The strength of the Kansas City Bulldogs 2019 schedule has been well-documented and after two wins in two weeks against nationally respected opponents in the Denver Sharks and Minneapolis Warriors, the Bulldogs certainly belong in the national discussion.
“These two wins are huge for our program and give us the confidence we need to get the guys to continue to buy in as we have our eyes on a bigger prize going forward,” Bulldogs head coach Ron Cherry told Developmental Football USA.
Some teams schedule games against top opponents at this level simply for attention, but when the Bulldogs signed up for this gauntlet, they did so with the intentions of winning every single one. That being said, they expected to be sitting here at 2-0.
“I would be lying if I said no, and not to sound overconfident, but we have a great group of guys that pull together through adversity and play for each other,” Cherry said. “When they do that, the rest falls into place.”
These two wins to start the season have been far from a one-man show. The blocks have been there, the holes have opened up and ball-carriers have fought for extra yardage offensively. The Bulldog defense has played lights out, swarming to the football and creating turnovers.
“It’s hard to pin it down to a couple of players as this unit continues to improve and we still haven’t played our best football,” Cherry said. “We had a few mistakes and fundamental miscues that we have to continue to work on at practice and continue to improve.”
“It’s been pretty easy putting big wins behind us as we have a lot of veteran guys that have played on a high level and we all know that we have a common goal ahead of us and to achieve that we have to take it one week at a time,” Cherry said.
“We are a little banged up, but hey, it’s football. We have to continue to play and trust that our coaching staff will have the next man up ready to play.”
Next up for the Bulldogs are the St. Paul Pioneers of the Northern Elite Football League in a rematch from last year, which ended with a last-second 35-yard field goal to win it for Kansas City.
“It is never easy beating them and it’s even harder to do so back-to-back, so when you ask what it will take, the answer is simple,” Cherry said. “It will take everything we have, from the coaches, to the players, we all have to be operating on our highest level together.”