Quitman scored early and often on Tuesday night while pounding rival Rose Bud 40-0 in the season opener for both teams at Rambler Stadium.
The Junior Bulldogs scored on the second snap of the game when quarterback Trey McGhee faked an option pitch around left end and raced unabated into the end zone for a 49-yard touchdown. McGhee carried for two more points on the conversion, pushingQuitman's lead to 8-0 a little over one minute into the game.
Quitman quickly stopped Rose Bud and got right back to work, this time covering 49 yards in 4 plays. Backed up on third and 14, Nathan Henderson set up the Jr. Bulldogs' second score by carrying a pitch down the right sideline for 52 yards before he was tripped up near the goal-line. McGhee punched it in from there and Quitman added two more on the conversion, pushing its lead to 16-0.
The Junior Ramblers turned the ball over on downs on their second possession and Quitman scored again, starting with a 21-yard run by McGhee, who then passed to receiver Dyllan Locke for 12 yards.
On second and goal, running back Eli Peck barreled into the end zone from 10 yards out and McGhee added two more on the conversion, giving Quitman a 24-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Rose Bud reached Quitman territory for the first time on its next possession, but the drive came to a sudden halt when Henderson pulled down an interception and scampered 72 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown. Peck powered over the goal-line for two more points on the conversion as the Jr. Bulldogs took a 32-0 lead late in the first half.
Quitman continued to pour it on, forcing a three and out before McGhee hooked up with Locke deep down the sideline for a 60-yard touchdown. McGhee kept for two points on the conversion, giving the Jr. Bulldogs a 40-0 lead, which they maintained throughout the second half as the clock ran continuously due to the mercy-rule.
McGhee paced Quitman (1-0) with 7 carries for 93 yards and 2 touchdowns. McGhee also added 4 two-point conversions while completing 3-of-4 pass attempts for 72 yards and another score. Locke led the receiving corps with 2 receptions for 72 yards and one touchdown. Henderson led the rushing attack, carrying twice for 56 yards and one touchdown and he also had a 72-yard interception return for six. Peck, who finished with 19 yards on 4 carries, scored one touchdown and one two-point conversion for Quitman.
Quitman Coach Fritz Heidenreich named McGhee offensive MVP and the entire defensive line, which includes Abi Quoriz, Logan Lowe, Tyler Stacener and Justin Johnson, as the Defensive MVP. Henderson's 72-yard interception return for a score was selected as play of the game.
The Jr. Bulldogs (1-0) travel to Mountain Pine for their 5-2A Conference opener on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Page 2 of 2 - (Editor's note: Stats and information courtesy of Quitman Football Foundation's Dan Lichoff.)