Bulldogs pull away late against Liberty

By Jimmy Kirby
Courier Sports

LIBERTY — Behind the play of quarterback Jamal Blakley, the Pendleton Bulldogs went on the road to take down Liberty, 24-12, in the two teams’ week zero season opener on Friday night.

Blakley scored on runs of 1, 6 and 68 yards to pace the Pendleton rushing attack.

Pendleton returned the favor against the Red Devils, who won a one-point defensive battle by a 7-6 final score on the road to start the 2016 season. It was a defensive struggle where neither team could move the ball a year ago, as Pendleton gained only 137 yards and the Devils had just 100 yards.

The game seemed destined to be a repeat this year, as both defenses got off to a good start and the game headed to the second quarter in a scoreless tie. But as the game wore on, both teams were able to garner some nice offensive production.

Pendleton got the scoring opened pretty quickly midway through the second quarter, as the Bulldogs marched 92 yards in just five plays to go up 7-0. A pair of 41-yard plays put the Bulldogs at the Red Devil 1-yard

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