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September 13, 2013

'Dogs eye chance for more improvement

NEDERLAND — NEDERLAND — Nederland’s Bulldogs are no different than every other team in the state. Coach Larry Neumann and company wants to win the district title and then make a long run through the playoffs.

Neumann knows this week’s opponent, the Angleton Wildcats, is the perfect matchup to get ready for the District 20-4A.

This is because Angleton will field a tough team Neumann’s Bulldogs can judge themselves against early in the season.

Last year the Wildcats defeated the Bulldogs, 39-31, in a game that saw a little bit of everything from sheets of rain at halftime to a failed two-point conversion.

“There were two quality teams on the field last year and this year will not be any different,” Neumann said. “When I look at the video of Angleton this year I don’t see much changes from last year. They are just as potent on offense and on defense.”

Nederland (1-1) will be looking to build off last week’s 23-7 victory over Goose Creek Memorial. Tailback Kendrick Hopkins and the Bulldogs offensive line were the stories as Hopkins rushed for 183 yards on 33 carries. Nederland as a team rushed for 256 yards and quarterback Preston White was 12-for-20 passing for 108 yards with a touchdown.

The Bulldogs defense also enjoyed a great night by limiting Goose Creek to 174 yards passing and 50 yards rushing.

“We improved on both sides of the football last week from Week Zero,” Neumann said. “We are still discovering what kind of team we have in a lot of aspects. Coaches can do their best jobs in the offseason and scrimmages but until you play you can’t know for sure what you have. We are pleased with our progress as a football team.”

Last week’s win was far cry from the defeat Nederland faced in Week Zero. Crosby ran for 371 yards in a 56-35 victory to open the year. Nederland’s offense was able to move the ball with 219 yards on the ground and 185 yards passing.

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