By Richard Greene
The Chico Dragons had no answers offensively or defensively against the Howe Bulldogs Saturday night in a 49-0 loss at Bronco Field in Denton.
Howe rolled up 473 yards of offense, including 304 on the ground.
The Bulldogs’ defense limited Chico to just 68 yards. They preserved the shut out by holding the Dragons, who go to the 2-yard line, out of the end zone on their final drive in the fourth quarter.
Howe built a 35-0 halftime lead.
After having to punt on its first drive, Howe scored on its next five possessions. Howe rolled up 315 yards in the first half.
Alex Torres opened the scoring with a 28-yard reception from Chase Fountaine with 5:11 left in the first quarter. The two connected again for 55 yards to make it 21-0 with 1:06 in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs also ran the ball in three times in the first half with Tim Butler scoring once, and Towner Bailey reaching the end zone twice. Bailey rushed for 121 yards — all in the first half.
The Howe defense was equally as impressive in the first half holding Chico without a first down and to minus-3 yards of offense, including a negative-12 on the ground.
Chico finished with six yards rushing because of sacks. Victor Velasquez ran for 23 yards on 17 carries.
Chico’s lone scoring opportunity in the first half came after a Howe muffed punt. It was quickly erased as Hunter York was picked off at the 5-yard line by Butler.