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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • FNL Preview - Brookfield Bulldogs v Highland Cougars

  • The Brookfield Bulldogs are 1-0 on the new season, having taken care of business against Clarence Cannon Conference opponent South Shelby at Burlington Field last week. The Dogs came out on fire offensively, but injuries tested the team’s depth and heart.
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  • The Brookfield Bulldogs are 1-0 on the new season, having taken care of business against Clarence Cannon Conference opponent South Shelby at Burlington Field last week. The Dogs came out on fire offensively, but injuries tested the team’s depth and heart.
    “We are very happy with the way we performed on Friday night,” said Head Coach Nile Thudium. “Obviously, we aren’t in very good condition, and that is going to be a focus this week at practice.”
    Coach Thudium continued:  “Depth was one of our assets going into last week, and now we are a little thin due to injuries. We are going to have to have a ‘next man up’ mentality as we go into this week. But overall, we are satisfied with a victory.”
    This week, the Dogs take to the road for another CCC battle with the Highland Cougars. Last season, the Cougars were 1-9, and ended their season against Bowling Green in the playoffs. The Dogs barely got past Highland last season, and hope not to have history repeat itself this year.
    Highland is 0-1 on the season, having lost 42-6 against CCC powerhouse Centralia last week.
    Offensively, the Cougars run the Spread, averaging 10.1 points per game last season. “They are a Spread offense,” said Coach Thudium. They will be running probably 80 percent pass and 20 percent run plays. Obviously, our defensive backs are going to have to play well this week. Our defensive line will need to be in the backfield, getting pressure on the quarterback.”
    Returning from last season for Highland are quarterback Austin Richmiller, lineman Greg Chillion, receiver Ricky Washington, and running back Ricky Washington.
    Defensively, the Cougars will run out of a base 4-3 set, with their coverage options being dictated by the Bulldogs offense at that time. “I suspect they will be in a 4-3 with a Cover Two or Cover Zero look,” said Coach Thudium. “They are very similar in scheme to what we faced against South Shelby. They will apply some pressure with their linebackers, which is something we saw South Shelby have some success with later in our game.”
    Coach Thudium continued:  “We are going to have to run the football. We can’t rely so much on the pass. I suspect they will set heavily on the pass. We cannot afford to make constly errors, and we had too many penalties last week. We cannot afford to start turning the ball over as well.”
    The Dogs take the long road to Ewing this week, as they prepare for another week of Clarence Cannon Conference football against Highland. Kickoff for this CCC road game is scheduled for 7 p.m. as of the writing of this preview.
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