Bulldogs battle Wolves in big District 1-3A showdown

Tomorrow night, the 3A “King of the Texas Panhandle” will be determined when the Borger Bulldogs travel north to take on the Dalhart Golden Wolves in a big District 1-3A showdown.Both the Bulldogs and Wolves are coming off impressive district opener wins, setting the stage for what should ultimately decide who will win the District 1-3A title.The Bulldogs looked impressive last week in their 31-6 win over the Pampa Harvesters.From the defense doing a great job shutting down the Harvesters’ offense to the offensive line opening lanes leading to the rushing attack gaining over 300 yards, there wasn’t much the Bulldogs’ coaching staff could complain about over the weekend.Borger Head Football Coach Rusty Purser was very pleased with the effort of his team, saying, “The most motivating factor was the intensity that we played with for 48 minutes. With the exception of the one breakdown that allowed the lone Pampa run, our kids were very focused throughout the night. We went into the game with a great deal of confidence, and that grew as the night carried on. I want to say that it was as close to a complete game as we have put together all year, and the best thing is we know that we can play even better.”Senior running back Ty Brown returned to the field, after missing several games with an injury, and showed why he is considered to be one of the best running backs in West Texas by rushing for 284 yards and three touchdowns.As good as Brown looked, the Bulldog coaching staff did a good job making sure the running back was good to go by keeping him loose on an exercise bike during the game.However at this point, Purser said the key for Brown is getting him back to game shape, saying, “Honestly the leg is nearly 100%. At this point it is more about getting him back into game shape since he has really only played in two games this season, and that was back at the first of September. After that long of time, it was basically like starting over, so we will progress just like we would have in week two or three.”Tomorrow night, the Wolves enter the game with an impressive 7-1 record with the lone loss coming against a good Seminole team in late September.Anyone that has seen the Wolves in recent years knows they are a team built on decent size who likes to run the ball and play aggressive defense.According to Purser, the Wolves are using the same formula in 2011, but added, “They are a very solid football team, and they have played very well throughout the year. One very important aspect for Dalhart has been their ability to force turnovers. Last week vs. Perryton, they turned a fumble and an interception into 14 points in the second quarter, and never looked back. They are very good at making opposing offenses and special teams conscious about taking care of the football.”Seniors Devonte Burks and Noah Schniederjan lead a solid groups of skill position players for the Wolves, while Channing Allen and Tyler Smith lead the defense at the linebacker position.The last two years, the Borger vs Dalhart game as been a defensive battle where the Bulldogs were able to find a way to come away with a win.In losing in back-to-back close games, expect the Wolves ready to come out focused wanting to put themselves in the driver’s seat to claim the district title on their new field.But if the Bulldogs take care of the football and continue to build on the last two games, their overall speed advantage could prove to be the difference and give the team a nice win on the road.Kickoff between the Bulldogs and Golden Wolves is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Dalhart.