Mud Dawgs forfeit, Longhorns stampede through the Mariners instead.
Apr. 1, 2012
The Dixie County Mud Dawgs were unable to host the Williston Longhorns. In this turn of events the UFF gave the opportunity to the Longhorns to host and inter-league match up with the Palm Beach Mariners(SAFA).
The game was sloppy from the start, weather-wise, the Longhorns showed no signs of the weather setting the tone for the game. Opening drive of the game saw the Longhorns smash the ball down the field running inside and outside of the tackles. The drive was capped off with the Longhorns Quarterback, and captain Tony "TJ" Johnson trotting in for the easy 6. The conversion would be no good.
The Longhorns shut down the Mariners offense for most of the game, showing the ability to get more than one defender on the tackle. Multiple players on the defense had impressive pass deflections as well.
QB Tony Johnson found the endzone again towards the end of the first half of the game, trotting into the endzone on a misdirection play. This time TJ found TE Mark Marrazo for the 2pt conversion.
In the second half of the game the Longhorns gave up one touchdown to the Mariners off of a kick return, which saw the whole side of the kick-off coverage fail to hold on to the runner.
Running back Redd Ellison responded by returning a kickoff of his own for 6 points. The Longhorns followed up with the 2pt conversion making the score 22-6.
On the final drive offensively for the Longhorns saw the only hiccup in execution of the plays being called. Unfortunately the drive ended in a safety.
Defensively the Longhorns locked down the Mariners, not giving up any points and showing their skills stopping the run and any passes directed at them.
Final score 22-8, Longhorns.
The Mariners played a good game and both teams showed a level of class and respect towards eachother.
The Longhorns next game is this Saturday April 7th at home (WYAA field). The Longhorns seem to have gotten some momentum going, can they hold onto it? Saturday's game holds major playoff implications. The Longhorns hold their playoff future in their own hands, time will tell if the UFF, and the lack of respect from the other teams for the Longhorns, has finally awoken the sleeping giants in Williston.