Michael McKinley, Cody Watson

Empire’s Michael McKinley, left, gets away from Bray-Doyle’s Cody Watson on Friday.

It’s no secret that, during the course of this season the Empire Bulldogs have shown they have a potent running game which has proven very difficult to contain for opposing teams.

The Bray-Doyle Donkeys were hoping to find the formula to stop the Bulldogs rushing attack as Empire and Bray locked up Friday night at Ric Johnson Memorial Field for Homecoming 2011.

Three rushing touchdowns in the first quarter put EHS well out in front and the Bulldogs never looked back as they stormed to a 67-0 victory over the Donkeys and finished with six total scores on the ground.

Empire head coach Tony Roberts said after the game he was pleased to see the ground game working against Bray-Doyle.

“I thought we played extremely well tonight and showed some great determination,” he said. “Our guys really came out fired up and ready to play and our running game was very effective and with the turnovers then that really helped us get a short field. We’ve set ourselves up for a big game Friday night against Healdton.”

For Donkeys head coach David Perkins, he said while this was a tough loss, his team is going to keep working.

“We had a game plan on how to contain these guys but it just didn’t work tonight,” he said. “It was just a case of not making tackles and not being in the right position to make some plays. It’s hard to stay positive with all this going on around us but we’re not going to let this get us down we’ll come back and keep improving ourselves.”

With his team leading 21-0 in the second quarter, freshman Dylan Twigg received a punt and returned it 38 yards for the touchdown to make it 28-0 at the 9:15 mark. Sophomore Stephen Price added a one yard touchdown run along with a 19 yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Tanner Shorter to freshman Tanner Ford. EHS held a 42-0 lead at halftime.

In the third quarter Shorter got his second touchdown pass of the night, this time to Price from 14 yards out. Then, at the 5:24 mark, Twigg struck again this time going 54 yards on a punt return for his second touchdown of the game. Junior Aaron Key added a three yard touchdown plunge to make it 61-0 at the 4:56 mark of the third.

“Dylan Twigg has a bright future ahead of him,” Roberts said. “That’s the second week in a row that he’s returned a punt for a touchdown and you just can’t say much more about him and how hard he works.”

Key added one more touchdown in the fourth, this time from 22 yards out to make it 67-0.

Shorter collected a rushing touchdown in the first quarter after senior Michael Mckinley got things started with two rushing touchdowns from 41 and 23 yards respectively.

Empire’s overall record now stands at 3-2 with a 1-0 record in district play. Bray-Doyle falls to 1-4 overall and 1-1 in district play.

EHS will be at home Friday night to take on Healdton with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m. from Ric Johnson Memorial Field. BDHS will hit the road to take on Stratford with kickoff also slated for 7:30 p.m.

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