The Bulldog football team came into Saturday’s game against Chapman with bounds of confidence. After losing their first game of the season to Trinity, the Bulldogs have since been on a rampage, winning their next three games and outscoring their last two opponents by a combined score of 112-43.
The only team standing in the way of a potential four-game winning streak was the Chapman Panthers. Fortunately for the Bulldogs, Redlands continued their streak and cruised to a comfortable 31-13 win over the Panthers.
Chapman drew the first blood in the game, getting a 3-0 lead after their kicker nabbed a 28-yard field goal midway through the first quarter. Redlands responded quickly, benefitting from junior running back Alex Andrighetto’s 60-yard run to get to Chapman’s nine yard line, and scored a touchdown soon after.
After a failed drive by each side, Chapman running back Brandon Medina finally found the end-zone for Chapman, rushing in from seven yards giving the Panthers a 10-7 lead. The Bulldogs quickly took back control, as Senior Devin Appleton capped off an efficient 75 yard drive, rushing the ball for a touchdown on the sixth play, giving Redlands a 14-10 lead.
Chapman’s final contribution to the scoreboard consisted of a field goal on the first drive of the second half of the game. The 40-yard field goal brought the score to 14-13, but the Bulldogs regained their lead and increased its gap as the game went on. A field goal by freshman Alex Raya put the Bulldogs back on top, and was followed by two rushing touchdowns by Andrighetto to make bring the final score to 31-13.
Alex Andrighetto and Devin Appleton carried the offense by providing three out of the four touchdowns of the game, and running a combined total of 241 yards. Sophomore defensive back DJ Hollingshead managed to get 11 tackles throughout the night and three Bulldog defenders each got a sack to hold down the fort defensively.
The Bulldogs next conquest will be next Saturday, during homecoming weekend, as they take on Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
[photo contributed by Redlands Bulldog Photographer Benjamin Fortuin]