Senior halfback tallies five TDs in Bulldog Blowout
Adam Powell outscored the entire Cougar team by himself. He found the end zone on four of the five Bulldog scoring drives in the first half, including the first three Bulldog possessions in the game.
Powell finished with 112 yards on the ground including those five aforementioned touchdowns, which all came in the first 24 minutes of play as the senior tailback sat out the entire second half as Bowman County beat Heart River 53-7 in a class-A, Region 4 matchup.
“It’s what we expect of (Powell) really,” Bulldogs Head Coach Todd Frie said. “He’s that type of player. We expect our line to block for him. He knows he still has things to work on. We talked about pad level with him. He’s still coming out of his runs a little high.
“But he had an outstanding first half. He wants to get better. He’s got goals to play at the next level. He knows that he’s being watched and he’s a tremendous player.”
Bowman County (5-0, 4-0) jumped out to a 26-0 lead in the first quarter. They had scoring drives that spanned 42 yards, 35 yards, 56 and 41 yards. The Bulldogs longest drive in the first quarter took 2:01.
On the flip side of the ball, the Cougars only mustered three first downs in the game. Heart River finished with 61 total yards, mostly because of a 59-yard touchdown pass from third string quarterback Cauy Shypkoski — who was the starting halfback, but was thrusted into an emergency quarterback role after the top to signal caller left the game with injuries — to Tanner Jarrett in the fourth quarter when the Bulldog starters had long excited the contest.
Midway through the third quarter, Heart River (1-4, 1-3) had -1 total yard of offense thanks to Bowman’s stifling defense.
“Dominate the down. We talk about it all the time. They take a lot of pride putting up a zero on the scoreboard,” Frie said. “They take a lot of pride in how many yards they give up. The defense is hungry. They take a lot of passion in what they do. They like to see those negative numbers.
“It’s assignment football. If each guy does his job, then you’ve got to trust the guy next to you. We’re getting to that point. Everyone trusts everyone. If you’re not in position to make a play, then the guy next to you will be.”
The Bulldogs had another opportunity to mix in younger players with some starters before completely giving way to the future of the program.
Frie said it’s always important to be able to get the younger guys playing time when the opportunity presents itself.
One of those guys who took advantage in the first and second half is Brody Headley. He ran the ball seven times for 93 yards and two scores.
Bowman County will be on the road Friday as the Bulldogs travel to Hazen.
“Hazen is the next one on our mind,” Frie said. “They came down here last year and beat us on our field. That’s staying with the seniors right now. They’re going to enjoy this victory, then they’re going to go up there and take care of business next week.”
Bulldogs — Powell 19 yd run (PAT no good), 10:40
Bulldogs — Powell 15 yd run (PAT no good), 6:31
Bulldogs — Powell 4 yd run (PAT good), 3:06
Bulldogs — Duffield 13 yd pass from Svihovec (PAT good), :50
Bulldogs — Powell 2 yd run (PAT no good), 10:04
Bulldogs — Powell 1 yd run (PAT good); 3:09
Bulldogs — Headley 29 yd run (PAT good); 7:20
Bulldogs — Headley 34 yd run (PAT good); 11:12
Cougars — Jarett 59 yd pass from Shypkoski (PAT good); 6:28
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Rushing — Heart River: Jarrett 2-5, Obrogrewitch 3-(-5), Fagerberg 3-(-9), White 6-(-10), Shypkoski 11-(-12); Bowman County: Powell 16-112, Headley 7-93, Madrigal 7-29, Duffield 3-27, Osendorf 2-10, Svihovec 2-9, Martian 3-9.
Passing — Heart River: Shypkoski 1-59, Fagerberg 4-33; Bowman County: Svihovec 2-33, Strand 2-7.
Receiving — Heart River: Jarrett 2-78, Gregory 2-9, Shypkoski 1-5; Bowman County: Duffield 1-33, Heimer 2-7.
Heart River 1-4 (1-3); Bowman County 5-0 (4-0).