QUEEN CITY — The Queen City Bulldogs will renew their burgeoning rivalry with the De Kalb Bears Friday night at Smith-Wall Stadium for Senior Night.
Head coach Justin Burk and his Bulldogs look to play spoiler as they send out the senior class out on a high note.
“De Kalb has kind of become a little rival to us it seems like,” Burk said on the “Coaches Show” Monday. “A couple years ago we played DeKalb at home and the winner made the playoffs, and then a year before that we played at their place and the winner made the playoffs. And then in basketball we’ve played them two years in a row, not last year, but the previous years in a row. And then they’ve just kind of become a little rival for us.
“The kids will be fired up. They want to send the seniors out on the right note. We want to play spoiler. DeKalb has played spoiler for us in the past. So, the kids feel like they owe them one. So, I think our guys are going to come out and play hard. Our seniors are going to make sure of it.”
Playing spoiler and corralling Jaquan Jackson
The Bulldogs are 3-6 overall and 0-5 in 3A-2 Region II District 7 play. The Bears are clinging to some hope and help to make the playoffs. Senior running back Jaquan Jackson has been the driving force behind De Kalb’s success in 2017 and will be their engine to bring the Bear playoff train into the station.
Said Burk: “He’s a special athlete. I’m not sure what his season stats are, but he has had two different games of eight touchdowns and 400 yards rushing. DeKalb is not afraid to give him the ball as many times as it takes. They had a game of 53 carries. So, they’re not afraid to just hand it off to him. We’re watching film this weekend of him and at one point on a drive he carried the ball 12 straight plays. So, obviously the key is stopping him. It’s just a lot easier said than done as he’s shown throughout the weeks as I’m sure every team has said the same thing. So, it will be a challenge. He’s very physical and very, very fast; good vision, one-step acceleration. So, it’s going to be tough. We’re going to have to make sure we corral him and make sure we wrap up and take him down.”