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January 22nd, 2022

L&T staff report


David Gordon is a bowl game guru. Not only did he build a big enough lead heading in to the national championship to claim first place in the  Bowl Challenge, but he bucked the odds and took the Georgia Bulldogs to win it all.

After trailing 9-6 at halftime and a fourth quarter turnover allowed Alabama to take a lead, the Bulldogs rallied back and outscored the Crimson Tide 20-9 in the fourth quarter including a game-clinching pick six in the final minute to secure a 33-18 win.

The Georgia victory was not predicted by very many entries in the Bowl Challenge, but it did allow Gordon to win the contest running away.

Gordon ended the Bowl Challenge with a record of 27-10 for a winning percentage of .730, possibly the best record in the history of the Bowl Challenge contest.

Three games behind in second place was Bentley Fitzgerald who took Alabama, like a vast majority of entries, and ended with a record of 24-13, which is still an impressive finish.

Landry Fitzgerald took third at 23-14 and also missed on the national championship.

The three top entries will be given prizes provided by the sponsors of the contest.

Butch Dick came in fourth with a final record of 22-15, and he, too, took Alabama to win it all. He was tied with Richard Dent, Ken Hamilton, and Connie Jordan, and only Connie took Georgia as the national champion.

Ed Poley came in eighth at 21-16 and was tied with Lindsay Fitzgerald and Ron Ryckman, and all three took Alabama to win it all.

Rogelio Martinez ended in 11th place at 20-17 after shooting out of the gate early with a 9-3 start to Bowl Season.

Andy Stewart rounded out the winning entries with a record of 19-18.

In the Liberal High School Alumni Challenge, Trace Haskell put a feather in his cap by picking Georgia to win it all, and Haskell turned in a record of 24-13 which would have left him tied for second in the public contest.

Earl Watt took Alabama and ended with a winning record of 20-17.

Jason Dunlap struggled early and never recovered. Dunlap took Alabama to win it all and ended with a record of 16-21.

The Leader & Times wants to thank all of those who sent in entries and to the sponsors for making this contest possible.


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