Bulldogs win second straight, hold opponent scoreless

Matthew Osendorf (#16) tries to break a tackle against Heart River. The Bulldogs beat the Cougars handily 50-0. (Photo by Chris Peterson/For The Pioneer)

The Bulldog defense came up strong again in a win against Heart River in Belfield. It was quite a lopsided win for Bowman County as they won handily 50-0.

“We came out focused, ready to play, much like they did last week,” head coach Todd Frie said.

Again they leaned on their defense. For a second straight game the Dawgs held their opponents to under 30 yards of offense. In fact, the Cougars couldn’t get anything going against Bowman County, and by the end of the game had a negative yard of offense in the stat book.

“Our defense gives us good field position,” Frie said. “They’ve been just shut down the last two games.”

The Cougars had one good play early. But the Bulldogs never looked back after they returned an interception for a touchdown.

“You can’t ask for anything more than that,” Frie said.

The Bulldogs forced eight turnovers on the game.

Frie told the Pioneer that one advantage his team has is how many guys on his squad are one-way players, meaning they only play on offense or defense, so they stay fresh without having to play every snap of the game.

By the second half the Bulldogs were already up 34-0, which allowed Frie to put many of his backups and underclassmen in the game, which included freshman quarterback Tucker Strand. Due to the score, the game was on a running clock.

Though it was a big win, Frie said his team still needs to work on costly penalties.

But they’ve put the win behind them and are moving on to their next opponent.

“Their focus right now is Hazen,” he said. “And that’s a big game for us Friday night.”

Frie said the Hazen Bison will have to focus their attention on their dual-threat quarterback, who can throw and run with the ball.

“We just really have to be, even more so than the last two weeks, we have to be disciplined to our assignments and trust the guy next to us,” he said.

Friday is also big for the final standings. Dickinson Trinity will face Killdeer. And depending on who wins that game may decide where Bowman finishes. Bowman has a win against Trinity but a loss against Killdeer. So if Trinity wins Bowman still holds a higher seed because the early season win against the Titans. But if Killdeer wins, which also has a win over Bowman County, would lower the final seed for the Bulldogs.

Including Friday, Sept. 29, there are three games left in the regular season before the postseason begins on Oct. 21.

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