Published: 8:57 am, Mon. Sep. 27th, 2010Updated: 3:19 pm
Artesia tops Carlsbad at packed Bulldog Bowl, 42-24
By BRIENNE GREEN
In what seems to be as big a tradition as the annual meeting itself, Friday night’s Eddy County War between Artesia and Carlsbad came down to a series of moments.
A completed pass here. A tackle there. A turnover, an extra point, a game-changing play in the clutch. The quarters of Battle No. 94 rolled on like acts in a play. When the drama was over, not one member of the standing-room-only audience at Bulldog Bowl could claim they’d experienced a dull moment. But only the Bulldogs could claim county bragging rights – for the sixth consecutive season.
“Last night, in my mind, lived up to what you would want from a Carlsbad-Artesia game, particularly from an Artesia viewpoint,” Bulldog head coach Cooper Henderson said Saturday. “Both sides played very hard and played with a lot of intensity.
“It was a good high-school football game. We’re sure proud of our young men, and I would think Carlsbad would be, too.”
What the first half lacked in scoring the third quarter made up for Friday. Both teams delivered a trio of touchdowns in the period, with the Class 5A Cavemen charging back from a 14-3 halftime deficit to a four-point gap with 16-and-a-half minutes of football left to play.
But with a leaping interception by Bulldog defensive end Eric Sanchez and a 23-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Josh Houghtaling to classmate Chance Allen, the ‘Dogs finally reclaimed their two-score lead with 43 seconds to go in the third. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.