The Muldrow Bulldogs are on a four-game losing streak, and it’s caused the team frustration.
“It is frustrating,” Muldrow coach Logan Coatney said. “We have not put a full game, a full four quarters, together in any game this year. Coming into the season, I knew we were going to be a young team. We were going to have to overcome some adversity, but at the same time our kids have to help themselves out. We’re making a lot of presnap and post-snap penalties that we’re continuing to coach on and use as coaching points, but we’ve got to do a better job of allowing ourselves to have success without shooting ourselves in the foot.”
The Bulldogs (1-5 overall, 0-2 in District 3A-3 play) believe the postseason essentially has started, and a home district win over the Seminole Chieftains (24, 1-1) tonight at Marty Rogers Field is the first such game. The kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
“Every game is a must win,” Coatney said. “Obviously, now being down two games in the district, we’ve got to start mustering up some wins. We have to start executing better. We have to be a much better disciplined football program. We had a good week. Hopefully, we’ll continue to have success (tonight).”
The Chieftains lost their first district game last week, a 46-26 loss to Checotah after opening district play with a 24-22 home win over Stigler. In non-district games, Seminole went 1-3, beating Shawnee 28-25 but losing 55-0 to Canadian, Texas, 42-24 to Tecumseh and 45-6 to Harrah.
“Seminole is a very good team,” Coatney said. “They’re well disciplined and athletic as all get out. They’re extremely athletic. Their offensive and defensive lines are much bigger than they were last year. They were a young team last year, but they’ve brought back some experience this year. We’re going to have our hands full, but I think our kids are up to the test.”
The key word Coatney uses is the ’Dogs have to be “disciplined.”
“We’re going to have to play disciplined football,” he said. “We’re going to have to gain some confidence early in the game. We have to eliminate the pre-snap and post-snap penalties to give ourselves a chance.”