Creswell, Sports

Loss to Monroe closes Dawgs’ football season


The Creswell Bulldogs were blanked by Monroe – the state’s top-ranked 2A team – 0-45 on Oct. 26 to wrap a hard-fought season.
”They’re the real deal,” Creswell Head Coach Scott Worsham said of Monroe. ”In Zach Young, they’ve got a running back who’s top-notch, fast – an allstate kind of guy. You give him a little hole and he’s gone. He did a lot of damage.”
Monroe led just 6-0 after the first quarter but boosted their advantage to 27-0 at halftime and 36-0 after the third quarter.
”We held them a couple of times and played pretty well in the first quarter,” Worsham said. ”But offensively and defensively, they’re so good. (Quarterback) Dallton (Dewey) had not a lot of time throwing the ball and it was hard to even move the ball. They block so well; they’ve got some big defensive linemen.”
The Bulldogs were also their own worst enemy at times: ”Whenever we started actually moving the ball and getting a first down here and there, we’d get some kind of penalty; we shot ourselves in the foot,” Worsham said. ”Those penalties hurt us.”
Dewey completed 18 of 28 passes for 113 yards and Tayler Forsman was 3-for-3 for 13 yards. Dean Howard was 2-for-3 for 28 yards – all in fake punt situations (one of which Creswell converted).
Receiving, Forsman caught six passes for 31 yards, Levi Bones caught five for 33 yards, Chase Gallegos caught three for 38 yards, Dewey and Howard each caught three for 18 yards apiece, Tyler Nicol caught one for 18 yards, Nick Mullen caught one for three yards and Logan Johnson caught one for five yards.
Rushing, Mullen made six carries for 12 yards and Forsman made two for four yards.
Johnson made 10 tackles and a fumble recovery; Jaycob Kremer made nine, Mullen made eight, Forsman made seven, Tyler Olson made six, Tyler Nicol and Tyler Atwood each made five and Dewey made an interception.
The Bulldogs received OSAA permission to compete at the 2A level this season, based on their low roster numbers and difficulty being competitive at the 3A level. Although they finished the season 0-5 in 2A Special District 3 and 1-8 overall, Worsham said there are signs the program is moving in a positive direction.
”We’re making good progress as a program; there were more kids out this year, and those kids were more invested,” he said, noting that the program roster increased from 15 last year to 29 this year. ”I hope to get even more kids out next year – the dream would be to have 40 out – and continue growing the program,” he said.
”We were more competitive this year; we won a game and were very competitive and had opportunities to win a few more,” Worsham added. ”I appreciate everybody’s efforts and wish the best for our seniors in their other (CHS sports) programs and the future.”