Bulldog varsity football players promised their fans a win at a pep rally held Friday afternoon at New London High School.
By the end of the night, the team had made good on that promise with a 28-14 win over Oconto Falls in the Homecoming football game.
The Bulldogs got on the board first by scoring on a long run by Connor Hoell, who snuck through the line, broke into the open field, and paired a nice cutback move with a key block downfield to scamper into the end zone. The point-after kick was good.
Oconto Falls answered with a score in the second quarter to tie the game, but the Bulldogs kept the pressure on by scoring another touchdown on a 59-yard pass from Tommy Thurber to Jacob Thomas. Thomas made a great play on the ball, shook off the defender, and raced into the end zone.
New London added a touchdown in the third quarter on another run by Hoell, but Oconto Falls hung in the game with a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs scored another touchdown to put the game out of reach, again handing the ball to Hoell and watching him find his way across the goal line.
Hoell had a tremendous game for the Bulldogs, scoring three touchdowns while rushing 25 times for 200 of New London’s 207 rushing yards.
Thurber completed five of nine passes for 90 yards. Jacob Thomas, Tyler Raschke, Hoell, and Nick Thomas all had at least one reception.
New London’s defense also stepped up in the Homecoming game, holding Oconto Falls to 150 rushing yards and 54 passing yards.