In its second home football game of the season Mexico Bulldogs hosted the Hannibal Pirates in a conference game on Friday. The Pirates, a state ranked team in Class 4A, dominated play with an outcome of 41-14.
The Bulldogs were scoreless in the first half of the game, scoring their first touchdown at 5:15 in the third quarter when quarterback Matt Ridgway threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Skylar Harrington. Mexico was unable to make the extra point. MHS scored again late in the fourth quarter when Ridgway kept the ball for an 8-yard run. The Bulldogs chose to go for the two-point conversion and Ridgway threw a successful pass to Tyler Bracht.
MHS Coach Ty Harrison sees improvement each game as his Bulldogs gain varsity experience. "We did some things well defensively as we were able to take away some of their option game." The Bulldogs played hard for four quarters, but gave up too many big plays defensively. Offensively they began moving the ball for first downs.
"We were able to move the ball and get some first downs against a very good defense," added the MHS coach.
Ridgway ended the evening with 126 passing yards, with one rushing and one passing touchdown and a successful two-point conversion. Bracht caught six passes for a total of 57 yards. Skylar Harrington had an acrobatic catch in the endzone which was nominated for KMIZ Play of the Week.
On the injured list for the Bulldogs is Christian Worthey who is out for the season with a knee injury.
The Bulldogs, 0-4 overall and 0-2 in conference play, will travel to Boonville on Friday with a conference game against the Boonville Pirates.