by Brian Magee
The Red Bud Musketeer football team ended the 2019 regular season in thrilling fashion with a convincing win over the Sparta Bulldogs at home last Friday night. It was Senior Night; senior athletes and their parents were introduced in a pregame ceremony that honored the commitment and sacrifice by the athletes as well as their families.
The game began with the Red Bud deep man Kaleb Barriger receiving the kick off and returning it 20 yards to the Red Bud 38 yard line where the Musketeer offensive took over. After gains on the ground by Chase Ward behind the fine blocking of the offensive line, Red Bud set up on the 22 yard line. On a third down play, quarterback Jayden Birkner hit tight end Parker Van Dorn for a 22 yard touchdown strike for six. Sam Carroll split the uprights and the Musketeers jumped out to a 7-0 lead.
Sparta had their turn with the ball after taking Carroll’s kick, but the Red Bud defense proved too much when defensive tackle Derek Weiser made a stop on third down forcing the Bulldogs to punt. Weiser led the defense in tackles this week with 11, played well at his offensive line position, and even returned a short kick off for 12 yards.
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