The Altus Bulldogs (4-1, 1-1) will host Del City tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. inside The Rock.
The Bulldogs look to recover from a two-point loss to class 5A’s number one Lawton MacArthur last Friday. Del City (3-2, 2-1) is coming into this one after defeating Duncan last week. The Eagles are looking for some respect. Del City is a team likely to be right in the thick of the district race.
Losses to Midwest City, and undefeated Ardmore have temporarily distracted some across the state. This distraction works to Del City’s favor in my opinion. The attention of late has gone to Mac, Altus and Ardmore, so Del City is positioned to strike an opponent that is not ready for them.
Del City is a very dangerous opponent from a match-up perspective. They have very athletic players all over the field. Their headliner is quarterback Terry Wilson (7). Wilson is the prototype for a shotgun, spread type of offense. At 6’3”, 195 lbs., Wilson is a skilled runner in the open field. He is adept at escaping the rush. In the open field, Wilson is a home run threat. His game-breaking speed is obvious. Wilson gained headlines early in September when he withdrew his commitment from Nebraska and announced he would sign with Oregon. Wilson also entertained offers from Memphis, Houston, New Mexico State and Texas Tech.
From some film I have seen, it is apparent Wilson’s throwing ability has markedly changed for the better. The Bulldogs will need a confident game plan to contain this very dangerous offensive threat.
One of Wilson’s helpers is also a problem to handle for most defenses. Running back Tre’vion Wright is exactly what you might imagine a spread attack offense might have in the backfield. Wright is a fraction of Wilson’s size at 5’5”, 135 lbs. This makes Wright very tough to find for defenders. Del City loves to give the ball to Wright on a belly option. This allows Wright to pick and choose the lane he sees fit. Wright is also very dangerous on slow-screens.
Del City is very athletic. The Bulldogs won the game a year ago in Del City in less than ideal conditions. Very lengthy rain delays were the story in that game.
This is another huge contest for our boys in blue. The home crowd is expected to be loud and proud. Bulldog fans are expected to fill the stands.
A “Welcome to Altus” tailgate gathering is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. at the southwest corner of Hightower Memorial Stadium on Friday. The All-Sports Association and the 12th Man Club are teaming up this week. The All-Sports Association is selling burger meals for $5. This includes chips and a drink. The 12th Man Club is selling chances to win a Ford pickup in a football skills challenge. It is being sponsored by Wilmes Superstore.
The turnout should be large and will be there to welcome the Del City bus upon arrival at approximately 5:30 p.m.
GO BULLDOGS !!
Reach Brad Gilbert@482-1221 ext. 2076