The White Hall Bulldogs will kick off the 2019 football season at 7 p.m. Friday inside Bulldog Stadium against the Dumas Bobcats.
The Bulldogs are coming off of a solid effort against the Malvern Leopards in a scrimmage game held on Aug. 22nd. Head coach Bobby Bolding said his team played hard in the scrimmage.
“I thought we played hard and thought we competed,” said Bolding. “We made a lot of mistakes, but we played hard. That is the biggest thing that came out of that.”
“Just the knowledge and understanding of what we are trying to do on both sides of the ball,” said Bolding. “We’re not where we want to be in terms of being physical, and a lot of that is because we are having to think, and we aren’t able to just play right now. I thought we did a fairly good job of tackling against Malvern. We are going to find that out pretty quick against Dumas with those skill guys they’ve got. We are going to have to be good tacklers defensively. Staying with blocks, our offensive line came off of the ball, but we had a lot of mental mistakes against Malvern. Hopefully we have cleaned some of that up. We are going to have to play fast and be very physical up front.”
The Dumas Bobcats fell to the Rison Wildcats in their scrimmage game, but Bolding said that the Bulldogs will have to play sound football to earn a victory.
“We are going to have to tackle their tailback and hem that quarterback up,” said Bolding. “We can’t let him run all over the place on us. We are going to have to compete in the secondary on some deep balls. They have an impressive kid (D.J. Russell) at receiver. We need to try to make them as one dimensional as possible.”
Bolding said his offense is going to have to give consistent production as well.
“Offensively their defensive tackle (Demarion Randolph) has been impressive to us,” Bolding said. “We are going to have to do a good job staying with blocks, and hopefully our conditioning can help us in the second half.”
Bolding said that he has noticed an improvement with conditioning the team has today compared to the spring when he took over as head coach.
“We are in pretty good shape,” said Bolding. “We are still going to get tired. It is early in the year and the heat has just been oppressive. It wears you out and it zaps their legs. We are not at a point where we can take days off or reduce what we are doing. We are still trying to learn, so we are just going to have to suck it up and play through it.”