Millsap

Forrest Murphy/WD Sports

The 2018 Millsap Bulldogs enjoyed a number of accomplishments, including earning the team's first playoff berth in nine years.

Below is a recap of five major highlights of Millsap football’s 2018 season.

 

Millsap defends turf in home opener

Millsap rebounded from a tough one-point road loss to Hamilton in the teams’ season opener with a convincing 36-15 win over Callisburg the next week at home.

Quarterback Jace Davis, running back Raymond Pacheco and fullback Franklin Lopez combined for five scores on the ground, churning out a collective 335 rushing yards in the process.

Coupled with a whopping six fumble recoveries by the defense, Millsap put up a dominant performance on both sides of the ball to get to .500.  

 

Bulldogs open district play with win 

While Millsap struggled toward the end of non-district play, dropping three games, the team did well making up for it with the start of district  competition, earning a 21-15 victory over Rio Vista.

The win, which saw Millsap produce another monster game on the ground with 238 rushing yards, would prove crucial in helping the Bulldogs secure a Class 3A playoff berth later in the season. 

 

Millsap racks up nearly 500 yards of offense versus Tolar

Standing as the team’s second district win in three weeks at the time, Millsap’s 16-13 triumph over Tolar would later prove the final piece needed to secure the former a playoff berth.

The low final score did not do the Bulldogs’ offense, which amassed 453 yards on the night, justice.

Quarterback Jace Davis put up a combined 342 yards of that total alone.

 

Bulldogs make return to playoffs

Millsap secured District 6-3A, DII’s fourth and final playoff spot in 2018, sending the Bulldogs to the bi-district round of UIL playoffs for the first time in nine years.

While the team made an early exit following its first-round matchup versus Gunter, Millsap’s return to the postseason fold served as a memorable final chapter of a 2018 campaign which saw the Bulldogs rack up 2,000-plus rushing yards and more than 60 tackles for a loss.  

 

15 Millsap players earn all-district honors 

The Bulldogs’ success in 2018 resulted in 15 all-district selections for the team, including one superlative recognition, six first-team selections and eight second-team selections.

 

Forrest Murphy covers Parker County sports for the Weatherford Democrat. Reach out to him at sports@weatherforddemocrat.com