No slow start for Bulldogs in opening week romp of Vernon


ABILENE, Texas - The string of traditionally slower starts came to a quick end for the Wylie Bulldogs on Friday night, who for the first time since 2012 - won a season-opener by more than a touchdown in a 45-6 blowout of Vernon.

Last year, Wylie needed a late touchdown as they escaped the Lions on the road, but Friday's game looked almost like a week 3 or 4 performance for Hugh Sandifer's team.

"We got three pretty quick touchdowns and then I thought from there we were pretty relaxed and played pretty free, where obviously our opponent got down quick," said Sandifer at Monday's press conference.

And in his first start, quarterback Sam King looked like a veteran under the lights, completing six of nine passes for 154 yards and four touchdowns.

"Our offensive line did a really good job of giving him time to see the field and he made some checks at the line so I was pleased overall with his effort," Sandifer recalled. "It's obviously one game but I thought he did really well.

The defense and special teams also pressed and made big plays, along with senior skills vets Cason Grant who scored twice in addition to special teams and defense performances. Gatlin Martin also picked up where he left off in 2016, catching two big touchdown passes of 75 and 45 yards.

It was one of the more holistic season-opening efforts as the Bulldogs came out hungry.

"I thought we looked like we were prepared to play -- and that's something you're always scared about because everybody goes 'man you guys have been practicing a long time and they don't look like they're ready'," joked Sandifer.

"But I thought the kids really took it to heart that they had to go out and perform and do a good job."

Wylie gears up this week for a re-match of its only loss last season against Lubbock Monterey in the KTXS Game of the Week on Friday night.

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