On Friday night, the Borger Bulldogs hope to get their first win of the season when they take on the Bushland Falcons at 7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium.
After falling 63-49 to Amarillo Caprock last Thursday, the Bulldogs find themselves experiencing some deja vu of last season when they held a 0-2 record going into the Bushland game.
Despite the 0-2 record, Borger Head Coach Rusty Purser believes his team has a lot of confidence and is not worrying about its win-loss record, saying, “The greatest thing about young guys, is that they are just excited about getting back out there and proving themselves. There is not much pressure on them, and the strong leadership that we have has created a great atmosphere to respond and improve. Every day is a new opportunity to get better, and that is how this team is approaching each day of practice.”
The Caprock game was exciting to watch for fans, as the Bulldogs rallied from a 28-7 deficit to tie the game, leading the teams to go back and forth before the Longhorns took advantage of a couple of Bulldog miscues to hang on for the win.
On the Bulldogs’ comeback to tie the game, Purser said, “I told the guys that I was very proud of them for never quitting. The only time our sideline showed any sign of let down was in the first half when things started rolling for Caprock. When we were able to answer with our second score, and then hold them right before half, we felt that we had gained some momentum.” Purser added, “Coming out at halftime we knew we needed another stop, and then a score and that was what we got. After that it was just back and forth, and we made too many mistakes down the line.”
The Bulldogs’ offense played well racking up 529 yards. However, the team gave up 571 yards to Caprock, including 481 yards passing.
Purser understands the teams’ passing defense is an area that needs improvement. The coach said injuries played a factor against Caprock but he has confidence that his secondary will get better, saying, “We had to make a lot of changes last week due to injury, some before the game, and some during. That in itself created some difficult situations for us to overcome, but also continued that growth that will allow us to be a very good football team down the road.”
Bushland enters Friday’s contest with a 2-0 record that includes a 28-14 win over Perryton last Friday.
Sophomore quarterback Taylor Cornelius leads the Falcons’ spread attack that features a couple of good playmakers at receiver in Dreagan Patterson and Josh McGuire and in the backfield with running back Gerald Reyna.
Defensively, the Falcons have a couple of playmakers led by Patterson. But the unit has given up an average of 366 yards against Perryton and Stratford, so the Bulldogs should be able to move the ball and put points on the scoreboard.
Purser understands the challenge Bushland will give to the Bulldogs, saying, “Bushland will again challenge our secondary, and they appear to be a very good football team. They are playing well right now, and Coach Flowers has created a refreshed excitement for them. We will have to show great improvement defensively, and we will need to play a much cleaner game with regards to penalties and turnovers.”