Bowman County has bounce-back performance after loss
The Bulldogs had quite a bounce-back performance against Southern McLean one week after suffering their first loss to Killdeer, beating the Roughriders 36-0.
By COLE BENZ
Head coach Todd Frie told the Pioneer during a phone interview that the coaching staff kind of expected this type of performance based on what they witnessed in practice during the week.
“You know, it’s kind of what we expected of the guys,” he said. “We had a really good week of practice, the focus was ten fold better than it was the week of Killdeer.”
Frie added that the loss was a bit of a wakeup call, and they understand that you need to practice the way you intend to play.
“The focus Friday night was unbelievable,” he said. “The guys just really dominated the game, [from] start to finish, it was fun to see.”
Frie said that the defense played tremendously. Along with holding Southern McLean without a score, they only allowed four first downs and limited them to just 26 yards.
“We played assignment football,” he said. “That’s exactly what happened Friday night.”
The Bulldogs also forced five turnovers, and tallied a safety for the first two points of the game.
“That was really impressive defensive stats for these guys and they earned it,” Frie said.
The offense was clicking too.
Bowman County scored all 36 of their points in the first half. Senior Tristen Peterson had three scores—two runs and a punt return, junior Alex Madrigal scored a rushing touchdown and sophomore Matthew Osendorf scored on a 30-yard run.
Frie also credited the special teams unit with giving them good field positions throughout the game.
With a heavy lead, Frie said they were able to get some of their second string players into the game, and gave them some good varsity experience.
“We took out our starting running backs, [and] let some younger guys get some playing time,” he said. “[We] got some different guys in the game.”
He liked what he saw from the offense with the younger guys, but some penalties hurt drives, and with a heavy lead the game had a running clock, so the Bulldogs had limited offensive possessions.
Frie was really proud of his team, and said they had a different look than the week before.
“A focused group of guys, and the talent that we have…they’re a tough group to beat,” he said. “And they proved that Friday.”
Bowman County now turns their focus on to Heart River, and Frie said that barring weather they will look to move the ball through the air.
“Based on what we have on film, we know they like to throw the ball around a little bit,” he said. “I don’t know if the weather will allow that.”
Frie also said they have to key in on their running back, which has considerable size.
Bowman County will be on the road against the Cougars on Friday, Sept. 22. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Belfield.
“If we play our assignments, we’ll be ok,” Frie said.