well tonight on defense too.”
BRANDON SPECK/Monroe Journal