QUEEN CITY — Queen City Bulldogs head coach Justin Burk is pleased with the turnout and participation among Bulldogs fans in 2017.
Burk joined Michael DelGiorno on the weekly “Coaches Show” to talk about the atmosphere and excitement the home crowds have provided for Queen City.
“It’s the best it’s been since I’ve been here, and that’s not to take a shot at it in past years,” said Burk. “It’s just grown, it seems, with every year that I’ve been in Queen City. You look up there and there’s not an empty seat in the place. They’ve had to bring extra bleachers down from the baseball field to sit next to those stands to help try to hold the extra crowd. The booster club told me they’ve sold out of programs every home game, and they usually don’t do that in the past. So, it’s been a real blessing for the team.”
The Bulldogs host the Ore City Rebels during Queen City’s designated “breast cancer awareness” game. Coach Burk hopes his players match the intensity the Rebels will bring.
Said Burk: “That’s one thing is showing up and matching the effort. I’m confident that we’ll come out and play with great effort being back at home and in front of the home crowd and with it being a breast cancer awareness month and things like that. The kids get into those sort of things. It puts a little extra people in the stands, which adds to the electricity and excitement and makes the kids play a lot harder a lot of times.”
The Rebels bring a 2-5 record with a 1-2 3A-2 Region II District 7 mark into Queen City. Though the Bulldogs are 3-3 with an 0-2 district record, they are preparing for what Ore City will bring.
“They’re going to be in the gun, some other different formations, a bunch of trips and doubles and some H-back,” said Burk. “They’re going to be pretty balanced out of it. They still run the ball a decent amount. They got a really talented quarterback who can sling it. They got a few receivers that are good at making a play on the ball in the air, catch the ball in traffic. Their O-line is very, very big, very thick.
“Defensively they’re an odd front. They try to cause a lot of havoc. They play very hard. That’s one thing I’ll say about Ore City is they don’t necessarily have the team speed we’ve seen the last two games between Hooks and New Diana. But they make up for it by playing extremely, extremely hard. They fly all over the field. It will be a challenge for us.”
The challenge can be heard Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Caddo Country 105.3 FM and the Freed AM Sports app with Jim Davenport and Shawn Fitzgerald on the call.