The Huntington Red Devils pulled out the trick play book but it never fooled Bullard, as the Panthers improved to 4-1 on the year by defeating Huntington 38-7 Friday night at Red Devil Stadium.
Panther quarterback, Colton Mebane, was the catalyst once again with two rushing scores as did running back, Tanner Schmidt.
Bullard placekicker Weston Gray came through with a 22-yard field goal with just over two-minutes into the game for a 3-0 Panther lead after one quarter.
Mebane then ran in from 24 yards out, followed up less than four-minutes later with a Tanner Schmidt scamper from 5 yards out.
The lone Red Devil (1-4) score came from their big fullback, “Hoss” Cartwright as he scored from 17 yards away and a 17-7, halftime cushion for the Panthers.
“I thought our line got stronger as the game moved along and it made a big difference in the second half,” said Bullard head coach, Shannon Wilson. “Colton (Mebane) continues to improve each game and he’s gonna be better before we are through.
“Our line really made some great adjustments in the second half, and they really stepped it up for us tonight on both sides of the ball,” Wilson concluded.
The staunch Bullard defense held Huntington to only 96 yards total in the first half (125 in the game).
Bullard took the opening third-quarter kickoff and marched 70-yards in route to a Mebane nine-yard score.
Schmidt scored from nine yards away in the third quarter to make it 31-7, as Gray tacked on the PAT giving him a perfect 5-for-5 evening to go along with his field goal.
Corbin Howard finished out the scoring in the game at the 6:17 mark of the final period with a two-yard plunge.
Bullard rolled up 428 yards of offense and took advantage of a interception by Jess Wood, and fumble recoveries from Billy Tomlin and Gilberto Jimenez.
The Panther defense also made two critical fourth down stands to thwart Red Devil threats.
Panther linebacker, Zach Hollady led the team in stops with 15 tackles (4 solo), while Sal Giuliano added 11 (5 solo) and Wood pitched in with seven (1 unassisted).
Offensively, Mebane led the Panthers with 163 yards in 18 carries and Houston Alexander added in a good night with 76 yards in 11 totes.
The Panthers play host to Tatum on Friday night, with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff slated.
Bullard 38, Huntington 6
BULLARD 3 14 14 7 - 38
HUNTINGTON 0 7 0 0 - 7
BUL: Weston Gray 22 field goal, 10:01.
BUL: Colton Mebane 24 run, (Gray kick good), 8:25
BUL: Tanner Schmidt 5 run, (Gray kick good), 4:14
HUN: Hoss Cartwright 17 run, (PAT kick good), 1:15
BUL: Mebane 9 run, (Gray kick good), 7:12
BUL: Schmidt 9 run, (Gray kick good), 4:14
BUL: Corbin Howard 2 run, (Gray kick good), 6:21.