Culver defense stuffs bigger 3A Glide
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bigger they are, the harder it seems to gain yards against the Culver defense.
Glide entered the game with a line boasting a pair of 300 pounders plus a 285-pound all-league tackle. The 3A Wildcats managed just 14 rushing yards against the tough Bulldog defense as Culver won 22-7.
"We had a great scheme and our kids played really hard," Bulldog coach Kurt Davis said. "It was a real team effort. Our defense hustled to the ball the entire game."
Culver (now 5-0) limited Glide to just 131 total yards in the game. Culver came in ranked No. 2 in the latest 2A coaches' poll after being No. 1 the previous two weeks.
The Bulldogs built up a 16-0 lead before halftime with a balanced offense. Nevin Lewis opened the scoring with a 3-yard run in the first quarter.
Levi Roberts scored on a 36-yard screen pass from Mike Williams. It was a play Culver attempted in earlier games against Grant Union and Lakeview.
"We called it at the right time and we had good blocking," said Davis who also praised Roberts for his linebacker play.
Williams finished with 183 passing yards, more than double his output against Lakeview a week earlier. Williams connected on 12 of 24 passes, capped by a 27-yard scoring strike to Miguel Baltazar in the third quarter to finish the scoring.
"Mike threw the ball better, but we also did a better job of protecting him," Davis said.
Williams' passing also set up a 30-yard field goal by Juan Terrazas. Glide did score just before halftime on a 50-yard pass, that play accounting for nearly 40 percent of the Wildcats' total offense.
Notes: In the Williams passing watch, the senior is No. 2 in single-season yardage. Williams has 1,112 yards. He passed Terry Ybarra's 1.036 of 1989 and is pursuing James Macy's 1,478 in 1995. ...Portland Christian moved up to No. 1 in the Sept. 28 coaches' poll after trailing Culver the previous two weeks. Culver had five first-place votes compared to two for the Royals. A week earlier, the Bulldogs led Portland Christian by a 98-91 margin. Culver ascended to No. 1 in the Sept. 21 poll, leading the Portland school 94-91. ... Portland Christian will likely stay at No. 1 after a 45-6 win against previously unbeaten Veronica (No. 9 in the 3A poll). The Royals intercepted five passes to set up several scores.