The Alto Yellow Jackets swarmed into Driskell Stadium to spoil opening night for the Crockett Bulldogs 46-28 Friday night.
Alto, a highly ranked Class 2A squad, drew first blood on a 73-yard catch-and-run from quarterback Keenan Johnson to Jyran Shaw with 5:40 in the first quarter. The Bulldogs blocked the extra point.
After Don Gilbert returned Alto's kickoff to the Bulldog 17, Crockett took the lead with a four-play, 83-yard scoring drive. Quarterback Case Robinson connected with A.J. Phillips on a key 14-yard pass and then hooked up with Lucky Daniels on a 64-yard touchdown strike. Antonio Arcivar kicked the extra point to put the Dogs ahead 7-6.
Alto regained the lead late in the first quarter after a long kickoff return by Tyarius Hackett to Crockett's 33. The Jackets scored five plays later on a 7-yard keeper by Johnson and Jose Perez nailed the point-after for a 13-7 lead with 1:42 left.
Early in the second quarter, the Bulldogs drove to Alto's 19 yard line before running out of steam.
Alto's offense took over and immediately moved into scoring range when Johnson reeled off a 53-yard gain before being run out of bounds by Crockett's JaMarcus Moten at the Bulldog 29. Johnson scored two plays later from 14 yards out and Perez kicked the PAT for a 20-7 lead with 7:38 left in the second.
The Bulldogs kept Alto within reach when Robinson escaped trouble in the backfield and found Daniels wide open for a 69-yard touchdown strike. Arcivar's kick narrowed the gap to 20-14 with 6:31 before halftime.
After another long kickoff return to the Bulldog 24 put Alto right back in striking distance, Johnson continued his scoring exhibition with a 29-yard scamper for a 27-14 edge.
Late in the first half the Bulldogs methodically drove down the field e before being turned away by the Alto defense at the 2 yard line.
After halftime, the Jackets turned the ball over on a fumble at Crockett's 11 yard line but scored on their next possession on a 41-yard aerial to L'Darius Pope.
The Bulldogs continued to battle back and put together a scoring drive that included a 23-yard run by Chamar Wiley-Harris, an 18-yard toss to
AD Watkins and a 17 yard keeper by Robinson. Wiley-Harris capped the drive on a 16-yard run and Arcivar's kick made it 33-21 with 1:34 in the third.
After Alto scored two unanswered touchdowns, the Bulldogs closed out the game with a 57-yard touchdown scamper by Wiley-Harris with 3:16 left.
The Bulldogs travel to Rusk for their next matchup on Friday, Sept. 5.