Defense wins championships. If the old cliche rings true then the Magnolia Bulldogs took a big step in the right direction, holding off Galena Park 14-11, Aug. 31
The Bulldogs held Galena Park to less than 200 yards of total offense, while stymying their opponents ground game.
Meanwhile, the Magnolia offense employed a three yards and a cloud of dust philosophy, racking up 266 yards rushing on the night.
Junior running back Sheyrome Harris rushed for 107 of those yards on 17 carries. He also threw a 5-yard touchdown pass.
Harris' touchdown run came late in the first half to put Magnolia on top 7-0. Harris later found Ajahne Brager for a 5-yard touchdown throw that gave the Bulldogs a 14-3 lead, midway through the third quarter.
Junior quarterback Noah McGowan completed five-of-seven passes for 44 yards and rushed for 44 more. Junior running back Greg Soloman added 81 yards on seven carries, while senior Jordan Turnbow had 30 yards on four rushes.
Magnolia will host Bryan Friday evening at 7:30 p.m.