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Bulldogs trounce Honkers to advance to the quarterfinals

The air was cold, but the Dawgs stayed hot. With temperatures hovering at just under freezing, the Bowman County Bulldogs won handily 52-0 against the Honkers from Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central.

By Cole Benz
For The Pioneer

Bowman County got two touchdowns on their first two plays from scrimmage. After receiving the opening kickoff, senior Jacob Svihovec pitched it to senior Matt Osendorf, who took it 60 yards for the score. The second came on a 50-yard reception by junior receiver Caleb Duffield after the Bulldogs forced a three-and-out on their first chance on offense.

Before anyone had a chance to refill their coffee and hot chocolate, the Bulldogs had amassed 33 points, while holding their opponent scoreless, in less than three minutes.

Duffield had three touchdowns on the day.  Osendorf had two scores, and Svihovec, sophomore Brody Headley, and junior Colby Schaff each had a rushing touchdown.

Head coach Todd Frie said a key component in their offensive success was, in part, because of the game film analyzed by he and his coaching staff. But the film sessions revealed the Honkers had many facets to their game, and Frie said that they needed to be prepared for many different plays and formations.

“We didn’t really know what to expect,” Frie said. “They had some tendencies that we thought they would do, you know, they ran a lot of different things that we had to prepare for almost anything.”

Wind was a huge factor all game for both teams. The speeds were topping out around 30 mph, and dictated how they executed their game play.

“It’s a factor when you’re preparing for a game,” Frie said. “When we’re into the wind, you’re going to play more aggressive defensively because it’s a good chance for good field position if you can hold them deep.”

The wind was so strong that one of senior Jaxson Fischer’s extra point attempts seemed to hover in midair as it fought against the breeze.

But with the luxury of a heavy lead, Frie and his staff were able to sub in many of their junior varsity players, giving them some valuable varsity playoff experience.

“[It] was really a good learning opportunity, a good experience for every guy on our team,” Frie said.

To go along with their high powered offense, the Bulldogs also had a strong showing on the defensive side of the ball. The Honkers were held to just 38 yards. Honkers’ quarterback Andrew Christensen threw for 67 yards, but the Dawgs forced Kenmare-Bowbells- Burke Central to lose 29 rushing yards on the day.

With the win the Bulldogs move into the quarterfinals where they will host the Bishop Ryan Lions on Saturday, Nov. 2 in Bowman.

They’ve already started to scout their future opponent.

“We get going on it right away,” Frie said.

The Lions entered the postseason with 9-1 record. Their only loss came against the No. 1 team in the state Velva, a contest decided by just eight points.

“They’ve got a lot of strengths,” Frie said. “That’s a really good football team that’s coming down here next Saturday.”

The 10-day forecast shows a partly cloudy day with a high temperature of 45 degrees

GAME STATS — Passing: J. Svihovec (8-10, 192 yds, 5TD). Rushing: J. Svihovec (4-84yds, 1TD); C. Scaff (14-84yds, 1TD); B. Headley (6-58yds, 1TD); S. Andrews (6-9yds); J. LeFlamme (6-yds). Receiving: M. Osendorf (4-94yds, 2TD), Duffield (3-94yds, 3TD), C. Heimer (1-4yds).

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