As the game with the Dumas Demons moved along last Friday, it was hard not to notice a little bit of frustration creeping into the Borger Bulldogs sideline in their 20-12 loss to send them to 1-3 for the season.
Through three quarters, the Bulldog offense struggled to get much going which led to the defense spending a lot of time out on the field.
Fortunately in the fourth quarter, the Bulldog passing game got into a rhythm by going 9-14 for 90 yards that included having a potential game tying drive with about four minutes to go in the game. But the comeback just was not in the cards and now the Bulldogs find themselves needing to get over Friday’s frustration in order to look ahead to Friday’s game with the Graham Steers at Bulldog Stadium.
After giving up 129 yards of offense to Dumas in the first quarter, the Bulldog defense tightened up and limited the Demons to just 80 yards of total offense the remainder of the game.
A great defensive effort is going to be one of the big keys for the Bulldogs on Friday due to a couple offensive starters expected not to suit up on Friday night.
Graham enters Friday night with a 1-2 record and coming of a bye week.
After beating Mineral Wells to open the season, the Steers lost back to back games against Brownwood and Abilene Wylie.
In an interview with the Graham Leader, Steers Head Coach Kenny Davidson said the bye week has allowed his team to heal up and spend a lot of time focusing on fundamentals that the team was lacking in their two losses.
Offensively, the Steers will try to spread the field and a have a couple of good playmakers capable of making big plays, led by seniors quarterback Layne Bynum, receiver Josh Gallaway and running back Errik Ortiz.
Senior linebacker Ty Sallee leads the Steers’ defense, where he has 32 tackles and five assists for the season.
Going into Friday, there are several similarities between the Bulldogs and Steers including both picked as favorites to win their districts but getting off to slow starts against some good teams this season.
For the past several years, the Steers can be considered as one of the better region one football programs in Class 3A. However, the Bulldogs proved last season they can play with Graham with the junior varsity giving the Steers their only loss in the 2010 season in an exciting game in Wellington, while the varsity game proved to be a tough defensive battle with the Steers hanging on for the win in Graham.
Kickoff between Graham and Borger is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.