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Bulldogs face off against undefeated Newton on Friday


By Albert Trevino

After a hard-fought comeback win on the road last week, the Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs will face their biggest challenge of the season this Friday against the undefeated Newton Eagles. At the start of the season, Bulldog head coach Seven Armstrong described Newton as the "Class of the district" and might now consider them "Class of the state" based on their play so far. The undefeated Eagles are scoring an average of 54 points per game, which includes 71-8 and 58-0 blowout wins against district opponents Crockett and Garrison. Armstrong knows his team will need to play some of their best football and rely on game management in order to prevent a similar fate at home this Friday. "We've got our hands full this week, but it's the same as always. We're just trying to get better at what we do" said Armstrong. "We have to make plays when we have the opportunity. Just like last week, we have to keep their offense off the field, make sure we move the ball, keep the clock running and try to control the game. That's our chance this week." The Eagles' run-dominant offense will be led by junior quarterback Josh Foster who is known for also looking down field when the opportunity comes. Newton will utilize a rotation of backs, including junior Darwin Barlow who ran for 207 yards and scored three touchdowns last week against Garrison. Other backs include Eagle junior running back Tamauzia Brown, sophomore Valdarion Fowler and sophomore Kevin Watson. "They are fairly mixed offensively, a little heavier on the run than pass, but they are kind of a big-play offense when they go to throw the football, and we have to eliminate the big play there." Armstrong said. Conditioning will also be key on Friday as Newton will have a fresh set of players upfront on defense to test the Bulldogs' strength on the run attack. This includes senior defensive end Bryson Thomas, junior defensive tackle Galen Kellum and junior defensive end Seth Craft. "It's going to be a physical football game and they have a bunch of kids playing." said Armstrong. "They will have 11 fresh bodies on the field on defense and 11 different ones on offense. That's why we have to control — the clock and the game, shortening it as much as we can." The Bulldogs are looking for their second district win in order to earn a playoff spot next month. Friday's matchup will take place at Bulldog Stadium with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.


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