Varsity Football · Dogs Fight Back, Set to Take on the Hawks in Round 1

Garrison Bulldog Defensive Front
The Bulldog defense lines up to stop the Oilers.

After getting off to a slow start, the Garrison Bulldogs have fought through a coaching change, inexperience, a pandemic, and one of the toughest 2A districts in the State of Texas to qualify for the playoffs. In their last game in Bulldog Stadium, seniors Shawn Holmes, Kevin Page, Garner Hancock, and Andy Marquez led the Bulldogs to a 50-0 victory over West Hardin in the regular season finale. The shutout was courtesy of a stiff defensive unit who held the Oilers to just eight yards rushing and 27 total yards. Holmes had a team high 20 tackles. Page made plays both up front and in the secondary with 10 tackles, a forced fumble, fumble recovery, and an interception return for a touchdown. Hancock followed with nine tackles. Two additional turnovers were added by an Edwards’ fumble recovery and McCrumby interception. The explosive offensive attack was led by Cermodrick Bland’s seven carries for 132 yards and three touchdowns. Chad Henderson added another 67 yards on three carries for two touchdowns. Omarion Rasberry contributed a touchdown as well. The Bulldogs rushed for a total of 220 yards and QB Brayden Davidson was two of three passing for 52 yards. Gatlan Holmes and Bland each hauled in passes for big chunks at key moments in the game. Although the football team has had to overcome some challenges throughout the season, Coach Alvarez’s message remains the same, “It’s not how you start. It’s how you finish.” The Garrison Bulldogs finished the regular season strong and now they are looking to carry that momentum into the playoffs. The first round opponent will be the Hawkins Hawks on Friday, November 13th at Lion Stadium in Henderson. Let’s go, Bulldogs!