By TAYLOR LUCKIE
The Union Democrat
The Bret Harte Bullfrogs bounced back in a big way Friday night after suffering a loss in their season opener.The Bullfrogs hosted the Gustine Redskins and treated their Dorroh Field fans to a 34-12 demolition.
Dominating the line of scrimmage, the Bullfrogs rushed for 298 yards, led by Peter Conrado's 96 yards and a touchdown on nine attempts. Most of those yards came on a 55-yard sweep in the third quarter that he took to the house to essentially put the game away for Bret Harte, making the score, 28-12.
Senior Colby Westberg was the first Bullfrog to find paydirt on a 10-yard run in the closing minutes of the first quarter.
"It was great blocking by the line," Westberg said. "I hit the hole hard and just ran it in."
Junior Logan Lowe also had a strong night with 81 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns. His first touchdown came in the second quarter from 15 yards out to put the Frogs up 14-0. Lowe also closed the scoring for the Frogs with a 4-yard run with 10:54 left in the game.
Lowe was modest in his description of the play, "I got the ball, lowered my shoulder and pumped my legs. That's about it."
Lowe also reflected on the team's response to the Ripon game as well as the Frogs' preparation for Gustine.
"We got whooped last week, so it feels good to come back and do this," he said. "We worked on a lot of stuff. We practiced three plays all week, and only used those three tonight."
The Bullfrog defense also had a night to remember, allowing only 206 yards. While they allowed 117 of those yards to Gustine's quarterbacks, they were punishing towards the running backs, limiting the Redskins to 89 yards. Bret Harte also had two sacks and recovered three fumbles.
"I'd rate the defense tonight nine out of 10, probably," said senior lineman Jared Taylor. "We barely allowed Gustine to run the ball, so I think we did really well tonight. It feels amazing. Our confidence is sky high right now."
Bullfrogs head coach Jon Byrnes was pleased with how his team bounced back following the Ripon game.
"Our guys responded, the matchup was more comparable (than Ripon)," Byrnes said. "We were really focused this week. We worked hard. We got some things ironed out, but tonight we discovered that we need to iron out even more things. But it feels good."
Despite how well they played against the Redskins, the Bullfrogs will have their work cut out for them when they host the Sir Francis Drake Pirates (2-0) next week.
"Drake is faster than Gustine, so we've got to prepare better and get off the ball faster," said Westberg. "We need to stop making stupid mistakes. Both times Gustine scored tonight, we made mistakes that shouldn't have happened."
The scores that Westberg refers to both came off of runs from Gustine quarterback Isaiah Figueroa, from 6 and 72 yards. The Redskins were also able to effectively move the ball through the air by finding space in the Frogs' secondary.
Coach Byrnes recognized these weaknesses.
"They got some plays around the outside, so we found a weakness that we need to cinch up," Byrnes said. "Our pass coverage is still a little suspect, so we've just got to make better reads and trust the scheme."