The Mexico Bulldogs and Fulton Hornets have been football rivals since their first game back in 1920. Friday night marks the 121st meeting between the two teams with the Hornets leading in the winning column 62 to 52. There have also been 6 ties.
In recent years, the rivalry has been dubbed the Highway 54 Bowl. The team that wins is presented the Highway 54 Bowl trophy sign which is presently in the possession of the Bulldogs after last year's 47-6 victory.
This year's game will be at Fulton and is a conference game. This is a matchup between two struggling teams. Fulton's overall record is 0-7 and Mexico has a 1-6 record. In addition, both teams are looking for their first conference win.
MHS coach Ty Harrison has seen some improvement in the past few games with his special teams but they still have their work cut out for them. Even with a winless season, Harrison believes the Hornets are beginning to play better.
"They are experienced but a winless team that has started to play their best football lately," said the MHS coach. To keep the Hornets winless, the Bulldogs will put the pressure on their quarterback. A major obstacle for Mexico will be the ability to stop Fulton's passing game and their wildcat formation when the 'Dogs are on defense. The Bulldogs will also need to execute blocking schemes against a defense they haven't seen much of.
An important aspect of the game for Mexico is consistency in all phases of the game. Harrison's Bulldogs have focused their practices this week to combat their inconsistency in executing assignments.
"We are going back to fundamental assignments on each play. Making sure we are in the right place and making sure we make the play when we are there," said the coach.
To come home with the victory and the 54 Bowl trophy, the Bulldogs' defense will need to shut down the Hornets' passing game.
"We need to stop their passing game and put heat on their quarterback," stated Harrison.
As for Mexico's offense, they need to take charge early in the game. "We need to set the pace of the game by scoring early," said Harrison. To sum it up, the Bulldogs need to be consistent in every play of the game.
Game time is 7 p.m.