Bond added that the Bulldogs missed all three extra-point attempts, though the strength of Konawa’s linemen may have had something to do with that.
“They were big, physical, do things right,” Bond said of Konawa.
The Bulldogs had some success stopping the run, getting strong performances from defensive lineman Kane Konsure and linebackers Ryan Weeks and Tanner Dugger. Bond said he had to use many underclassmen in the secondary, particularly at cornerback.
“I was really proud of our effort,” Bond said.
Bond said the Bulldogs had five offensive starters unavailable for different reasons, and they still lost by just a point to a Class 2A school. With a little hard work to correct the mental mistakes, the Bulldogs should quickly find themselves on the winning side of the ball once again.
Summit Christian 50, Haileyville 7
No team wants to lose by 43 points. But last year’s Warriors couldn’t score in their final six games, and this year’s Warriors scored in their season-opener.
“They were excited about playing, and they were excited about how things are going right now,” Haileyville coach Dennis Ford said.
Haileyville’s touchdown came via a 20-yard run from Rico Richardson in the fourth quarter. Ford said the Warriors looked poised to score twice in the fourth, but turned the ball over.
“The score wasn’t indicative of the game that we played,” Ford said. “We would move the football, and we’d have a first down or two, and then we’d fumble the football.
“We stopped ourselves, which was typical of first-game jitters.”
The Warriors will try to base their offense off the run this year, overloading on one side to give running backs an easy outside route. Ford said the team accomplished that Friday, and now it’s just a matter of fine-tuning the backs’ technique to avoid turnovers.