Q. What did you think of the game?
Anytime you beat your archrival the first game, it’s a good way to start the season.
Q. 28-6 didn’t look bad.
No, I thought the defense played well at times. They got a big scoring play on us on a screen pass early in the game. I was looking at the stats and they only got four first downs to 17 for us. Anytime you do that, you’ve got a chance to win.
Q. We didn’t do much on passing, but we did a bunch on the ground.
We didn’t need to throw it much, so consequently we didn’t. We were 0 for 3 attempts.
Q. You had a two point conversion that was a pass.
Because it was an extra point it is scored differently.
Q. What did you think about the white hat blowing the whistle early a couple of times costing us two touchdowns?
Well, kind of like the kids, you know, the first game you make some mistakes. He talked to me after the game and apologized on a couple of calls. I thought this crew of officials did a good job of letting the kids play. We had one penalty to five of theirs. I think four of their penalties were off sides/ illegal motion.
Q. Tell me more about how they played.
Offensively we liked the way that we moved the football at times. We’ve got a lot of room to improve, but I thought the offense was poised. We had the one fumble on a snap but that was the only turnover. That’s good for the first game.
From the Red & Black scrimmage to the Jamboree to the first game, we have gotten better controlling the football. Defensively, I sure liked the way we attacked and got after them. I think we had four sacks and five tackles for losses. Anytime you can do that, you have a chance to win.
Q. I saw that Miller blew out their opponents. We played dead even with Miller, didn’t we?
We did. They have a good football team, a lot of seniors back. I wouldn’t se surprised to see them make it quite a ways in the playoffs this year?
Q. You think we might?
Well, our next five games are going to be extremely difficult. We’ve got Knob Noster this week. These games we don’t match up very well. Size-wise, we match up to Knob Noster. We are as strong as they are. We are as big as they are. But we are not nearly as fast as they are. That really showed up on tape when we watched them play Versailles. They scored 39 points against Versailles. All six of them were plays over 60 yards, one of them a 90 some yard kickoff return. Anytime you see that big of plays on film, you realize they have a lot of speed. If we let those kids get loose, we don’t have anybody on the team that can catch them. It’s going to be difficult for us.
But we will get after it starting tonight (Monday) and get game plan together and see if we can’t keep them from making those big plays.
Q. The team looked proud holding up the Cedar Bowl trophy.
Yes, they were excited. We have a lot of young kids. That was a big win for the kids. It’s going to help their confidence. It’s going to help us get better this week.
We play Knob Noster here at 7 p.m. Friday night.
If you look at the next five games. Knob Noster made the playoff last year. Clinton made the playoff last year. Nevada did not. Higginsville went to the state championship game last year. Our next five games are going to be extremely difficult. If we can stay healthy and play smart football, who knows?
We appreciate all the people who came over and supported us in the Cedar County Bowl and look forward to Friday night’s game against Knob Noster. Hope we see a big crowd.
Q. And no rain or do you want rain?
Wouldn’t mind a little bit. Any time you play a faster team, let’s slow the track down. Our watering system may accidentally kick on.
DUBOIS AROUND THE END – James Dubois, No. 2, listed as Bulldog quarterback, carried seven times for 62 yards. He was taken out of bounds early in the game on an end around.
LAST TD – With 18 seconds left in the game, Bulldog Running Back Tanner Hixson (No. 37) got loose for a dive across the south Stockton goal line for his second TD of the game. On the first one, he fooled the entire Stockton team getting into the north end zone before they or the Sun photographer or the Stockton videographer knew what was happening. A few plays later, Hixson got to the Tiger quarterback a split second after the ball did as he picked up the quarterback and laid him on his back.