The Brookfield Bulldogs open the season at Center for the second time in as many seasons, and a Clarence Cannon Conference showdown with the Mark Twain Tigers. The Dogs won in a blowout last season, but cannot rest on past laurels.
“Mark Twain is very big up front on offense,” said Head Coach Nile Thudium. “They have a very talented quarterback, a big fullback, a hard-running tailback, and a wide receiver and a tight end who can catch the football. They will align in the I formation and will play smash-mouth football.”
The Dogs young offense will be tested by the Tigers pressure this Friday night. “Defensively they will align in a 4-4,” said Coach Thudium. “We expect them to bring a lot of pressure.”
“It will be important for us to get off to a fast start offensively this week,” said Coach Thudium. “With an inexperienced offensive line, we need to be able to rely on our defense to hold in case of any mistakes we make this week.”
Coach Thudium continued: “It will be important that we not underestimate our opponent, and we show up ready to play at a high level.”
The Dogs will be without senior Marcus Liebhart this week, who suffered a patella injury at the Jamboree, and is out for a couple of weeks. “The Doctors think he will be fine in a couple of weeks,” said Coach Thudium. “They believe his ligaments are structurally sound.”