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Bowman County falls to Hazen at home

Matthew Osendorf (#16) dives for a touchdown against Hazen.
(Photo by Jason Waskiewicz/For The Pioneer)

The Bulldogs suffered just their second loss of the season. Playing the Hazen Bison at home on Friday, Sept. 29, Bowman County fell into a 21-19. The Bulldogs cut it close on a Matthew Osendorf 3-yard score, with the ensuing field goal by Adam Pettersson, but a 21 unanswered points in the third quarter and a couple of failed 2-point conversions was too much to overcome.

By COLE BENZ
Pioneer Editor

“Five minutes in the third quarter was the difference in the game,” said Todd Frie, head coach.

Frie said that an alignment issue with their linebackers caused some problems, but it was mostly due to fumbles and bad punts.

“It was a sequence of bad misfortunes,” Frie said. “If you look at stats of the game, the total yardage was 304 [yards] to 136 [yards] in our favor. It was a few mistakes at the wrong time.”

Defense showed up in the first quarter as each team was held scoreless.

Putting the first points on the board was Alex Madrigal, who ran five yards for the score. Bowman County failed on the 2-point conversion.

The Bison would go on to score three touchdowns in the third quarter, making their field goals on each of the scores. Hazen scored on runs of 55, 18, and two yards.

Madrigal added another touchdown in the fourth quarter that cut the lead to 21-12 in favor of Hazen. The Bulldogs failed to score on the 2-point attempt.

Osendorf added the final score of the game, and the field goal brought them to within two points, but time ran out on Bowman County.

Osendorf led the Bowman County with 151 yards passing on 15 attempts. Leading the Bulldogs on the ground was Madrigal, who ran for 78 yards and two touchdowns. Leading the team in receiving yards was Jordan Powell, who caught 2 passes for 43 yards.

The Bulldogs showed their resilience, by scoring those 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, even after losing Tristen Peterson and Brian Anaya to injuries.

“We had guys step up,” he said.

Frie said that they had many players step up, including Connor Buchholz who hadn’t caught a varsity pass. Buchholz caught three for 30 yards on the night.

“For them come back the way they did…we got a big spark on special teams,” Frie said. “I told the guys…we have time.”

Bowman County now sits at 3-2 in the region, tied with Killdeer and Hazen in the regional standings. There are still a lot of working parts as far as playoff seeding is concerned, even with just two weeks left in the regular season. However, Bowman County is guaranteed a playoff spot if they win their final two games, regardless of how the other teams finish.

The Bulldogs play Garrison/Maxwell, another home game for Homecoming, and Frie said they will focus on correcting the simple mistakes and continue to keep the penalties at a minimum. He said they are going to employ a few different offensive schemes, to exploit some of the talents on their team that they have yet to unveil.

“We’re going to try a few more offensive formations and do what works best for us,” he said.

Bowman County now sits at 3-2 in the region, tied with Killdeer and Hazen in the regional standings. There are still a lot of working parts as far as playoff seeding is concerned, even with just two weeks left in the regular season. However, Bowman County is guaranteed a playoff spot if they win their final two games, regardless of how the other teams finish.

GAME STATS—Passing: Osendorf (9-15-151). Rushing: Madrigal (12-78), Tristen Peterson (11-45), Adam Powell (14-31), Parker Lambourn (2-5), Nathaniel Boehm (1-2), Matthew Osendorf (7-(-8)). Receiving: J. Powell (2-43), Brian Anaya (1-40), Connor Buchholz (3-30), A. Powell (1-25), Madrigal (2-13). Sacks: Boehm (2), Beau Jeffers, Peterson, Jesse Ortiz, Ben Phelps (1).




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