The Altus Bulldogs, with a record of 7-1, will put their stronghold of second place in District standings on the line tonight.
The Bulldogs biggest arch rival, the Duncan Demons, will travel here to battle the Bulldogs inside The Rock at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
Altus is coming off of a very impressive road victory over a stout Ardmore team last Friday. For the second week in a row, the Bulldogs will have to play in sloppy conditions. For the second week in a row, the Bulldogs will also face a very tough challenge.
Duncan is 4-4 on the year. However, they did hammer the teams they were supposed to hammer. The teams they were supposed to battle in tight contests decided late. They have come up short in those games, all except one. Duncan opened the season with a win over Guthrie. This is the team that ousted the Bulldogs from playoffs a year ago. Guthrie has only given up 86 points all year for an average of 12.3 per game.
Duncan managed to get 28 of those 86 points on Guthrie in that first game. Guthrie’s only other loss came at the hands of McGuiness 20-3. McGuiness is 6-2 on the year.
Guthrie is second in 5A in points allowed. For Duncan to get one-third of those points in one game is impressive. Duncan’s losses were to Shawnee, Carl Albert, Del City and MacArthur. Duncan has a very balanced attack. They average 196 yards on the ground and 177 yards passing per game.
“I believe our field will hold up fine,” said Coach Reed. “Duncan is a very dangerous team. Their record is misleading.”
The Bulldogs ran over Ardmore last week in the rain like they were a scout team defense. Sloppy conditions or not, the Bulldogs offense is clicking. It appears to be stronger every week. There is a familiar rhythm to the pace of Altus’ games. Familiar back to last year.
The mark of any great team istheir ability to get better each and every week. The Bulldogs have proven for the second straight year under coach Reed’s guidance that this is something that they can accomplish.
The Bulldogs are on pace to, or extremely close to, setting several more all-time Altus football records.
Two records to keep in mind tonight, and the coming weeks, are the team total offense and team rushing yards per game averages.
The Bulldogs current total yards per game average record is 390 set in 1971 by the state champions running the wishbone.
The 2015 Bulldogs average 446.5 yards per game.
The Bulldogs current record for average rushing yards per game is 319.4 set in 1995 by the Sedric Jones/Julius McMillan bunch. The 2015 Bulldogs are averaging a staggering 374 yards per contest.
I doubt rain will do much to keep either of these records from being obliterated by this year’s group.
See ya at the game.
GO BULLDOGS !!
Reach Brad Gilbert@482-1221 ext. 2076