The McDade High School Bulldogs were heavily favored to defeat the Buckholts Badgers on the gridiron in varsity football action last Friday night in Buckholts. But the Badgers paid no heed.
The Bulldogs scored first, in the first quarter with 8:54 on the game clock. McDade failed the PAT, but led 6-0. McDade would hold the lead for the rest of quarter 1.
In the first few seconds of the 2nd quarter, the Badgers rumbled up the field, with Zach Hafley scoring Buckholts first TD of the game, but with a failed PAT kick, the game was tied 6 to 6. Later in quarter 2, McDade scored a safety to move ahead, 6 to 8.
Both teams failed to score in the third quarter, with the fourth quarter opening with McDade leading by two points.
But, Buckholts was not finished for the night. With 6:53 remaining in the 4th quarter, Buckholts's Zach Hafley lunged into the endzone for another Badger TD, With another failed PAT, the Badgers were in the lead, 12 - 8.
Then, late in the 4th quarter, Badger Nate Plumley, on a catch-and-run, scores the third TD of the game for Buckholts and with a successful PAT, the Badgers were on top of the Bulldogs, 20 - 8. The Bulldogs were not done though. With six seconds shy of two minutes on the clock, McDade managed another TD plus failed PAT, and trailed Buckholts 20 - 14. Managing the remaining clock, the Badgers chalked up a win for their first district game this season.