The Bowman County Bulldogs are the Class-A, Region 4 champions.
Bowman County (8-0, 7-0) entered Friday night with at least a share of the region 4 championship. With a victory over Beulah, the Bulldogs wouldn’t be sharing the title with anyone.
After a close contest throughout, the Bulldog defense held the Miner offense on 4th-and-3 deep in their own territory to preserve the 28-20 victory and the region 4 championship.
“It was a heck of a ride. I’m so proud of these guys,” Bulldogs head coach Todd Frie said. “This was our goal when we came into this season. We knew this game we could be playing for a regional championship. Yeah, we had that locked up before we came in, but we didn’t want to share it with anybody. We wanted to win it outright on our field.
“And we battled. We played a good football team tonight. They brought everything, they brought everything they had. It’s just been a heck of a ride. And to have these guys come through and to have them make that defensive stand after our defense had given up a lot, I’m just proud.”
Frie gave all the credit to his staff and players for the team’s regular-season accomplishment.
“It’s just a feeling that as a second-year head coach, I have to give the credit to the assistant coaches and the players,” Frie said. “These guys work their tails off. This is a goal they set out for themselves. With the talent and leadership we have, we knew we could do it, and here we are.”
Bowman County struggled throughout the night, allowing Beulah to rush for 248 yards on 50 attempts. The Miners also had the ball for 27-plus minutes, compared to 11 minutes for the Bulldogs. However, when it mattered most, Bowman’s defense only gave up a yard on the critical 4th-and-3 with a minute left to go in the game.
“It comes from the heart at that point,” Frie said. “Being down there where they were at and the opportunity they had to go in and tie the game — for our defense to stand tall like they did. It’s a tough offense to read and it causes a lot of problems. It’s designed to confuse people, and we worked on that specific play.”
Bowman also made a specific switch on defense, which paid dividends during the contest. For the first time all season, Adam Powell played cornerback and came away with two interceptions.
“We switched him to corner back this week. He was wondering why,” Powell said. “He was playing inside linebacker the whole season. We saw something that we liked.”
Offensively, Powell carried the ball 18 times for 110 yards and four touchdowns.
“He’s a heck of a player and that’s what we expect of him, and anyone that carries the ball,” Frie said. “With the offensive line that we have, we expect anyone that touches the ball to produce the same, whether it’s 24, or 26, or 33, whoever has the ball, we expect results.”
The top-seeded Bulldogs will play at home Saturday, Oct 20, against Nedrose Cardinals. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Bowman County — Powell 21 yd run (PAT good), 9:05
Beulah — Bieber 2 yd run (Conversion no good), 8:47
Bowman County — Powell 4 yd run (PAT kick), 5:04
Bowman County — Powell 4 yd run (PAT good), 1:57
Beulah — Bieber 1 yd run (Conversion good), 0:00
Bowman County — Powell 1 yd run (PAT good), 7:38
Beulah — Bieber 16 yd run (PAT good), 5:31
Rushing — Beulah: Bieber 27-110, McGraw 16-102, 4-36, Battest 3-0; Bowman County: Powell 18-110 4, Svihovec 9-48, Madrigal 5-14, Anaya 1-6.
Passing — Beulah: 3-11-34; Bowman County: 6-11-56.
Receiving — Beulah: Miller 2-33, Bieber 1-1; Bowman County: Narum 1-28, Duffield 5-28.
Beulah 6-3 (4-3); Bowman County 8-0 (7-0).