By Taylor Luckie
For The Union Democrat
Bret Harte opened its Mother Lode League football scheduleon Fridayagainst Amador and also celebrated its homecoming at Dorroh Field.
The Bullfrogs played even with the undefeated Buffaloes for the first 24 minutes (6-6), but not the last 24.
Amador defeated Bret Harte 41-6 to spoil the Bullfrogs' celebration.
The Bret Harte defense was nothing short of dominant in the first half, limiting the Buffaloes to just six points.
Amador, who gained 336 rushing yards, went to the air for its first touchdown, a 5-yard strike from Kody Sackett to Chance Dominguez.
But the Bullfrogs answered when Logan Lowe scored on a 2-yard plunge to tie the game heading to the break.
"Our defense was really good; we held them to six points in the first half," said senior lineman Mack McManus. "The defense was solid."
The Bullfrogs defense also made some big impressions on their coach after their first-half effort.
"The defense played awesome," said Bret Harte head coach Jon Byrnes. "It was only 6-6 at half, so they played wonderfully. We were primed and ready at halftime to come back out and repeat what we were doing. We figured we could do some things, but once again, we just ran out of bullets. It's like trying to plug a dam with your fingers; you're going to run out of fingers. Tonight, we learned that we can play with a good team, but only for part of a game. We have to find out how to put together four full quarters. Not two, not three. We don't have a lot of depth, but we need to find out how to battle through some injuries."
The phrase "running out of bullets" is the second time in two games Byrnes has used it to describe his team's late-game play. Against both Amador and Brookside Christian, their last two opponents, the Bullfrogs allowed both teams to take over the game following strong early efforts. This time, it started early in the third quarter.
Amador running back Donald White scored on a 9-yard run less than three minutes into the quarter, his first of two on the night. Another Amador back, Logan Collins, scored to close out the third and put his team up 20-6.
In the fourth quarter, theBuffaloes widened their lead. White scored his second touchdown, this time on a monster 73-yarder down his own sideline. Collins followed that with a second touchdown from the 10. Finally, running back Cameron Bennett capped off the scoring for the night with a 2-yard run.
The Bullfrogs know what they need to work on before they face Summerville next week in a rivalry game at Thorsted Field.
"The first half, we really shut them down," said Bullfrog junior running back Austin Miguel. "We held a 5-0 team to six points all the way to half. We need to come out and be a new Bret Harte and finish in the third and fourth quarters."