Tina Atkins/For the Times Red Boiling Springs junior Bishop Moore tackles Oakdale sophomore Eloy Vera (24).

Tina Atkins/For the Times

Red Boiling Springs junior Bishop Moore tackles Oakdale sophomore Eloy Vera (24).

OAKDALE -- The Red Boiling Springs football team had an chance last Friday night to capture its first win of the season as it traveled to Oakdale to face the winless Eagles.

"It's a good opportunity for us tonight to get some momentum heading into the second half of the season," RBS head coach Matt Swoner said before the game.

The Bulldogs dominated the football game, rushing for 270 yards and only giving up 125 yards on the defensive side of the ball.

However, two costly turnovers in the last five minutes of the game proved to be the difference as Oakdale captured its first victory of the season, winning 18-6.

"We have to understand the process of winning and learn how to win," Swoner said.

Oakdale -- which had been outscored by a 185- 22 margin over its first five games this season -- took the ball on its opening possession and advance to the Bulldogs' 10 yard line, mostly thanks to four offside penaltys against RBS.

"(You) can't win when they gain most of their yards off of penalties," Swoner said.

Oakdale punched it in the endzone from 10 yards out but the play was negated due to a holding penalty against the Eagles.

The Bulldogs capitalized on the next play as junior safety Michael Mathews stepped in front of the intended receiver and intercepted the pass.

The Bulldogs, pinned deep in their own territory on their opening offensive possession, gashed the Eagles for runs of 24, 25 and 20 yards by juniors Dylan Templeton, Devin Justice and Bishop Moore. The Bulldogs capped off the drive with a quarterback sneak from eighth-grader Aubrey Link for a touchdown.

"It was a good start," Swoner said.

However, Oakdale responded quickly.

With 10:30 seconds left in the second quarter, the Eagles connected on a 40-yard pass and catch that went just beyond the reach of Mathews. A failed two-point conversion attempt kept the score tied at 6 early in the second quarter.

The Bulldog offense stalled on its second offensive possesion but was able to force the Eagles into a three-and-out on the ensuing possession and get the ball back with only a few minutes remaining in the first half.

The Bulldogs executed the two-minute offense as they drove the ball to the Eagle 5 yard line with only 20 seconds remaining.

On the next play, Link connected with Mathews on a tight-end curl route, but Mathews caught the ball on the 1 yard line and was tackeled by a host of Eagles before he could stretch the ball over the goalline. Without any timeouts, the Bulldogs were in a hurry to spike the ball. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, time expired as they were unable to get the play off in time.

The Bulldogs came out of the locker room and took its opening possession into Eagle territory before it came to an agonizing hault, falling an inch short on a fourth-and-2 play.

The Bulldog defense responded well and was able to force a turnover and get the ball back midway through the third quarter.

The Bulldogs, however, were unable to capitalize as Templeton fumbled the ball a few plays later, and the Eagles recovered it.

"Dylan had a good game, but just can't turn it over at that point," Swoner said.

The Bulldog defense held strong once again and forced the Eagles to punt as the third quarter ended.

The score was still tied with nine minutes remaining when Templeton found a seam and scampered 25 yards into the end zone. However, the Bulldogs were called for holding on the play, negating the go-ahead score.

The Eagles managed a turnover on downs and regained possession deep in their own territory with 7:32 remaining in the game.

The Bulldogs forced the Eagles to punt, and the Bulldogs took over with less than six minutes to play. The Bulldogs faced a third-and-long situation on their own 35 yard line, but Link's pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown.

"I wanted to take a shot," Swoner said.

The defensive score for the Eagles made the score 12-6 with 4:40 remaining.

On the Bulldogs' ensuing possession, with 4:10 remaining, a fumbled exchange from Link to Templeton resulted in a fumble recovery for the Eagles.

The Eagles scored following the turnover to create the final margin of victory.

Red Boiling Springs fell to 0-5 and hosts region opponent Gordonsville on Friday night. Gordonsville is 1-5, with the Tigers' lone victory being a 42-18 victory over visiting Pickett County on Sept. 6. Gordonsville suffered a 38-14 loss to visiting Coalfield last Friday.

The Tigers defeated the Bulldogs last year, 44-14.

"Gordonsville has a good team despite its record," Swoner said. "It's gonna be another tough challenge for us."