Bulldogs Find new Life in 3A After Convincing win Over ‘Cats
October 24, 2018
Week eight of the South Central League was a big one for the Bulldogs. A win against Pueblo Central in the annual Bell Game would not only keep the bell at Centennial but also keep them in the hunt for 16-team, 3A playoffs. Coach touched on a few reasons why the win was made possible to happen last week “A huge thing that helped us settle in last week was the fact that we treated it like a normal week”. Last Friday night, the ‘Dogs did just that in convincing fashion, coming away with a 24-12 win to improve their record to 4-4 and 1-2 in the SCL. Coach Wilkerson noted the downsides of coming off a big game stating that, “There is a lag coming between weeks, we look to cure that on Monday as we know playoffs are a real thing at this point”.
The next two weeks mean a lot to this team, which looks to have found its groove at the right time. The ‘Dogs currently sit at No. 21 in the CHSAA RPI standings, while their next opponent, Pueblo South, sits at No. 14, and their following opponent, Pueblo County, sits at No. 23. Although the Colts are 3-5 this year they have proven themselves to the RPI committee and a win against them would make a big-time statement for the Bulldogs. In regard to the South game on Friday, Wilkerson said, “We’re not going to do anything different, tighten up our technique a little more and play them tough.”
County may sit lower in the standings than Centennial but this team has certainly proven they’re no walk in the park to beat. Staying in games with (4A No. 8) Pueblo West and (3A No. 5) Harrison. So for the Bulldogs to ring off 3 wins in a row to end the season would certainly give them a chance to jump at least 5 spots into the 16 team field. Centennial has not had a playoff appearance since 2015, which Wilkerson acknowledged, “We haven’t been to the playoffs since 2015, so for these guys to experience that is our ultimate goal.”