HOWE — The Caddo Mills Foxes kept the Howe Bulldogs from their first victory of the season by coming up with an interception deep in their territory after taking the lead on a field goal in a 17-14 non-district victory on Friday at Bulldog Stadium.
Howe (0-5) started strong and put Caddo Mills (3-2) on the defensive with 14 points in the first quarter. But the Foxes didn't allow much from that point and were able to tie the game in the third quarter before notching the deciding points in the fourth.
“Their defense played smart and they sent the house,” Howe quarterback Chase Harvey said after his first action at the position. “When they did that, the timing was off and they sent eight with five trying to block.”
The field goal scored by Caddo Mills in the third quarter broke the 14-14 tie and set the tone for the rest of the game.
Harvey took to the new position well and helped the Bulldogs score two touchdowns right away. He put six points on the board with a keeper for a touchdown and then connected with Ty Harvey for a 31-yard touchdown pass.
“We got a big quarterback that stepped up this week, my cousin, led us to almost a victory,” Ty Harvey said.
Chase Harvey was 11-of-16 for 171 yards with a touchdown and an interception while rushing 15 times for 31 yards and a score.
Andrew Griffin led the Bulldogs with 53 yards on 14 carries and Ty Harvey totaled six catches for 129 yards and a TD.
After the slow start, the Caddo Mills defense continued to gain confidence. By the fourth quarter Howe struggled to find openings and clear passing routes. It also allowed the Foxes to pull off the comeback.
Cade Hayden found Payton Hammons for a 20-yard touchdown pass that cut the deficit in half at the break.
Then Hayden tied the game at 14 with a 12-yard touchdown run.
Cullen Brown kicked a 30-yard field goal to cap an 11-play drive and put Caddo Mills in front at 17-14.
Dylan Moreau caught a pass with less than two minutes to go as Howe moved closer to the go-ahead touchdown.
A penalty on a completion to Ty Harvey hurt the momentum and Chase Harvey was intercepted by Hayden at the Foxes nine-yard to preserve the victory for Caddo Mills.
“They are one of the better teams we've faced,” Chase Harvey said.
The Bulldogs have a bye this week before opening district play at Pottsboro.