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Defense, Special Teams Spark the Houston Heights Bulldogs in 41-20 Victory over Westside


With the score tied at 20 in the 4th quarter, the Heights Bulldogs’ defense and special teams took control of the game. First up the Heights defense record a safety on a bad punt snap, then on the ensuing free kick, Dale Dickerson raced 52-yards on the kickoff return for a TD. Following a 11-yard TD run from Torrin Polk, Phillip Williams intercepted an Akeem Benjamin pass and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown. The furious rally made the final score Heights 41, Westside 20.

The Bulldogs opened the scoring following a short Westside punt, capping a 2-play, 43-yard drive with 46-yard pass Derrick King to Dale Dickerson for a touchdown and an early Heights 7-0 lead with 8:24 remaining in the first.

The Westside Wolves would drive to the Heights 21-yard line before Phillip Williams intercepted an Akeem Benjamin pass in the end zone to end the scoring threat.

Following a turnover on downs, Westside drove down to the Heights 25-yard line, before Williams once again intercepted Benjamin in the endzone.

The Wolves would get on the board on a 40-yard field goal from Sebastian Orrego with 7:01 left in the second quarter and would take the lead into halftime on 7-yard run form Benjamin as time expired in the first half. The cores at the half: Heights 7, Westside 10.

To start the second half Heights would take advantage of good field position when Westside attempt a pooch kick and was called for interfering with the right to a fair catch, resulting in the Heights starting from the Westside 41-yard line. The Bulldogs would drive 41-yards in 6 plays capped by a 4-yard touchdown run from E’Munn Parker to retake the lead 14-10.

Westside would take advantage of their own special teams play on the next drive. After returning the ensuing kickoff to the Heights 29-yard line, the Wolves would have 5-yard false start penalty before Tim White raced in for a 34-yard touchdown run to give the lead back to the Wolves 17-14 with 8:52 remaining in the 3rd.

The Heights would score quickly on a 5-play, 75-yard drive capped by a 45-yard touchdown run from Torrin Polk to retake the lead 20-17 with 7:06 remaining in the 3rd quarter.

The Wolves would drive 52 yards in 9 plays to setup a game tying 30-yard field goal from Sebastian Orrego with 1:54 remaining in the third.

After that the Bulldogs defense and special teams took control of the game.

The Heights Bulldogs end the night with 305 yards total offense to the Westside Wolves 303 yards total offense. Heights had 13 first downs on the night to Westside’s 14 first downs.

The statistical leaders for the Bulldogs were Torrin Polk (8 carries for 84 yards and 2 TDs), Derrick King (5-9 passing for 148 yards and 1 TD), and Dale Dickerson (4 receptions for 128 yards and 1 TD receiving).

The statistical leaders for the wolves were Akeem Benjamin (18 carries for 160 yards and 1 TD rushing, 4-9 passing for 38 yards and 3 interceptions), and Kerry Smith (2 receptions for 20 yards).

The Heights Bulldogs move to 2-6 overall and 2-2 in district play. The Bulldogs are on a bye week next week before finishing the season against Bellaire and Westbury.

The Westside Wolves fall to 2-5 overall and 0-3 in district play. The Wolves play Bellaire (4-4,3-1) next Friday night.



Soring Summary

Heights – Derrick King to Dale Dickerson, 46-yard pass – Heights 7, Westside 0 – 8:24 1st

Westside – Sebastian Orrego, 40-yard field goal – Heights 7, Westside 3 – 7:01 2nd

Westside – Akeem Benjamin, 7-yard run – Heights 7, Westside 10 – 0:00 2nd

Heights – E’Munn Parker, 3-yard run – Heights 14, Westside 10 – 9:17 3rd

Westside – Tim White, 34-yard run – Heights 14, Westside 17 – 8:52 3rd

Heights – Torrin Polk, 45-yard run, PAT failed – Heights 20, Westside 17 – 7:06 3rd

Westside – Sebastian Orrego, 30-yard field goal – Heights 20, Westside 20 – 1:54 3rd

Heights – Safety – Heights 22, Westside 20 – 10:18 4th

Heights – Dale Dickerson, 52-yard kickoff return – Heights 29, Westside 20 – 9:54 4th

Heights – Torrin Polk, 11-yard run, PAT failed – Heights 35, Westside 20 – 4:00 4th

Heights – Phillip Williams, 43-yard interception return, PAT failed, Heights 41, Westside 20 – 3:34 4th

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