The Bulldogs went to Belfield and took a bite out of the Cougars. A big bite. In one of the most lopsided victories this season, Bowman County took care of Heart River in a 51-6 victory on their home field thanks in part to a five touchdown game by sophomore Brody Headley.
By Cole Benz
Bowman County opened the week up moving back into the coach’s poll at No. 5.
Against the Cougars on Friday, Sept. 27, it took a few possessions to get the scoring going, but when it did, the Bulldogs broke open the floodgates.
Senior quarterback Jacob Svihovec started it off with a 69-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Matthew Osendorf.
“It was a really good ball,” head coach Todd Frie said.
The Bulldogs got the ball back quickly though when senior Jaxson Fisher tipped a Cougar pass, with junior Colby Schaaf grabbing the interception who took it all the way down to the 1-yard line.
“That’s a pretty short field to start with,” Frie said.
Headley took the handoff and crossed the goal line for the first of his five scores. Fischer missed the extra point, putting the Dawgs up 13-0.
Working on a short field again, Headley converted another 1-yard run for the third Bulldog touchdown of the game.
Headley would have three more scores, two by rushing and one through the air, before the half. Joining in on the scoring party was Svihovec who scampered for a 52-yard score, and Schaaf who ran the ball one yard for his touchdown.
“Brody, he’s a difference maker for us,” Frie told the Pioneer. “He’s young still, he’s only a sophomore, and he obviously plays a significant role in all parts of our game”
Headley didn’t have his biggest yardage game, only 39 yards on 12 carries, but Frie said he did his job when it came to getting the ball into the endzone.
When the second half started, the Bulldogs had a commanding 51-0 lead.
The lone Cougar score happened in the third quarter, when Hear River quarterback threw a 46-yard pass to his receiver.
Frie was able to sub in some of his younger players in the second half, when there was a running game clock, allowing them to get some varsity experience as Frie continues to build the program, he said. That squad only gave up the one score.
“They gave up one score,” he said. “They did a good job.”
In spite of the final line score of the game, Frie said he still had things to work on with his team. They were already looking at game film on the ride back to Bowman late Friday night.
“Obviously we’re proud of the kids, and [we’re] happy with the outcome,” he said. “But we know that we have bigger goals in front of us still this season. For us to play meaningful games in October like we want to, we have to take care of September, and we did that.”
One of their biggest tests this season will happen on their home field on Friday, October 4 when they face Shiloh Christian. This is the first year Shiloh Christian is competing in the single A division of football, having moved up from 9-man.
“We got to have a good game plan in place for them,” Frie said. “I think we as a staff are working towards doing that. If we shut the run game down we’ll be in business next Friday.”
GAME STATS — Passing: Svihovec (7-13-237, 2TD). Rushing: Colby Schaaf (20-115, TD), Svihovec (3-56 TD), B. Headley (12-39, 4TD). Receiving: M. Osendorf (2-106, TD), Clay Heimer (4-79), B. Headley (1-52 TD).