The class 5A District 1 race takes another turn tonight.
The Altus Bulldogs, with an overall record of 4-1 and a 1-1 record in district play, will host the Del City Eagles. Del City is 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the district.
At the same time in Duncan, the #1 Mac team will put their undefeated season up against the Duncan Demons. Ardmore will host El Reno. The rest is just scenery.The only way Mac can lose at Duncan is if they have the largest, post-game let down in modern history. Duncan allows more yards than they gain themselves. They also allow over 30 points per game. Mac can get the ball up and down the field with ease (on anyone not named Altus). Mac also scores often. Bulldog fans hopeful for a Duncan upset of Mac will be out of luck.
Ardmore is second in class 5A in scoring (43.8) while only allowing a slim 14.6 points per game. The Tigers hung 55 points on Del City just two weeks ago.
The Bulldogs can stay right in the mix for the district title by taking care of business tonight against Del City. Altus’ chances of winning the district took a hit last Friday. However, the race for the title is far from over.
According to Newsok.com, the Bulldogs come into tonight’s contest boasting the state’fourth most prolific rushing attack and second in Class 5A behind Ardmore. The Bulldogs have chewed up 1,761 yards on the ground this season for an average of 352 yards per contest.
Taven Birdow is 134 yards closer to the Altus career rushing record after last week. Birdow continues to grind out tough yardage up the middle and has shown us some dynamic moments on the edge. Birdow’s 806 yards this season is good enough for second in class 5A behind a runner from Western Heights. His 118 carries not only leads the Bulldogs in this category, but according to Newsok.com, this is enough to lead Class 5A. Taven averages right at seven yards per carry. He is also at the top of the list in kick return statistics. As teams respect that fact, they have been kicking away from his threat to return kicks for a score. Whether teams kick to him or kick away from him just means the Bulldogs have been getting great field position to start drives.
Taven is just 294 yards away from breaking the Raymond Boaz 60-year record for career rushing yards.
If you step outside, you can tell it is football weather. Be loud and proud tonight Bulldog fans. This is another big one for the boys in blue.
GO BULLDOGS !!
Reach Brad Gilbert@482-1221 ext. 2076