The Empire Bulldogs weathered the storm Friday night and ended a losing streak that dated back to 2004.

The Bulldogs took an early lead and held on for a 14-6 win over the Hollis Tigers Friday Night at Ric Johnson Memorial Stadium.

“We’re all pretty excited,” EHS head coach Larry VanBeber said. “It is a big deal for us and hopefully this will propel us against Velma next week.”

Chance Bridges started the scoring for EHS with a 56-yard scamper midway through the first quarter.

Bridges finished the game with seven rushes for 82 yards. Trevor Vincent led the Bulldogs with 100 yards on 16 carries.

As a team, EHS rushed for 325 yards on 50 carries.

John Freese was three of seven passing for 56 yards and a touchdown pass of 33 yards to Corey Jackson in the second quarter.

VanBeber said that the defense was the key in the win.

“I was gratified with how well the defense played,” he said. “Glen Howard is my defensive coordinator and he has done an excellent job of getting the defense ready to play.”

Jackson led the defense with seven tackles from his cornerback position, and senior linebacker Dylan Sanders had five takedowns, as did Brad Reddin.

Michael Ivey and Vincent each had four tackles.

VanBeber said that he was also happy for the four seniors on the team.

“To comeback after the season they had last year, I’m particularly happy for the seniors,” he said.

Empire will travel to Velma-Alma at 7:30 p.m. Friday for a District A-3 showdown.

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