Bulldogs head to Slocomb to battle Red Tops
Published 3:00 am Friday, October 16, 2015
The Pike County Bulldogs had their shutout streak snapped a week ago, but this week they will try to extend the only streak that matters – their winning streak – when the travel to play the Slocomb Red Tops later this evening.
The Bulldogs (4-0, 6-0) had their toughest test to date a week ago when they played Wicksburg, defeating the Panthers 47-8. This week’s test may be a little tougher.
“We have really been working on getting better on offense, defense and special teams,” said head coach Fred Holland. “We are just trying to get better like we always do. It is something we take a lot of pride in and we continue to do each week.”
Slocomb (3-1, 5-2) like Wicksburg will challenge the Bulldog defense. The Red Tops have averaged 27 points per game this season and have done most of their damage in the last two weeks, defeating Abbeville 45-18 and Dale County 42-8.
“One thing about Slocomb is that they are a really good football team,” Holland said. “We are going to have our work cut out for us Friday night. We are going to have a tough time trying to stop their offense. We need to continue to do what we do best. They will present us a lot of problems when it comes to their size.”
Slocomb’s size will provide the Bulldogs with another challenge and Holland hopes his team’s athleticism and quickness will offset the challenge.
“They are big on the offensive and defensive side of the ball,” Holland said. “They do a good job at controlling the ball and playing good defense. It’s going to be tall task for us to be able to go down to Slocomb and try to get a victory.”
Holland said one thing that stuck out in last week’s victory over the Panthers was penalties for the Bulldogs. Pike County had numerous penalties that wiped away touchdowns a week ago including some on personal foul calls.
“We just need to be sharp and not make mistakes or lose focus,” Holland said. “It is something that we have addressed this week and hopefully with all the work that we have put in we can eliminate some of those things.”
Pike County leads the all-time series with the Red Tops having won seven out of the 11 meetings including last year when they beat Slocomb 36-20.
Pike County and Slocomb kick things off at 7 p.m. at Red Top Stadium in Slocomb.