Bulldogs win season opener
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The University of Redlands football team made history Saturday by upsetting the visiting Cardinals of North Central College (IL) in Saturday's early season opener at Ted Runner Stadium. With a preseason ranking of No. 4 by D3football.com, the highly touted opponent from Illinois gave Bulldog Head Coach Mike Maynard what he classified as the biggest game of his tenure, according to a recent newspaper article. Despite facing a 13-point deficit, the Maroon and Gray rallied back to capture a 35-29 victory over the Cardinals in front of an electric "Rah Rah Redlands" crowd of more than 2,100.
Read more about the game.
Before the game, the campus community and Bulldog Football supporters attended Rah Rah Redlands, the pre-game event presented by the University Town & Gown.
University President James Appleton welcomed the crowd, and Associate Vice President for Development Ray Watts kept things going as emcee. Bulldog mascot Thurber, his mom Talulah, his grandpa and mascot emeritus Duke and some of his puppy half-siblings also made an appearance.
Children ran drills with football players and had bulldog paws painted on their faces by cheerleaders. The Mariposa Chorus sang and KIIS-FM also offered up tunes.
Rah Rah Redlands organizer Alisha Aguilar said she was excited about the record crowd for the event, and thanked everyone for their support of Town & Gown and Bulldog Football.