After being denied a playoff berth, the Altus High Bulldogs will play their final game of the season Friday night against the Oklahoma City Capitol Hill Redskins. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs were eliminated from playoff contention with a 42-21 loss to the Ardmore Tigers last Friday night.
“It was extremely disappointing,” Altus High Head Coach Chad Stone said. “It has shown at times we are better offensively and defensively. We just continue to not to come up with the big play when we need to that big time playoff schools are going to do. We still have some work to do in order to be an elite team. We think that can happen with the players we have coming up.”
So with no opportunity to make the playoffs, the Bulldogs will try to close out the season with a win something they should do against Capitol Hill who comes into the game with 0-9 record. The Redskins have scored only 46 points on the season and yielded 395 points.
It’s an extremely young football team as only three seniors are in the starting 22 positions. Six of the starting positions are freshmen.
“We tell them (the players) this week is our Super Bowl,” Stone said. “We need to make sure we take care of business, we need to send the seniors out on a good note. This should be an opportunity for our underclassmen to get in, get varsity reps, it should be a good night for us. We had a real good practice yesterday (Monday) and these kids really don’t have any quit in them. They continue to fight to the bitter end. I would like to see us throw a couple of knockout punches and see how we maintain a lead, rather than try to obtain one from behind.”
Capitol Hill runs out of the split gun offense and a 4-3 alignment on defense.
Two players have played well for the Redskins. Quarterback Danny Do (5-10, 155 Jr.) triggers the offense and tight end-linebacker Marcus Williams (6-6, 225) has been a play maker.
Bulldog notes: Senior running back Diquon Woodhouse has an opportunity to become a 1,000 yard rusher but he needs a big game against Capitol Hill. He has rushed for 840 yards on the season.
Fifteen seniors will appear in the blue and white uniform for the last time. They include Damien Ray, Michael Perez, Brantley Ford, Nico Maldonado, Chris Rogers, Diquon Woodhouse, Patrick Carnes, Demauri Randall, Keilan Torres, Antoine Lewis, Cedrick Jamison, Dalton Chappel, Bobby Martinez, JonMark Moon, Kalin Harris will play their last game at Hightower Memorial Stadium.