Bulldogs close out region play against Bobcats

Published 3:00 am Friday, October 20, 2017

Pike County is locked into their spot in the region standings, but the Bulldogs are determined to finish things on a high note with a win over Beulah tonight on the road.

“We talk about finishing up the region the right way,” said head coach Fred Holland. “It’s about getting better. Players understand it and coaches understand it. We take a lot of pride in it and it shows in our practice and preparation.”

After picking up a win last Friday over Prattville Christian Academy, the Bulldogs hit the practice field with energy.

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“It’s been a good week,” Holland said. “We are coming off a pretty good win last week. We are steadily getting better and looking better. We have had some guys that were a little banged up that are starting to get healthy.”

The Bulldogs will travel northeast about two hours to play a 2-5 Bobcat team that is in the midst of a three-game losing streak. They have also lost five out of their last six games.

Last year, the Bulldogs made easy work of the Bobcats, defeating them 34-7.

“We expect them to come out and play hard,” Holland said. “It’s a road game and it definitely helps us to be able to play on the road and face a little adversity at times. We feel like Beulah will come out and try and spread us out, run the ball and maybe throw the ball on us some. They (will) stack the deck on defense and try to come get us.”

Holland expects to get a key player back for this game. On September 22 in a game against Southside Selma, quarterback Jaidyn Wilson had to leave the game with a knee injury. Four weeks later, Holland expects him to be back in a limited role tonight.

“I am pretty sure he will play some,” Holland said. “I think we will gradually move him back in.”

When in the game, Holland said Wilson brings a lot to the table.

“He brings a lot of confidence,” Holland said. “The guys believe in him. He believes in himself. He has a great upside has far as the things he can do. Him being in the huddle, talking to them I practice and out of practice is very important because he provides a lot of leadership for the guys.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium in Valley.