Bulldogs rout Class 1A No. 9 North Decatur


GREENSBURG — In their previous game, Lapel let a ranked Class 1A team get the best of them.

On Friday, they made sure that didn’t happen for a second week in a row.

The Bulldogs (2-3) traveled to Greensburg to take on Class 1A No. 9 North Decatur (3-2) and defeated them in a rout 42-7.

Long touchdowns by the Lapel passing attack fueled the big win.

Quarterback Devin Craig completed 16 of his 26 pass attempts for 305 yards and four touchdowns, with scores coming on passes from 21, 46, 47, and 86 yards out.

The first Bulldogs score of the day, though, came on the ground.

After a quick defensive stop, on Lapel’s opening possession, the Bulldogs drove downfield before running back Jack Miller punched in a 1-yard touchdown for the early lead.

The Chargers answered on their next possession with a Kaden Muckerheide 6-yard touchdown run, but from there, the Bulldogs defense tightened up and kept North Decatur scoreless the final three quarters.

The Lapel go-ahead score came on a 12-yard Rylie Hudson run late in the first quarter.

The final 28 Lapel scores came through the air.

In the second quarter, Craig connected with Hudson for an 86-yard touchdown, and Nick Witte on a 47-yard score to give the Bulldogs a 28-7 halftime lead.

Late in the third quarter, Craig found Witte again for a 46-yard touchdown, and then in the final quarter hit Brice Burress for 1 21-yard touchdown.

Hudson finished with 170 yards, two receiving touchdowns and one rushing. Witte exceeded triple-digit yardage as well, catching seven passes for 105 yards and a touchdown.

Miller led the Bulldogs on the ground with 65 yards and a score.

Defensively, freshman Isaiah Young led the team with 10 tackles. Brayden Pruitt and Matt Carpenter added seven and six tackles, respectively, and each had three tackles for loss and two sacks.

Defensive backs Andrew Evelo and Hudson each intercepted passes, and Jayden Lindsey recovered a fumble.

Lapel travels to take on Heritage tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 22, with a 7 p.m. start.

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