The Socorro Bulldogs hosted the Franklin Cougars on a chilly Friday night in the Lower Valley.
Tension, adrenaline and energy coursed through the air, as the fans filed into the stands. With so much anticipation, there was no doubt that this would be tough contest for the Bulldogs, who were still looking for their first win of the season.
Socorro fumbled on their first drive, but stopped the Cougars on 4th and goal, after Franklin opted to go for it early in the first quarter.
The Bulldog defense played tough and was able to hold Franklin on their first offensive snaps, but Franklin made some quick adjustments to make it 14-0 at the end of the first quarter, with an impressive ground game.
Early in the second quarter, the Bulldogs found themselves inside the Cougar 5-yard line, after a spectacular 40-yard run by QB Damian Williams. Running back Nicholas Reyes pierced the middle of the Franklin D-line and scored on the following play, but the point-after attempt was blocked.
By halftime, Franklin led the home-standing Bulldogs 34 to 6
Late in the fourth quarter, Socorro scored again, as senior Anthony Martinez was able to break the goal line for the Bulldogs.
Although the Bulldogs were able to recover two pooch kicks on special teams, the small sparks were not enough to lift them past the unrelenting Franklin team, as the Cougars won 48-20.
“Tonight’s game is certainly a blessing,” senior wide receiver Edward Granados said. “Although I myself, along with some teammates, were injured, we still put our all into the game, and at the end of the night that’s all that matters.”
Story and Photo by: Briseida Rivera (SHS Journalism Staff)