Bulldogs answer loss with big win

Reed Marmon scores a touchdown against Garrison/Max on homecoming night. The Bulldogs won 33-0. (Photo by Chris Peterson/For The Pioneer)

The 2017 Bowman County Bulldogs have knack of coming back strong after a loss this season. Following a mid-season loss to Killdeer they won the following week 36-0 against Southern McLean. And following a 21-19 loss two weeks ago to Hazen, the Bulldogs came out with a 33-0 victory over Garrison/Maxwell, and have put themselves in position to grab a spot in the playoffs their first year of 11-man football.
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Head coach Todd Frie said he was happy with how they performed, but it took until the second half for him to see the team he’s familiar with.
“It was the team I expected in the second half,” he said. “The first half we were just a little flat.”
The only score through two quarters of play was a 5-yard rushing touchdown by Adam Powell.
But the gloves came off in the second half.
Powell scored twice more in the third quarter, once on a 16- yard rush and again on a big 48-yard rush.
Seniors Chance Andrews and Reed Marmon each had a touchdown in the final quarter, to seal the 33-0 victory over Garrison/Maxwell. With Andrews and Marmon each reaching the end zone, each senior on the team converted a score.
“One of my biggest season goals was to get all of our seniors to score touchdowns this [year],” Frie said. “It happened [last] Friday night.”
Place kicker Adam Pettersson hit three out of five extra point attempts on the game.
The Bulldogs easily outpaced the Troopers carrying the ball.
Bowman County had 357 yards on the ground, against Garrison/Max’s meager 25.
Through the air though, it was a little more even. Bowman County had 49 yards on Matt Osendorf’s five completions, and Naston Wimer of Garrison completed one pass for 43 yards.
The Bulldogs spread the ball around, and the leading rusher only had 125 yards of the 357. Frie thought at least 10 running backs got a chance to run the ball.
Looking ahead, the Bulldogs control their own postseason destiny. With a win they’re in, but a loss would end their season.
“We’re in playoff mode right now,” Frie said. “Our first playoff game is Friday night.”
Beulah has been a power house all season. But suffering their first loss last week has them clamoring for the No. 1 seed. They have scored a combined 290 points and have allowed just 38 points, and 21 of them came in their previous game.
If Bowman wins they get at least the No. 3 seed. But a Bulldog loss would give them the same record as the loser of Hazen and Killdeer. And because Bowman County suffered losses to both squads, Beulah would come in as the No. 1, a Trinity win against Garrison/Max would give them the No. 2 seed. And Killdeer and Hazen would come in as the No. 3 and No. 4—depending on the winner.
Frie said his team went over game film from the Trinity/Beulah game, and said they have cut to some things that they think they can capitalize on against the Miners. And Frie admitted this would be their biggest test of the season, but they are confident.
“We’re really installing a lot of new offense in two days,” he said. “It’s going to be a challenge for these guys to do it. But I think they have the willingness to do it, and we’re going in expecting a win.”
The Bulldogs face the Beulah Miners in Beulah on Friday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m.
GAME STATS—Passing: Matt Osendorf (5-12 49 yards). Rushing: A. Powell (14-125), A. Madrigal (10-95), C. Duffield (7-72), M. Osendorf (3-18), D. Martian (4-18), N. Boehm (4-10), C. Schaff (5-6), B. Phelps (2-5), P. Lambourn (1-3), C. Andrews (2-3). Receiving: A. Madrigal (4-29), J. Powell (1-20). Sacks: B. Jeffers (2), M. Stuber (1), J. Ortiz (1).

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  1. The news needs to be more up to date not a week or so behind. Also need to add more County wide news not just local.

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