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Football: Alvord returns to field after open date

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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The Alvord Bulldogs got a chance to press the reset button after six grueling non-district games last week.

After the week off, the Bulldogs return to action Friday with a trip to face Seymour in their 5-2A Division I opener. The squad kick off at Panther Stadium at 7 p.m.

Alvord coach Pete Hart said the open date hit a well-needed time.

“We got a chance to get healthy and kept working,” Hart said. “I’m proud of the kids’ effort through the first six games. Each week, we got better. The open date gave the kids and coaches a chance to regroup and work on specific areas as we prepared for district.”

After a slow start to the season offensively, the Bulldogs showed improvement in the past three weeks against Electra, Petrolia and City View. The Bulldogs had a season-best 229 yards and 14 points against City View.

The Alvord offense will face a huge challenge Friday against a Seymour defense that posted its third shutout of the season last week.

Seymour allowed just 103 yards against Chico.

The Panthers’ offense scored 28 points in the first quarter of the district opener.

Seymour is averaging 375 yards per game. Running back David Watson has 853 yards on 100 carries. Quarterback Cade Holden has added 1,175 yards through the air with seven touchdowns.

“They are not an easy team to defend,” Hart said. “Their running back is a real talented runner. The challenge is to contain him but you can’t disregard the quarterback, who can make big plays.

“Our focus is containing the big plays.”

ALVORD (0-6) AT SEYMOUR (6-1)

7 p.m. Friday at Panther Stadium

ALVORD HARRIS RATING: 169

ALVORD NOTABLE: The Bulldogs were outscored 179 to 29 in non-district.

SEYMOUR HARRIS RATING: 201

SEYMOUR NOTABLE: The Panthers posted their third shutout of the season last week.

HARRIS LINE: Seymour by 35

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