Bulldogs close out regular season against Sweet Water

Published 7:16 pm Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Pike County Bulldogs held their last regular season practice on a wet and cold Thursday afternoon. Despite beginning the postseason next Friday night, the Bulldogs practiced on Thursday like it was the first practice heading into the season.

The Bulldogs will close out the regular season on Friday night against Sweet Water.

“It’s our last regular season game,” head coach Fred Holland said. “Under the circumstances, I thought our guys were working pretty good. We are trying to get ready for Sweet Water. We know It’s going to be a tough, physical football game. It was a tough game last year. I’m hoping we have a lot of success.”

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Sweet Water handed the Bulldogs one of their two losses last season. Holland believes that loss will motivate his players when they run on the field on Friday night.

“It’s a big deal for us,” Holland said. “We want to go into the playoffs and continue on a high note and not have any let downs. We’re staying focused on the small things.”

Last year was the only meeting between the two schools. Playing an unfamiliar opponent could be beneficial for the Bulldogs as they head into the postseason.

“It’s a good thing because they do a lot of things that make them successful,” Holland said. “You can’t take them for granted. It’s almost like a playoff atmosphere. They’re undefeated and they have scored a lot of points. It’s not a week off. It’s a tough opponent and it gets us ready for the playoffs.”

Like a lot of the Bulldogs’ opponents, Sweet Water will spend a lot of time running the football on Friday night.

“They are going to run out of the Wing-T,” Holland said. “They are going to attack you with the run. They do a good job at throwing the ball within 10 to 15 yards. They have some good backs and good receivers. Defensively, they’ll probably try to prevent us running the ball like they did last year. Hopefully this year we wont’ have so many penalties on the long runs and we’ll be able to capitalize and get the ball into the end zone.”

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.