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Fake punt boosts Bulldogs

Carroll gambled early in the game with two successful fourth-down conversions. But it was New Haven which rolled the dice late in a 41-35 win against the Chargers on Friday.

The Bulldogs pulled off a successful fake punt with 2:52 left when Jordan Hogue ran for a first down on a direct snap in their own territory.

Eventually, New Haven still had to punt but precious time had come off the clock.

"It definitely affected the outcome because it changed their play call," New Haven coach Jim Rowland said of the fake punt. "It got us another set of downs and took another 35-40 seconds off the clock. We got a nice punt off it, and that helped keep them from coming after out punt, the second one.

"We pinned them deep, and they didn't have a lot of time to make anything happen and were forced to pass in that situation. With the way, the Tranquills (Drue and Justin had a combined 263 yards and four touchdowns) were hurting us on the ground, I was glad to see that."

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.

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