HOWE- The Bulldogs took a hard 50-12 loss on Friday against the Gunter Tigers, one of the top-ranked teams in the district last season. Despite the loss, Howe High School delivered on head coach Zach Hudson’s promise of a strong running game when senior running backs Dylan Moreau and Mason Riggs saved the game from being a shutout victory for Gunter (1-0) with 2 touchdowns for Howe (0-1) between them. Howe showed up and played with heart against the experienced, organized championship Gunter football team as the Bulldogs began their second season competing in 3A-1 Region II, District 5.

Gunter started the game by hitting Howe fast. The Tigers were poised to secure a strong lead by scoring 2 touchdowns and a kick for the point-after-touchdown from Gunter kicker Dylan Jantz with one minute to go in the first quarter. The Bulldogs did not let up easily when they ended the quarter with denying a 2-point conversion attempt by the Tigers to close out the first quarter at 35-0.

The Bulldogs put in a major offensive effort in the fourth quarter until Moreau and Riggs scored the only touchdowns for Howe in the game. In the future, the outcome of the game will be somewhat of a side note for Howe High School as it was not only special to the Bulldogs as the first non-conference home game of their season in a much tougher district, but it was a historic moment for the school and a milestone for the Howe High School Varsity Football program as well.

When running back Calley Vick stepped on the field at the game against Gunter on Friday, Vick became the first female football player in the history of the Howe High School Varsity Football program to do so. Vick’s attempts to run the ball in for the two-point conversion were blocked by the Tiger defensive line after both of Howe’s touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

The Howe Bulldogs will next travel to take on Bowie on Sept. 8 while Gunter will host growing district rival, the Pottsboro High School Cardinals.