Midway through the football season, Mexico Bulldogs (0-5) are still looking for their first win with hopes of a victory this Friday against the Warrenton Warriors who are 1-4.
Bulldogs Coach Ty Harrison will mix things up this week adding new players to the team in hopes of a victory. "You will see more younger players this week that you have not seen before," said the coach.
After watching Saturday's film against last week's opponent the Boonville Pirates, Harrison believed his special teams were better, but there is room for improvement.
"Offensively we cost ourselves two opportunities to score by penalties and lack of execution," said the coach in reference to the Boonville loss. "Defensively we stopped them at times but then we would give up a big play," he added.
A major obstacle for Mexico is to find ways to score. "We need to be able to score when we have the opportunity. We also cannot give up big plays on defense," said the coach.
During practice this week the Bulldogs have been working on consistency and cutting down on mistakes. "We need to improve our execution and fewer self-inflicted mistakes," said Harrison.
The two teams did not meet each other last year, but Harrison's assesment of the Warriors is they have a lot of experience, compared to the Bulldogs' young, inexperienced team.
"They are a competitive team with lots of experience," said the coach. To combat the Warrior's experience the Bulldogs will have to create some competition at various positions to give them focus.
Keys for the Bulldogs to get their first victory will be less mistakes on offense, less blown assignments and hold the Warriors to small gains by eliminating big plays which have been the Bulldog's problem all season.
Friday night's game will begin at 7 p.m. at Hawthorne Heights.