Young said Beulah’ style of play this year is “very similar to what they did last year.” The Bobcats won 17-14 in Ranburne in 2012.
“They’re big and fast like a 4A school should be,” Young said.
Against Vincent, the Bulldogs scored first on their fourth possession of the game, driving 85 yards in 10 plays. Two pass completions each gained double-digit yardage. Quarterback Dylan Wiggins picked up 20 yards on a trap play. On first-and-goal at the Vincent 10-yard line, Dylan Tullis ran for nine yards. He got the touchdown on the next snap with 5:22 left before halftime. The kick by freshman Jake Howle missed but Ranburne led 6-0.
After the ensuing kickoff Vincent held the ball for less than two minutes. Brady Whittle jolted a Vincent ball carrier and Zach Patterson recovered for Ranburne at the Vincent 30 with 3:39 on the second quarter clock. On first down, the Bulldogs went for the jugular. Wiggins found Brayden Wilson open on a post route and Wilson, who played at less than 100 percent physically, scored. A toss from Wiggins to Kyle Lovvorn on a jet sweep call made it 14-0.
Vincent narrowed the score to 14-6 on a long pass play just before halftime. A quarterback sack by Donovan Tullis halted a 2-point conversion try.
“The whole game, I’d feel like we had it iced away then I’d figure out quickly that we didn’t,” Young said. “We didn’t execute very well when we had the lead.”
The Yellow Jackets got the second half kickoff and cut into Ranburne’s lead with their second touchdown. This time, Dylan Tullis intercepted a pass to deny the 2-point play.