The West Texas Outlaws return home this Saturday for their 2016 home opener at Lena Stephens Field versus the West Texas Bulldogz in what could be a rivalry in the making as both teams look for their first win.
“This game is like three years in the making,” Bulldogz owner and offensive coordinator Tirone Stovall told DFUSA. “We were supposed to play three years ago and never did. There’s going to be a lot of fierce competition because we have a couple of Lubbock boys on our team. We’re looking to ground and pound it with them.”
Looking at the roster, players Dontae Walker, Terrence Knight, Justin Robertson, Gerren Woodard, Fred Jordan and Bryson Parrish all travel to Amarillo to play with the Bulldogz.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” Outlaws head coach Shannon Cross told DFUSA. “I think we have a lot to prove, not only to our fans, but to ourselves to be that one unit I know we can be.”
Since this is the first meeting between the two teams, not much is known other than through word of mouth, social media and relationships different players from the two organizations have forged.
“I really don’t know anything about them,” Cross said. “I’m going to have to go back and look at the film I got on them. I know they are a pretty deep, strong team that’s in the West Texas area and we’re going to battle with them.”
The Outlaws (0-1) are coming off a close, emotional 17-13 road loss to the Alamogordo Desert Dawgs, while the Bulldogz (0-1) were knocked off at home by the Rio Grande Football League defending champion Las Cruces Kings 28-6.
“(The Outlaws) got a young quarterback and a couple of new people,” Stovall said. “Our defense is looking to confuse them with different types of formations and schemes and hope to get the young quarterback confused with what he’s doing. As far as their defense, I really don’t know much about their defense. I know about one of their cornerbacks, Corey White, we’ve got to prepare for him. Other than that, I don’t know about anybody else.”
If last weekend’s performance is an accurate measure, both teams have solid defenses that they will lean upon while their offense finds its rhythm as this looks to be a game that will be decided by a handful of big plays from either team.
“The first game, we lost, but our boys got it in their head that it’s game time,” Stovall said. “It’s time to stop playing around and get on the ball and start knocking everybody out of the park. We’ve got a real talented team. We had a few people missing and we get them all back this weekend, so we shall see. Don’t count us out.”
Running back and return specialist Anthony Martin looks to build on his 138 total yards and one touchdown from Week1 pic.twitter.com/zZEHkifAeD
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