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Bulldogs miss out on final playoff spot with loss to Miners

The Bulldogs, facing probably their biggest test this season, fell to the Beulah Miners on Friday, Oct. 13, eliminating Bowman County from playoff contention.
By COLE BENZ
Pioneer Editor
With the 33-3 loss to the Miners, the Bulldogs finished 4-3 in regional play. They tied Hazen with their 4-3 record, but because of the loss to the Bison Sept. 29 at home they finished fifth in the region, one spot short of a playoff berth.
Heading into the game, head coach Todd Frie said they would be looking at adding some new offensive schemes after watching game film on Beulah. It was going well until they lost the ball at the 15-yard line on their first drive.
“Our game plan was going very effectively, we were moving the ball just like we thought we could with the new offense we put in in two days,” he said. “It was going effectively and we had a turnover and it just kind of deflated us.”
Along with a new offense, the Bulldogs switched their defense too, because Beulah’s offense is very tricky, said Frie. They utilize deception quite a bit and Frie said his players couldn’t follow the ball; it was an offense even Frie himself hadn’t seen. But he said once they switched back to their usual defensive scheme, the Bulldogs kept it tight.
“Once we went back to the defense we ran all year, I think from that point [the score] was 7-3,” he said. “We basically went with our defense in the second half, what we ran all season.”
Frie told the Pioneer that if he had to game plan again, he would stick to the base of their defense and alter a few things to key in on some players.
Beulah’s defense held Bowman County’s strong running game in check too, holding them to under 100 yards. But part of that, according to Frie, was because they adjusted their offense to include more passing.
“We passed the ball more than we normally would,” he said. “We had less rushing attempts from what we normally do.”
Rushing was the big difference in this game. The teams were only separated by one yard in the air. Bowman County had 27 yards on nine completions from Matthew Osendorf, and Beulah had 28 yards on just one completion.
Each team had a 33 percent success rate on third and fourth downs. But the Bulldogs won the turnover rate as they forced three fumbles against Beulah’s one interception.
The loss ended the Bulldogs season, but Frie said he was happy with how their season played out.
“Five wins is nothing to be ashamed about,” he said.
And he also commented that the future is bright for football in Bowman County. He looks at the fact that not many of his players will be graduating, some players are returning from injury, and the young players who will be freshmen next year.
“I just don’t see any [performance] drop off, I see us being stronger,” he said. “Next year [they] are just an unbelievably strong team.”
GAME STATS—Passing: M. Osendorf (9-17-1 27 yds). Rushing: A. Madrigal (15-37), M. Osendorf (7-18), A. Powell (7-12), T. Peterson (6-12), C. Duffield (2-3). Receiving: A. Powell (5-27), A. Madrigal (1-3), P. Lindstrom (1- (-3)).