— By SALLY SEXTON
MILLSAP – The relief coming from the first win of the season was evident for the Millsap Bulldogs Friday night — from head coach Kyle Coker’s post-game speech, to getting iced by his players at midfield.
The Bulldogs snapped a 17-game losing streak, dating back to the 2011 season, by defeating Windthorst at home, 21-20.
“We had a chip on our shoulder from a long losing streak and we got it off tonight,” Coker said. “We had the feeling at the beginning of tonight that this was our game.”
The Bulldogs didn’t get off to their fastest start, as it was the Trojans who scored first. Windthorst quarterback Chandler King completed a 25-yard pass to Caleb Lindley for the first score. King’s 12-yard run five minutes later gave the visiting team a 13-0 advantage by the close of the first quarter.
But Millsap bounced back, holding the Trojans to a punt on fourth down in their first possession of the next quarter, before finding the end zone on Andrew Tyson’s 30-yard scamper.
Despite a fumbled snap on the extra point kick, holder Bradley Bottoms was able to corral the ball and run it in for a two-point conversion, which would be the difference in the ball game.
Windthorst added another score to close out the first half on a King-Hayden Hoffman connection to help the Trojans widen the gap, but it would be their last score of the quarter.
With the Bulldog defense holding tight, the offense trudged ahead, scoring a 4-yard touchdown on a Morgen DePriest run in the third and a Dylan Burton 2-yard run in the fourth, giving Millsap the lead for good.
The Trojans had one last chance with seven minutes to play in the fourth when they regained possession after a Millsap fumble. Windthorst drove the ball down field, but would only get as close as the Millsap 47-yard line, as the Bulldog defense deflected two passes and held King to a short run to force Windthorst to turn the ball over on downs.
“Our offense finally broke through tonight,” Coker said of Millsap’s running game, which was responsible for all 323 yards of Millsap’s offense. “Our running game was fantastic and our defense, even though it bent, didn’t break.”