By BRIENNE GREEN
Not until the final moments of the fourth quarter Friday at Bulldog Bowl – when an onside kick bounced harmlessly out of bounds after failing to travel the required 10 yards – did it feel like the Bulldogs were finally out of the game.
Through the preceding 45 minutes and 30 seconds, the ‘Dogs had trailed, tied, led and trailed again but always seemed right on the verge of making that big play necessary to get the game under control and post a win over the Class 5A eighth-ranked Wildcats of Clovis.
But as the ‘Cats secured the pair of first downs necessary to take a knee and run out the remainder of the clock, Artesia’s chances – of which there were many Friday – ran out with it, and Clovis handed the Bulldogs their fourth loss of the season, 33-25.
“It was definitely disappointing to not win a game we felt like we could’ve won,” Artesia head coach Cooper Henderson said Friday following the contest. “But we know that the schedule we have is going to prepare us better than anybody around as far as having chances to improve. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.