East Bernard Brahmas (2-0) at Boling Bulldogs (1-0)
Friday, September 11, 2020 — 7:30 p.m. — Bulldog Stadium
The East Bernard Brahmas (2-0) face a familiar foe when they travel to Bulldog Stadium to take on their in-county rivals, the Boling Bulldogs (1-0) Friday night.
With the Brahmas’ win over Hitchcock, 29-12, East Bernard jumps from seven to six in the state rankings.
Boling’s first game of the year was last week, beating the Van Vleck Leopards 35-20.
Points last season were hard to come by for the Bulldogs, only scoring more than 20 points twice. However, to start the season, the Bulldogs got rolling.
Against Van Vleck, Boling accumulated 286 yards, including nearly 100 yards through the air (99 yards). Sophomore quarterback Jaxson Urbanek was efficient, completing 8-for-10 of his passes. The Boling ground game had 187 yards, with senior Blaise Hubenak gaining 79 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.
“For their first ball game, they looked like it was at least their third ball game,” East Bernard head coach Wade Bosse said. “They had a veteran look on offense and (it) has us concerned and working hard to deal with what they will bring to the table.”
East Bernard, so far, has been lights out in the second half of games this season, allowing just six points. Through two games, East Bernard has five takeaways. Senior Brennan Peloquin and junior Blake Jedlicka have combined for 38 tackles.
“I would like to see us come out better defensively (to start the game). It’s a work in progress,” Bosse said. “(We’re) still seeing (the) effects of what happened from the time we went to spring break and lost out on a lot. (We’re) working hard to see if we can get all that better, sooner than later.”
The Brahmas defense last season held Boling in check, limiting them to 117 total yards.
Boling’s defense allowed a yard shy of 450 yards to Van Vleck in the season opener. Despite allowing a lot of yards, the Bulldogs defense got stops when they had to. Boling had three turnovers in the game, recovering two fumbles and picking off a pass. They also stopped Van Vleck on three fourth-down tries. Bulldog sophomore Christian Montalvo led the team in tackles with five.
East Bernard’s offense in their game last season with Boling had 377 yards. The Bahamas had a right mix of offense with 152 yards in the air and 241 on the ground.
Every season teams change. East Bernard has been successful against Boling over the past few seasons. However, Boling this year has more experience with a heavy senior class.