The Chelsea Bulldogs season continues to fall apart as they were handled this week by the Bedford Kicking Mules. Chelsea’s star running back Berkley Edwards continues to struggle as he mounted 50 yards of offense on 17 touches. He did add a touchdown with that, but he didn’t get much help from his line or any of the players around him.
Once Bedford got going, they weren’t going to be stopped. The Kicking Mules defense set them up with a short field starting at Chelsea’s 18 yard line. Their running back Weston Swick runs the ball in from 13 yards out to take the 7-0 lead. A minute later Bedford had the ball back with another short field and quarterback Brad Boss scored on a 39 yard run. Their final score of the quarter came on another short field, this time Alec Hullibarger on a 7 yard touchdown run. The score was 20-0 at the end of the first.
Early in the 2nd, Boss took another one from 15 yards out. Chelsea did answer back with a 6 yard touchdown run from Edwards. Boss took another one in, this one a 59 yarder. The Kicking Mules weren’t done yet and with 7 seconds left on the clock, Boss hit Jon Shepherd. The score at the half was 39-7.
Chelsea struck first in the third quarter when quarterback Alex Maloney hit receiver Nate Bossory for a 6 yard touchdown. Boss answered back with another long touchdown run, this one for 65 yards. To end the quarter, Bedford scored again on an Austin Reidmeier 3 yard run.
The only score in the final quarter was by Chelsea. They brought in the back-up quarterback Logan Brown and he connected with Alex Bielecki for a 6 yard touchdown. They would miss the extra point and the final score was 53-20.
Chelsea was leading the way through the air by Maloney who was 8 for 16 for 58 yards with a touchdown. The leading rusher for the Bulldogs was Alex McDougall who had 6 carries for 35 yards. The top receiver was Berkley had 4 catches for 30 yards and Kyle Koseck caught 2 passes for 31 yards.
The Kicking Mules’ Boss threw for 71 yards and completed 4 of his 9 passes. He also was the leading rusher with 8 carries totaling 190 yards. Top receiver was Trent Santiago with 1 catch for 31 yards.
Chelsea is at that point in the season where they need to make changes or their season is going to completely fall apart. From what I have seen, this team doesn’t have heart and that isn’t something that can be coached. They have talent, but they are just being dominated every week. I knew that Bedford was going to be tough. They need someone to step up and lead this squad, because it doesn’t look like they have anyone to do that.
Edwards needs holes to be opened up. He is a fast guy, but he can’t make everything happen. The running game is struggling as well as the passing game. Nothing is really working for the Bulldogs and unless they can figure it out and make changes. If not this is going to be a really long year.
Chelsea drops to 0-3 and will begin conference play at home against the 0-3 Ypsilanti Phoenix. Ypsilanti lost at home to the Monroe Trojans this week by a score of 47-6.
The Kicking Mules move to 2-1 and will travel to play conference opponent in the 0-3 Huron River Rats. River Rats played the Tecumseh Indians on the road this week and were defeated by a large margin, 41-14.