MILLSAP - The Millsap High School Bulldogs dropped a district matchup with a gifted Holliday team on Friday, 45-7.
The Bulldogs fall under .500 at 4-5 for the first time in a month, but more importantly the defeat puts them at 1-3 in district play and their postseason chances is jeopardy.
At 8-1 overall and 4-0 in district, the Eagles are tied with undefeated Jacksboro atop the D5 standings. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are tied with 5-4 and 1-3 Henrietta for fourth place with both behind Nocona (7-2, 2-2).
“Not sure about playoff picture yet (but) will know more tommorow,” said Millsap head coach Jake Johnson. “We are just going to focus on Nocona.”
On Friday, the Bulldogs played a balanced game offensively against a staunch Holliday defense.
With 156 yards of total offense, the Dawgs put up 83 rushing and 73 passing.
Their first and only score came in the opening frame on a short run by senior quarterback Brock Barron. Barron had a touchdown, 13 yards rushing and ended the night 9 for 20 passing for 73 yards.
Spreading the ball around, Barron connected with three different receivers against the Eagles.
Senior Lane Rich made three catches for 13 yards. Junior Franklin Lopez hauled in a paif of grabs for three yards, and Junior Rickey Bottorff brought down four passes to lead the Bulldogs in receiving with 57 yards.
Bottorff and Lopez locked down time in the run game as well. Bottorff had 25 yards on the ground, and Lopez led the team with 37. Elsewhere, junior running back Colton Cotton had eight yards on the ground.
The lone defensive highlight in the loss for Millsap came on a Holliday turnover when junior defensive tackle Daniel Aguilar recovered a fumble.
“We played hard,” Coach Johnson said. “We have some execution errors to clean up and I am confident we will.”
Headed into the last week of the season, the Millsap Bulldogs face a must-win district matchup with the Nocona Indians. The two teams will meet in Nocona on Friday, Nov. 10 at 7pm.