Bulldogs, Cowboys stage test of running quarterbacks

Killdeer’s defense was able to control the Roughriders a week ago. The defense will face its toughest test so far this season when they travel to Bowman Friday. File photo

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After knocking off previously undefeated Southern McLean Sept. 6 by a lopsided margin, the Cowboys now will be facing an even bigger challenge.

Killdeer will be traveling to Bowman County High School Friday to battle one of the top Region 7 teams and also one of the top A Division teams in the state. A year ago, the Bulldogs lost by three points in the state playoff semifinals to the eventual champions from Langdon-Edmore-Munich.

The Bulldogs finished with a 10-1 record.

This year, the team already has one loss.

Like Killdeer, the Bulldogs will enter the game with a 1-1 season record. Bowman County narrowly lost its opener to the second-ranked team in the state – Oakes. The Bulldogs rallied in the second half from a 17-0 deficit to nearly pull off a comeback in the final minutes before falling by a 28-20 margin.

Just a week ago, the Bulldogs tore apart the Trinity Titans by a 35-7 margin.

The Titan defenders could not come with an answer to their biggest problem… How to stop the Bulldogs’ quarterback, Jacob Svihovec.

Svihovec tore up the Titans for more than 350 yards in total offense. He finished the game with 260 yards rushing and passing for another 126 yards through the air. In the first half alone, Svihovec rushed for more than 200 yards.

In addition, Svihovec picked off a Trinity pass at the three yard line to end one of the few drives that the Titans could muster in the second half.

But, the Bulldog quarterback also helped Trinity score its only touchdown, thanks to an errant pass in the first half.

Bowman County held a 14-0 lead when he tossed a pass to linebacker Seth Herner who ran in for the pick-six and cut the lead to 14-7.

The Bulldogs responded with a three-play drive where Svihovec romped for a 54-yard gain which set up teammate Brody Headley for a 12-yard score in the second quarter.

Bowman County upped the lead to 28-7 in the final minute of the first half when their quarterback scored on a 70-yard keeper.

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