Bulldogs travel to play Trinity

Published 5:45 pm Thursday, September 17, 2020

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The Pike County Bulldogs waited longer than anyone locally to get their 2020 season started. It was worth the wait as the Bulldogs knocked off Dadeville 60-14 last Friday night.  They look to carry over that momentum on Friday when they travel to Montgomery to take on Trinity.

The Bulldogs, like other teams have been forced to alter their practice schedule this week thanks to Hurricane Sally.

“We have had to deal with the rain the last couple of days and yesterday (Wednesday) we were off,” head coach Fred Holland said. “We are doing our best and the players are excited to get back on the field. We were glad to have another day to get ready for Trinity.”

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After a long process of getting back on the field heading into the season, Holland was impressed with how his players responded last Friday.

“I’m extremely proud of the players playing so hard and the coaches coaching so well,” Holland said. “It was a long process getting there with everything we have had to deal with. We are trying to stay to stay consistent and get better on offense, defense and special teams.”

The Bulldogs did many things well in last Friday night’s win over Dadeville. Among the best was the performance of their running back. Led by running back ZaKevin Pennington, who rushed for five first half touchdowns, the running game had Dadeville’s defense playing on their heels all night.

“Our offensive line is kind of our strong point and they are working really well with each other,” Holland said. “We made a couple of adjustments and moved some people around. It really helped. ZaKevin has done a really good job at pushing himself and he is a hard worker. The work the offensive line did really showed and that had a lot to do with ZaKevin’s performance. Hopefully that will continue.”

Trinity has already played in four games this season. They enter Friday night with a 3-1 record and are coming off a 50-7 win over Beulah. In their only other home game, Trinity defeated Goshen 47-6.

“They are a very good team,” Holland said. “They have steadily improved and made some adjustments. They do a good job of running the ball and passing the ball. Defensively they’re probably be in the 5-2. They do a good job on both sides of the ball. We have our work cut out for us playing on the road.”

The two teams last met in 2013. Pike County got the better of the Wildcats, winning 21-14.