Last year it was Battle.

This season it was Southern Boone. Mexico varsity football coach Steve Haag has no illusions about going undefeated. Instead, he's going to start every campaign against the type of squad that'g going to put his team to the test. That's because he's always going to have questions, especially at the start of the season, about his own club, and he won't be satisfied until he gets answers.

Now that he's gotten that itch out of his system, hopefully plenty can be garnered from that game and we can all move on now to week two and the Bulldogs non-North Central Missouri Conference game at California. Currently the Pinto's are 0-1 after falling to Warrensburg 55-7 at home in week one, but as Haag told Matthew Pilger and Michael Daugherty of KXEO Saturday morning, not only is he quite familiar with the Warrensburg coach, but that's a good team that shouldn't be underestimated.

Even though Mexico's opener last Friday didn't quite go as well as planned, especially in the secpnd half, Haag did address some of those issues. For example, when it came to the woes experience by new signal caller Ty Prince, the Bulldogs coach said nobody is harder on himself than Prince. Haag also said one of his greatest weaknesses is also his greatest strength, and that is the fact that he's a sophomore. Even if some of his msitakes are youth based, he's got plenty of time to work it out.

Tyler Talley is another starter that's new to the varsity and Haag seems incredibly please with what he's seen out of him. If there is one thing he could adjust out of this running back/linebacker he'd probably like to see this young man play with just a little less emotion. That's because some levels of intensity simply aren't sustainable for an entire game. So, instead of worrying about Talley buring himself out to early, the entire coaching stayy would like to see a slightly more metered approach from him.

There are other players, such as Jasean White, whose role on offense haven't had the time to truly come to fruition the way it's more than likely going to, so because his season has yet to take shape yet his best days are still ahead of him. Dillon Patton, on the other hand, wasn't that far from 100 yards rushing in week one, so his consistency is exactly what this team needs considering all the talent it lost to graduation.

In 2017-18 at home the Bulldogs defeated California 28-14. The Pintos then earned a victory in week three prior to going winless in their next seven games to end with a recond of 1-9 overall.