Despite being a pushover in most seasons, the Bynum Bulldogs entered Friday night's game with a perfect 2-0 mark.
It didn't stay that way after the No. 10 Walnut Springs Hornets (3-0) won 34-27 - even though Bynum gave the Hornets all they could handle.
"We had several things go wrong, but they just came out and hit us in the mouth," said Walnut Springs head coach Tim Trotter. "We were basically in shock until we finally buckled down and started playing.
"We had a few mental breakdowns early in the game, but we figured it out in the second half," he added. "We had kids step up and play really well. They defense was unbelievable in the second half. It was a fun game to watch."
The Hornets got the scoring started with a 65-yard kickoff return by Dillon Rose to open the game. This marked the third straight game he returned a kick, including the punt return in the season opener.
Then it was all Bynum for the next four minutes.
Starting with 9:23 left in the first quarter, the Bulldogs scored three times until the 5:29 mark to take a 19-7 lead.
The Hornets finally answered with a five-yard touchdown run by Dylan Cooke with 4:36 left in the first. Jed Espinoza drained the field goal to make the score 19-14.
Bynum didn't slow up in the second, starting the scoring with a 36-yard touchdown pass and a good kick to lead 27-14.
Then things turned around.
The Walnut Springs defense pitched a shutout the rest of the way, keeping Bynum stuck on 27.
Rose got the Hornets to within one after back-to-back touchdown runs of 46 and 21 yards, the second coming just before halftime.
Neither team scored in the third quarter as both defenses proved to be impenetrable.
With just over three minutes left in the game and the Hornets trailing 27-26, quarterback Zane Trotter tossed an 18-yard pass to Adan Galindo to take a 32-27 led. Espinoza hit the two-point field goal.
Bynum, however, wasn't done.
The Bulldogs completed a pass with just under 1:30 remaining and took it down to the Hornet one-yard line before coughing it up on the tackle.
Walnut Springs recovered the fumble, ran a few plays to secure a first down and knelt on to victory.
Trotter was 5-7 passing with 54 yards and a score, while Dylan Cooke was a perfect 2-2 for 17 yards.
Rose became the first Hornet to crack the century-mark in rushing this season, gaining 114 yards on nine carries. Cooke added 30 yards on nine carries.
Austin Rose was the leading pass-catcher with three for 16 yards while Galindo, Dillon Rose, Cooke and Stormy Vara each caught one.
Dillon Rose also led the defense with 21 tackles. Mike Garcia (19), Cooke (17) and Austin Rose (13) also reached double figures in tackles. Garcia and Cooke also recovered fumbles.
The Hornets are expected to get a major lift this week as 2009 all-state player Ryan Engelhardt returns to the lineup after missing the first two games with a leg injury.
Walnut Springs returns home Friday to play Abbott at 7:30 p.m.