Bulldogs hold Titans scoreless after opening kick off score
After a dominating opening game against New Town in Killdeer, the Bulldogs continued their winning with a 15-6 win against the Dickinson Trinity Titans to open their regional play.
By COLE BENZ
The Bulldogs allowed junior running back Kaden Kuntz to take the opening kickoff 95 yards for the first score of the game, which could have set the tone early.
“We kind of knew going in that they were a good team, and [that] we were a good team too and that we were going to have to make plays to win,” said Todd Frie, head coach of the Bulldogs.
But the Bulldogs looked past the big play, and showed a resilience their head coach has preached through the preseason and into the early part of the regular season.
“These kids [have] a lot of fight in them, a lot of heart,” he said. “That just proves it right there, they could have easily just folded at that point.”
But they didn’t fold, and after the early Trinity touchdown the Bulldog defense didn’t allow another point the rest of the game.
Frie told the Pioneer that when people looked at the matchup, most predictors would have given the Titans a win, but the team never had that mentality.
“Everyone probably predicted [Trinity] to win the game,” he said. “But I think the guys in our locker room never felt that way.”
Frie said they expected it to be a defensive game. The low scoring total proved that both teams held their opponents in check.
Frie, who is in his first year as head coach, said the teams defense is very strong, and they were able to key on a few players, like Kuntz. After the opening score by Kuntz, Frie said junior Brian Anaya did a good job of keeping up with the Trinity running back.
“We needed to stop a couple of key players, and our guys stepped up to the plate and did that,” he said.
Ball control also helped the Bulldogs take down the Titans. Bowman County held the ball almost 30 minutes of the game, and that included three drives of about seven minutes each.
“That’s the kind of ball we want to play,” he said. “Time of possession, wear them down, control the clock and no turnovers.”
It’s the first year the Bulldogs are competing in the 11-man division, and Frie said there aren’t many differences, but a big one is the amount of space on the field his offense has to work with. He said that sweep plays and runs outside don’t work as well because of the two extra defenders. So there has been a little adjustment.
Leading the team in rushing was senior Tristen Peterson, who ran the ball 16 times for 86 yards. Also gaining some yards on the ground were Matthew Osendorf (11-45), Alex Madrigal (6-40), Adam Powell (17-20), and Parker Tambourin (1-5).
Anaya led the way in receiving yards with 33 on four catches. Madrigal also had one catch for eight yards.
Powell had one rushing touchdown with Jaxson Fisher scoring the 2-point conversion. Madrigal took a kickoff 70 yards for another score and the defense scored a safety to get the Bulldogs to 15.
Quarterback Corban Massey threw eight times and had five completions for 41 yards.
Next up for the Bulldogs will be another tough regional test as they welcome Killdeer for their 2017 home opener. The Cowboys are also 2-0 on the season and bring with them a program that’s been in the Class A state championship two out of the last three years.
Game time is 6 p.m.