The Boling Bulldogs (1-0) had to wait an extra week to play their first football game. The wait turned out to be worth it winning their first game of the season.
Boling will get a big test in week three with its rivalry game against the East Bernard Brahmas (2-0) at Bulldog Stadium Friday, Sept. 11.
Points last season were hard to come by for the Bulldogs, only scoring more than 20 points twice. That wasn’t the case in their first game of 2020, as the Bulldogs got to stretch their legs offensively while their defense closed the door in a 35-20 win over the Van Vleck Leopards (0-2).
The Bulldogs’ offense in their game with Van Vleck accumulated 286 yards, including nearly 100 yards through the air (99 yards). Sophomore quarterback Jaxson Urbanek was efficient as he completed 8-of-10 passes. The Boling ground game had 187 yards, with senior Blaise Hubenak gaining 79 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.
Their offense will meet a tough East Bernard defense. The Brahmas might not be the same defense that held teams under 10 points a game last season, but they’re still going to fly to the football. East Bernard, so far, has been “lights-out” in the second half of games, allowing just six points. Through two games, East Bernard has five takeaways. Senior Brennan Peloquin and junior Blake Jedlicka have been tackle machines with 38 tackles between them.
The Bulldogs’ defense knows the East Bernard offense all too well. While the running back names change over the course of time, the offensive style stays the same. Nine different Brahmas have rushed the ball this season, but most of the yards have come from senior Devin Chapman who has accounted for 250 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries.
Boling against Van Vleck allowed 377 yards of offense, but the defense held up with three takeaways and three fourth-down stands. The Bulldogs’ first score of the game came on a fumble recovery in the end zone.
The game with East Bernard is always a tough match-up. With it being Boling’s second game of the year, the game will give the Bulldogs a chance to learn a lot more about themselves and see how much farther they have to go before district.