The Bowman County Bulldogs opened their 2019 regional play against the Dickinson Trinity Titans and handily won 35-7, thanks to a big game by Jacob Svihovec.
By Cole Benz
For The Pioneer
Svihovec had a game high 138 passing yards, but he did most of his damage on the ground. The senior ran for 270 yards, including a 70 yard touchdown run with 30 seconds left in the first half. He would run for three touchdowns on the night.
The Bulldogs had almost 500 yards of offense, but they also played stout defense. Bowman County held the Titans to just one score, which came on an interception returned for a touchdown midway through the first quarter. But they wouldn’t gain much ground after that, holding Trinity to 158 yards of total offense.
Svihovec wasn’t the only one to tally some rushing touchdowns. Sophomore Brody Headly had two scores on 85 yards rushing.
On a last-ditch effort deep ball by the Titans before halftime, the Bulldogs intercepted the ball as the clock ran out. The strong defensive showing continued as the second half opened. Headley managed to tackle the receiver deep in their own zone on the 14 yard line.
But two Bulldog penalties got the Titans to the 50-yard line. The two teams went back and forth as they exchanged penalties before Svihovec, playing on defense, intercepted the ball.
Defense was the name of the game in the second half. There was only one score, a Headley rushing touchdown, with a little over three minutes to play in regulation.
Junior Tucker Strand, plagued by a thumb injury with a cast from his hand down his forearm, was relentless, recording six tackles in spite of the banged up arm.
The Bulldogs would get the final possession, kneeling to run the clock out and securing the 35-7 victory over their regional foe.
The Bulldogs return home Friday, Sept. 13 to face Killdeer.
STATS: Passing: (BC) Svihovec – 138. Rushing (BC) Svihovec – 270, Headley – 85. Matt Osendorf – 5. Receiving (BC) Brady Senn – 73, Osendorf – 47, Headley – 18.