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No. 4 Bulldogs stay on surge, destroy Eagles

— The state-ranked South Bulldogs dismantled an overwhelmed opponent for the second straight week.

Senior quarterback Troy Hentges threw two touchdown passes and also ran for a score Friday night as South Callaway — ranked No. 4 in Class 2 — slammed the Southern Boone Eagles in a 52-10 blitz.

The Bulldogs’ defense also forced six turnovers and accounted for a score for the second week in a row. After Hentges’ 35-yard touchdown run sparked South Callaway’s scoring with 10 minutes, 10 seconds remaining in the first quarter, senior linebacker Trevor Miller returned an interception for a touchdown just 12 seconds later.

The Bulldogs eventually charged into halftime with a commanding 46-0 advantage. South Callaway — now 2-0 — has outscored its first two foes by a combined 107-16.

“Southern Boone is a quality opponent and they have a lot of good athletes on the field,” Bulldogs head coach Tim Rulo said. “I was really happy with how we came out and made a statement that we were ready to go.

“(My level of satisfaction) is going up. Our goal is to raise our level of play and I felt like we made some big steps in doing that.”

South Callaway made it 21-0 on senior slot receiver Mason Shoemaker’s 60-yard touchdown run with 6:59 to play in the quarter. Hentges then followed with the first of his two scoring passes — this one going for 51 yards to senior wide receiver Dylan Hare at the 3:41 mark.

Senior slot receiver Cory Hanger pushed the Bulldogs’ lead to 33-0 when he raced 15 yards for the first of his two touchdown runs with 10:51 left in the first half. Hentges then paired up with senior wide receiver Luke Horstman on a 16-yard touchdown pass at the 8:35 mark. Senior running back Randy Weigel’s 1-yard scoring run with 5:16 to go topped off South Callaway’s scoring in the half.

Hanger’s 7-yard touchdown run with 8:48 left in the third quarter gave the Bulldogs a 52-0 advantage.

Southern Boone finally tallied some points when they scored a safety later in the quarter after South Callaway snapped the ball over Horstman’s head on a punt and the ball sailed out of the end zone.

The Eagles tacked on their other score on senior running back Grant Sandifer’s 4-yard touchdown run with :06 remaining in the game. Southern Boone completed a pass for the two-point conversion.

The Bulldogs accumulated 301 yards of total offense, including 234 rushing, and committed two turnovers. Hanger paced South Callaway with 64 yards on seven carries, while Shoemaker was right behind him with 63 yards in five attempts. Hentges was 2-of-4 passing for 67 yards and threw an interception.

In addition to the six turnovers it created, the Bulldogs’ defense limited Southern Boone to 122 net yards of offense.

“I liked how the defense contained their athletes,” Rulo said. “The defense played lights out — and were able to pin and corral, and swarm and punish.”

South Callaway starts play as a new member of the Eastern Missouri Conference this season when it plays its first road game this week at Clopton/Elsberry. The IndianHawks are also 2-0 after a 58-0 rout at North Shelby on Friday night.

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