Despite a strong effort by the Rockland High School football team, too many small mistakes added up against the Bulldogs in their homecoming contest against Carey on Friday, Sept. 13. Rockland fell to Carey 30-20.
“We played a really good game. We were strong on the defensive side from the very beginning and our offense came out extremely strong after half-time,” said Head Coach Lalo Hidalgo.
The Bulldogs ended the half ahead of the Panthers 8-6. Carey’s single touchdown coming off a possession that started with an interception during the first quarter. The Bulldogs, however, held off Carey’s point-after attempt.
Aaron Kirby would strike back in the second quarter and the Bulldogs would add the extra two points.
Turnovers and two failed defensive efforts in the second half were all Carey needed to erase the Bulldogs’ lead.
“We had five turnovers. It is tough to keep in it when you give away the ball that many times, but we held strong,” said Hidalgo.
Carey was able to score on two separate fourth-and-long situations in the second half. Hidalgo said that was what sealed the Bulldogs’ fate.
“They scored on two fourth-and-long situations. Letting those go is what hurt us the most. If we had stopped just one of those the game would have turned out much differently,” Hidalgo said.
Hidalgo said homecoming is an example of what Rockland has to work on.
“It is strange to say, but we are a very good team. What hurt us was little mistakes. It is a very good thing to be able to say we have to work on the small stuff,” said Hidalgo.
The Bulldogs will host Wells, NV, on Friday, Sept 20. Kickoff is at 4 p.m.