By Joey Snowden
Special to the Daily Sun
Behind 113 total yards of offense and two touchdown passes from Witty Busby, the Wortham Bulldogs got by a stingy Class 3A Hillsboro JV team to move to 1-0 on the season.
Wortham was originally scheduled to open with Texas Wind, which canceled earlier this week.
The Bulldogs scored first with 5:58 left in the first quarter when Busby tossed an 8-yard strike to Kenneth Freeman on a fade route in the end zone. After a Daniel Trantham run for two, the Bulldogs were up 8-0. The Wortham defense would shut down the Hillsboro offense for the rest of the half. The offenses put the ball on the turf a combined five times in the first half.
After the half, the Eagles came out and put the clamps on the Bulldogs. The Eagles marched down the field on a 10-play drive capped off by a 29-yard touchdown reception by Harrison Bailey from quarterback Fisher Woodard. The point after kick was blocked by Freeman, leaving the Bulldogs up by a score of 8-6.
With 5:33 left in the game, Wortham got what ultimately decided the contest with a blocked 33-yard field goal by Steven Hutson. After a return for 15-yards to the Bulldogs own 40, Busby led the Bulldog offense on the game winning drive and tossed a 15-yard touchdown to Rudy Miller with just 2:54 left in the game. A Zach Jones two-point conversion pass to Jordan Lansford lifted Wortham to a 16-6 lead that they would not give up.
Wortham 16, Hillsboro JV 6
Hillsboro JV 0 0 6 0 — 6
Wortham 8 0 0 8 — 16
W — Kenneth Freeman 8 pass from Witty Busby (Daniel Trantham run), 5:59
H — Harrison Bailey 29 pass from Fisher Woodard (kick failed), n/a
W — Rudy Miller 15 pass from Busby (Jordan Lansford pass from Zach Jones), 2:54
First downs 9 11
Rush-yards 34-69 28-117
Passing yards 99 85
C-A-I 5-7-1 7-13-1
Fumbles-lost 4-2 3-2
Punts-avg. 2-22.2 2-33.5
Penalty-yards 4-50 1-15
Rushing — H: Jose Rodriquez 11-33, Fisher Woodard 11-19, Jarvin Valencia 3-16, DeBraylon Williams 3-1, Alfonso Estrada 2-(-2), Camry Garner 4-2. W: Witty Busby 8-29, Dalton Dunnahoe 17-48, Kenneth Freeman 3-40.
Passing — H: Estrada 1-1-0-30, Woodard 4-6-1-89. W: Witty Busby 5-7-1-74.
Receiving — H: Rodriguez 2-21, Williams 1-30, Camry Garner 1-19, Harrison Baily 1-29. W: Freeman 4-46, Rudy Miller 1-15, Jonathan Hughes 1-29, Dalton Donnahoe 1-(-5).