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September 7, 2013
There are very few guaranteed wins in sports.
But one thing was certain tonight: the Bulldogs were going to win this game.
Much like Thursday's NFL regular season opener, the first quarter was slow and then the scoring picked up after.
But Peyton Manning was not the focus of this game. Rather, the running game stole the show.
On DeLand's side, QB Hunter Nordman and RB Stevionte Bruten combined for six touchdowns on the ground. Bolles RB Christian Bermudez added three scores of his own.
DeLand led 10-7 at the end of the first quarter. After Sean Meade hit a 40-yard field goal, Nordman pushed the pile one yard for the first of three rushing touchdowns in the game.
The first one came with 2:36 to go in the first. The other one came with 7:50 to go in the second quarter. He took the last one into the endzone with 2:18 left in the third.
Bruten picked up a one-yard run in the first quarter, a 12-yard run in the third and one yard run on fourth down in the fourth. That score was a set up by his 42-yard pickup on the previous play.
Bermudez also had a pair of third quarter touchdowns. He had a 24-yard TD run with 4:17 to go and 12-yard run with 2:18 left. He added a 50-yard score with 6:23 to go in the game.
On the winning Bulldogs' side, scores also came from WR/KR Dexter Carter Jr. He caught a 20-yard pass with 4:51 left in the third. That put Bolles up 17-13.
Kyle Johnson added a 9-yard run in the fourth to give Bolles a 41-24 lead.
Next week, Bolles hosts North Marion and DeLand will head back home to play Seabreeze Recruiting news
Senior offensive tackle Kian Schoenborn opened a lot of gaps for Bermudez' touchdowns and several other big plays.
"We just had to fight. Conditioning was what got us through," Schoenborn said. "We got through more plays. They were cramping."
The senior credited assistant coach Wayne Belger in improving his run defense.
"He makes practice harder than the games for us," Schoenborn said.