All of the area teams got their first taste of Friday night lights on Friday, Aug. 28, except for the Boling Bulldogs.

Boling was scheduled to play Fort Bend Christian Academy, but when the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) moved back its start date one month out of COVID-19  precautions, the week one game was canceled.

“It just feels weird not preparing to play somebody,” Boling senior lineman Tom Elliott said. “We’re working hard in practice and not playing somebody on Friday. That sweet release (after) working hard and not hitting somebody is a letdown, but we get to play next Friday and I’m happy about that.”

This year has been different for all schools, with only one scrimmage allowed under the University Interscholastic League (UIL) return to play guidance.

After Boling players getting a taste of real football in their scrimmage against the Industrial Cobras playing two real quarters, having that feeling again will have to wait a little longer.

The Bulldogs will go on the road to play the Van Vleck Leopards next Friday night.

“The excitement is building up,” Elliott said.

In the last couple of seasons, the Bulldogs have had a rough start, but each year offers the chance for a different path. With the hard work Boling has put in since the start of the strength and conditioning, they player have seen positives.

“We’ve got some good guys, a lot of heart this year,” Elliott said. “Everybody is (on the same page) to start the season and we’re pretty good.”

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