On Saturday, the Kansas City Bulldogs will finally kick off what is arguably the nation’s toughest schedule of any team at this level and their first opponent is none other than a powerhouse from the Rocky Mountains in the Denver Sharks.
“We do know that they are the No. 17 nationally-ranked team that has played and won some big games, therefore we are not taking them lightly,” Bulldogs head coach Ron Cherry told Developmental Football USA.
This is just the first of more than a month of back-to-back-to-back-to-back elite competition the Bulldogs have signed up to face.
“We have to take it one game at a time,” Cherry said. “We can’t get too high after a big win. We have to continue to work hard and stay humble, because if you don’t, the very next opponent could be the one to knock you off the top.”
That’s exactly where the Bulldogs have their sights set: The Top. And, with each of these games that they win, they can make a very strong case for themselves in the national conversation.
“It will take for our players to trust and believe in each other, trust the hard work that they have put in during the off-season, and trust the coaching staff,” Cherry said. “Play Bulldog football and the rest will fall into place.”
Make no mistake about it, this is a national statement game for both teams and a win would be absolutely huge for the Bulldogs.
“This will undoubtedly be one of the biggest wins in the history of our program,” Cherry said. “Also this will give our team the confidence that we need going into the toughest schedule in the history of our program.”
The Kansas City front office set the bar high by putting this schedule together a few months back and it has drawn the attention of several newcomers, who are antsy to test their mettle. This surge of excitement hasn’t gone unnoticed.
“(During camp) the team has grown a lot in the aspect of learning what it takes to compete on a very high level and bring the commitment and hard work to every practice,” Cherry said.
For quite some time the Bulldogs have been a regional power, but this year’s squad has the potential to be the best one yet.
“The quality of depth we have at every position, specifically the defensive line,” Cherry said. “We have newcomers like Tenney Barber along with returning veteran Louis Gary that will give some offensive lines a lot of trouble. Also there are a couple of new guys like linebacker Greg Sloan and wide receivers Michael Panek and Shane Kilson that have stood out during camp and practice that I think will contribute a lot to the team.”