The Boling Bulldogs missed the playoffs last season and right out of the gate to open up non-district play in 2019 they’re going on the road Friday, Aug. 30 to play the Van Vleck Leopards, who made it to the regional round of the Class 3A postseason. 

Boling may have won two games last season, but only one team scored more than 25 points against the Leopards and that was the Bulldogs. 

“They’re fast off the ball,” BHS senior wide receiver and inside linebacker Carlos Olmedo said recalling the match up between the two teams last year.

Van Vleck’s offense was something that stung the Bulldogs last season as it scored 40 points.

“You’re going to see a lot of speed as usual. They’ve got guys all over the field that can run,” Boling Head Coach Kevin Urbanek said. “They’re going to spread it out and (run) and pass out of it.”

For the Bulldogs to prepare for non-district play they got to scrimmage against Brookshire Royal and West Columbia two weeks ago. This past Thursday night, Aug. 22, the Bulldogs got to really test themselves against Brazos as they had the opportunity to play two-quarters of football. 

“We were focused physically and mentally (against Brazos) and we got the job done,” Olmedo said. “(This week) the focus has to stay at practice. If we come together as one we’ll be fine.”

Heading into the year, Boling is in a position it hasn’t been in season’s past. After missing the playoffs in 2018, Boling was picked to finish on the outside looking in, according to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine. “We’re just ready to go out there and prove everybody wrong,” Olmedo said. 

Added Urbanek: “Since we started Aug. 5, this group has given nothing but effort and are focused at practice. There is not a lot of jacking around, they’re there to get better at practice and meetings. You can just tell that’s a focused group of kids, hopefully, that carries over to a Friday night.”

For Boling, the key will be trying to limit the Leopards speed and not give up extra yards on missed tackles. 

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