The Mexico Bulldogs are looking for their first win of the season and to accomplish this feat they will have to get by the conference foe Boonville Pirates, coached by former MHS football coach Devin Brown.
There are some similarities in the two teams, one being they are both looking for their first conference win of the season and both have similar overall records. Mexico is 0-4 and Boonville is 1-3 with the Pirates capturing their first win of the season last Friday against Knob Noster, and both have played tough competitive teams.
To win against the Pirates, Ty Harrison's Bulldogs will need to improve on their defense and specialty teams. In last Friday's game against Hannibal, Mexico missed offensive opportunities in which they need to show improvement and need to capitalize on, to come out with a win. "We had some opportunities on offense in the passing game," said Harrison.
The Bulldogs need to work on special teams and big plays on defense, eliminate big plays on defense and in the kicking game. To improve these issues, the 'Dogs have been giving extra attention to personnel and execution on special teams during practice this week. "Defensively we are working on assignments and tackling," stated the MHS coach.
Harrison said Boonville has a solid team and it will take a strong offensive effort to beat them. "They are a solid team that has played tough competition and they have several good skilled players," explained Harrison.
Keys to success for the Bulldogs both offensively and defensively will be balance on the offensive, formation recognition and eliminating big plays on the defense.
The two teams will meet at 7 p.m. in Boonville on Friday.