After coming off a 35-15 loss last week to conference rival Marshall Owls, the Mexico Bulldogs will face another conference foe and a state-ranked team Friday when they host the Hannibal Pirates (3-0) – ranked seventh in Class 4A.
MHS Coach Ty Harrison knows it will be tough to beat the Pirates. "They are state ranked and very good as always," he said.
The biggest obstacle the Bulldogs will face is to eliminate big plays and being able to sustain some drives on offense.
After watching Saturday's film of the game against Marshall, Harrison believes his Bulldogs played better but do need to improve. "We need to continue to improve our tackling. We ran the football better than we had all year. Too many big plays were given up on defense and one on special teams," said the coach. With that in mind, practice this week centered on assignments and execution/tackling.
The fact that the Bulldogs are winless for the season has not discouraged the team. Their first three opponents are a combined 8-1 right now with the only loss being Marshall to the first opponent St. Joseph Lafayette. "We are very young and inexperienced and our kids are upbeat and working to get better each day. We are taking a one day at a time approach at improving," Coach Harrison said of his team.
As for the Bulldogs, the coach has no plans to change his starting lineup. On the upbeat, there are no injuries with the return of senior Alex Hall, who missed last week's game due to a concussion and the team is healthy.
As for Hannibal, the MHS coach says he was not surprised at their 41-12 victory over the Boonville Pirates last week. The Pirates who beat the Bulldogs last season 49-7, hold a 77-6 scoring edge over its opponents.