BULLARD — The Bullard Panthers made the big plays when they needed them, handing Chapel Hill their second district loss in an exciting double-overtime 42-41 win over Chapel Hill in a District 16-3A showstopper Friday at Panther Stadium.
After the Bulldogs and Panthers swapped out touchdowns and PAT kicks in the first overtime, the Bulldogs elected to go for the win on a two-point conversion throw after a touchdown run by Londreyus McCown.
Panther defensive back Holden Bryant made the play of the game, intercepting the Bulldogs pass attempt for the win.
Chapel Hill (2-6, 1-2 in 16-3A) led 21-10 at halftime and the Bulldogs appeared to be in driver’s seat after a six-yard scoring run by McCown, and a Jesus Lopez PAT kick made it 28-17 with just seven minutes remaining.
Bullard (6-1, 2-1) responded with a comeback for the ages, which began with a 27-yard field goal from Weston Gray.
The Panthers still trailed by eight points with time running out. In the final minute of play when Brentavian Henderson scored on a six-yard run to make it 28-26 with 44 seconds on the clock.
But Bullard still needed a two-point conversion to tie.
Houston Alexander accomplished that, scoring on a conversion run to tie things up and send the game into overtime.
The first overtime score came from Thompson on a one-yard run, and the Lopez PAT kick good gave Chapel Hill the lead again.
The Panthers answered back as Sal Guiliano made his fifth catch of the game, this one a 29-yard score and Gray’s PAT kick sent the game into the second OT.
Bullard quarterback Colton Mebane ran 20 yards on the first play of the second session to set up a one-yard scoring run by Henderson’s one-yard scoring run.
Gray’s extra point made it 42-35 with Chapel Hill’s turn to answer.
The Bulldogs came right back and got a four-yard run from McCown. On the two-point try for the win, Trevor Rumbelow and Billy Tomlin pressured Andrew Black on his pass attempt which was snagged by Bryant to keep Bullard alive in the tough district race.
Chapel Hill’s Wesley Thompson put the Bulldogs on the board first at the startof the game with a 38-yard catch and run off a pass from Black. Black followed his scoring pass with a two-point conversion run and 8-0 lead.
Bullard answered quickly with Mebane catching a 27-yard pass after a 29-yard run from Houston Alexander. Haden Bryant capped off the five-play drive with a 27-yard grab in the end zone. Weston Gray booted the extra point to make it 8-7 entering the second quarter.
The Panthers gained their only lead of regulation just as the second quarter began when Gray was true on a 30-yard field goal and a 10-8, Bullard advantage.
Chapel Hill then put together a nine-play scoring drive that took 4:03 off the clock before Joseph Clark rumbled in from one-yard away to regain the Chapel Hill lead at the 5:57 mark on the clock. The PAT kick was blocked by Haden Bryant to hold the score to a 14-10.
The Panthers will hit the road to play at Henderson this next Friday, at Lions Stadium, at 7:30 p.m. while Chapel Hill returns home to entertain Kilgore.
District 16-3A Football
At Panther Stadium, Bullard
Bullard 42, Chapel 41 (2 OT)
Chapel Hill 8 13 0 7 7 6 — 41
Bullard 7 3 7 11 7 7 — 42
CH—Wesley Thompson 38 pass from Andrew Black, (Black run), 4:54
BUL—Haden Bryant 27 pass from Colton Mebane, (Weston Gray kick), 3:32
BUL— FG Weston Gray 30, 10:01
CH—Joseph Clark 1 run, (kick blocked), 5:57
CH—Andrew Black 10 run, (Jesus Lopez kick), :25
BUL—Houston Alexander 16 run, (Gray kick), 2:31
CH—Jamarcus McCown 6 run, (Lopez kick), 7:57
BUL—FG Gray 27, 5:56
BUL—Brentavian Henderson 6 run, (Alexander run), :44
CH—Wesley Thompson 1 run, (Lopez kick)
BUL — Sal Guiliano 29 pass from Mebane, (Gray kick)
B: Brentavian Henderson 1 run, (Gray kick)
CH: McCown 4 run, (pass intercepted by Holden Bryant).
First Downs 20 22
Rushes-Yds. 52-237 39-227
Passing Yds 96 214
Total Yds. 333 441
Comp-Att-Int 6-10-1- 14-22-1-
Punts/Avg. 4-43.5 2-33.3
Penalties/Yds 9-75 7-55
Fumbles/Lost 1-1 0-0
RUSHING — Chapel Hill, Joseph Clark 12-84; Andrew Black 5-6; Jamarcus McCowin 13-38; Wesley Thompson13-75; Londreyus Johnson 8-33. Bullard, Colton Mebane l8-73; Houston Alexander 10-77; Brentavian Henderson 10-70; Haden Bryant 7.
PASSING —Chapel Hill, Andrew Black 6-10-96-0-1. Bullard, Colton Mebane 14-22-214-1-2.
RECEIVING —Chapel Hill, Wesley Thompson 3-76; Corey Starks 1-6; Reginald King 1-4; Gabriel Robinson 1-(minus -1). Bullard, Haden Bryant 1-27; Conner Mebane 3-44; Zach Holladay 4-48; Sal Guiliano 6-95.