Alvord made a statement Friday night.
In one of their biggest wins in recent program history the Bulldogs (2-1) held on for a heart-pounding 28-21 win over Class 3A Krum (1-2) at Bulldog Stadium.
“It’s a huge win for us and it’s a huge win for me personally,” Alvord coach Curtis Enis said. “We are a young football team but I think this may spark us to get us where we expect to win games like this.”
Joe Randall carried the heavy load for the Bulldogs with 150 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He also scored on a 70-yard punt return and a 20-yard interception return.
“Joe was Joe,” Enis said. “When he was out Damon [Ledet] came in and did a good job. It was a team effort and they made big plays.”
Krum made it interesting down the stretch. They scored midway through the third quarter to cut the lead to 21-14, but Alvord immediately responded.
Randall put the Bulldogs up for good with a 57-yard run one minute later, restoring the two-touchdowns lead.
Alvord’s held tough for the next 12 minutes, including a J.D. Griggs fumble recovery to thwart a Krum drive midway through the fourth.
After a Bobcat stop, Brendan Ellis broke off a run to put the Bobcats back within seven at 28-21.
With just over five minutes left the Bulldog offense put together a 10-play drive that took them all the way down to the Krum 10-yard line.
Facing fourth and goal, Jonathan Musgrave’s field goal attempt was blocked giving the Bobcats just over a minute left to make something happen.
A pass interference penalty against the Bulldogs moved the ball to midfield, but Alvord’s defense held tough the final two plays to clinch the win.
“What hurt us last week, we cleaned that up,” Enis said. “We didn’t have offensive line blocking issues, we didn’t have dropped passes and we didn’t have missed tackles.
“Overall we cleaned up our game.”
Randall set the tone early on a punt return to give Alvord an early 6-0 advantage. Krum took their only lead of the night, 7-6, on the ensuing drive when Brennan Ellis hit pay dirt on a 29-yard pass from Colton Graham.
That slim one point margin was the only lead Krum enjoyed all night. With 19 seconds left in the opening quarter, Randall put the Bulldogs up for good with a 19-yard touchdown run.
When junior quarterback Cassidy Patterson wasn’t handing it off to his star running back, Enis was pleased with how he managed the game. Patterson threw for 105 yards on eight completions.
“We put on some new stuff that I think really fits our personnel,” Enis said. “Cassidy did a great job. He made some big throws.”
Alvord would add one more score in the first half with Randall’s interception return.
The Bulldogs host Bowie next week for homecoming.
ALVORD 28, KRUM 21
Alvord … 14 … 7 … 7 … … 0 … – … 28
Ponder … 7 … 0 … 7 … … 7 … – … 21
Alvord – Joe Randall 70 punt return; kick failed
Krum – Colton Graham 29 pass to Brennan Ellis; Miguel Licea kick
Alvord – Randall 19 run; Patterson pass to Damon Ledet
Alvord – Randall 20 interception return; Jonathan Musgrave kick
Krum – Graham 10 run; Licea kick
Alvord – Randall 57 run; Musgrave kick
Krum – Ellis 68 run; Licea kick
ALVORD … KRUM
First Downs … 16 … 19
Rushes Yards … 37-255 … 33-188
Passing Yards … 133 … 105
Total Yards … 388 … 293
Punts … 2-32 … 1-30
Fumbles lost … 0-0 … 2-1
Penalties … 2-30 … 6-40
Rushing – Alvord, Joe Randall 25-150; Krum, Brennan Ellis 18-172
Receiving – Alvord, Brett Martin 1-45. Krum, Ellis 4-57
Passing – Cassidy Patterson 8-16-105-2. Krum, Colton Graham 10-22-133-2