The Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season with a 24-14 loss to the visiting Killdeer Cowboys. Playing their first game of the season at home, Bowman County started the game slow.
By COLE BENZ
“We came out really flat, we were just off,” said head coach Todd Frie.
Frie said that it was a difficult week during practice. He himself had missed a few days and said the focus was just not on point throughout the week.
“It was just a hectic week for the players and coaches,” he said.
The one thing Frie saw right away was that his team was not executing on either side of the ball the way they normally would be able to do.
He also credited Killdeer though, saying they are a really good team. Sitting at 3-0 and atop the division, Killdeer has gone deep into the playoffs each of the last three years which includes two trips to the championship game.
After a lack luster first half where the Bulldogs found themselves down 18-0, Frie said his team did a good job of making adjustments. During the break, he said they communicated with the offensive and defensive lines to figure out the better matchup. He said the defense really stepped up in the second half, and held the Cowboys scoreless on two consecutive drives.
Their offensive started to click too, but a turnover killed the drive and Killdeer ended up scoring two more times that left them in a 24-7 hole.
“It was getting better, we just dug ourselves into an 18-point hole in the first half and couldn’t recover,” he said.
The Bulldogs would add another score before the game was over, and even though they came up short, Frie said the resilience the team showed was a very positive thing in his eyes.
“From the way the first half went, it could have been 40 to nothing,” he said. “But they just kept fighting.”
This week Frie said they hope to get back to their strengths, which is playing ground and pound football. They need to utilize all of their running back options and lean heavily on their offensive line. He’s also looking for a strong showing from his defense.
“This week we really want to come out strong,” Frie said. “I’m really confident in what the defense is going to do this week.”
Five running backs contributed to a 98-yard rushing day. Those five backs included Tristen Peterson (40 yards), Matthew Osendorf (32 yards), Adam Powell (28 yards), Alex Madrigal (18 yards), and Corban Massey (loss of 20 yards).
Osendorf and Powell had a score for Bowman County.
Massey threw for 115 yards and one interception with seven completions on 14 attempts. Osendorf threw once for a 49-yard completion. Reed Marmon also attempted a pass.
Brian Anaya had a team-high 148 yards receiving on six catches and Osendorf had two catches for 16 yards.
Nate Boehm tallied the lone sack on the game for the Bulldogs.
Peterson and Powell forced a Killdeer fumble each.
Bowman County travels to Wilton where they will face the 0-3 Southern McLean on Friday, Sept. 15.