One week ago, the Kansas City Bulldogs capped off their season by taking home their second consecutive Midwest Football Alliance Championship and their third in four years with a 22-3 win over the Omaha Stockmen.
“The scoreboard doesn’t reflect how the game really went,” Bulldogs head coach Ron Cherry told The Gridiron Grind. “It was far from an easy win. Their defense gave our offense fits all night, but we were able to make a few big plays when it mattered and that was the difference in the game.”
The depth and big-game experience came through in a major way for the Bulldogs, which sent the Stockmen home empty-handed for the second straight season.
“Avery Washington and Lamont Connor were big for us Saturday night,” Cherry said. “Avery played with his heart on his sleeve, dealing with personal matters, and came through with one of the biggest scores of the game. Lamont Connor constantly pounded the ball and softened up the defense for the rest of the fleet of running backs. We had some crucial plays late in the game, including a 4th-and-4 rush by Mason Coleman that went for nearly 15 yards. B-Jay Johnson cashed in for six on the next play. If we failed to convert we would have given the ball back to Omaha only trailing by two scores with plenty of clock left.”
Defensively, coming into the game, Kansas City knew it needed to win the battle in the trenches and the Dogs definitely didn’t disappoint.
“The front six was the major part of our whole scheme,” defensive captain Dorsey Golston told The Gridiron Grind. “We knew if we could control their run game up front, we would have a high chance of being successful against this team, because once you become one dimensional and that dimension is passing the ball you play into our strengths, and we were successful at that on Saturday.”
Playing several of the top teams in the Midwest prior to beginning MFA play certainly prepared the team to go unbeaten in league play once again.
“Those games allowed us to dig deep into our 65 man roster,” Cherry said. “A lot of guys couldn’t make all those trips, so we were able to see what we had in guys who don’t typically see the field. Also, the fact that all the non-league games were ranked opponents, we were able to see how other recognized teams conduct themselves and it prepared us for some of the adversity we saw Saturday night. We knew no matter what we faced, it wouldn’t be anything we hadn’t seen.”
Although league play has now come and gone, the Bulldogs aren’t planning to turn in equipment and close the door on 2019 just yet. In fact, the coming road ahead is what they’ve been aiming for all year.
“Next, we’re looking to raise the bar for this organization,” Cherry said. “Even though we didn’t win the championship in 2015, that has always been the measuring stick for us. Now if we can do something no other Bulldogs team has done in winning a regional and national championship, this brand can be solidified. As of now, we are lining up games to stay ready as we await a regional game offer. Regionals are the next big target we have our eyes set on.”