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Bulldogs focus on homecoming after loss

ST. IGNATIUS – Mission High School Junior Michael Durglo sat down to check his gear for a few minutes during Friday’s football game against Bigfork. He is usually found on the field as either a defensive or offensive lineman, and at 6 feet 4 inches tall, he is easy to spot.

Durglo said the team was doing well despite the scoreboard’s glowing 0-34 score in the third quarter. He said Bigfork usually has a big team —45 players this year, compared to Mission’s 28 — and several Bulldogs were out with injuries.

“We are building up and getting better every game,” he said.

Intensity might be the key for the team.

“We have intensity at first but we lose it by the end of the game,” he said. “They put their heads down and the mood is gone. We need to brush it off and keep going.”

For him, intensity means three things.

“It’s about keeping the mood up, flying into the ball, and following assignments,” he said. “We need to keep the sidelines pumped up.”

The Vikings picked up their first touchdown in the first quarter 0-7. By the end of the second quarter, the score was at 0-27. The Bulldogs came close to scoring in the third quarter but the Vikings turned it over for 0-34. The game finished 0-41.

Head Coach Jake Bosley said it was a tough game playing against a school that has full offensive and defensive units.

“We played a solid game, ran the ball well, but we weren’t able to convert,” he said. “We did have a couple good runs. Troy Mitchell and Gus Bosley both rattled off 20 yard runs.”

Several plays stood out to the coach.

“Benton Adams had a good game with 12 total tackles. Beedo Matt was a solid linebacker, and Gus Bosley had 101 yards with 22 carries.”

This year, the team is working on improving.

“It’s a building year this season,” he said. “We are improving every game and hope to hit our peak by the end of the year.”

The Bulldogs celebrate homecoming week starting on Monday, Sept. 26. The football game is against Deer Lodge Friday, Sept. 30. The girls homecoming volleyball game is Thursday, Sept. 29.

The parade is on Friday at about 1 p.m.

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