It’s game day once again for the Van Meter High School football team as they welcome in non-district foe Madrid to town.
Van Meter has been on a tear over the first two games besting their opponents by no less than a three-score lead. The Bulldogs have totaled 800 yards of offense through just two games with plenty of credit to go around. Even with that said, it’s still fairly easy to pinpoint what has been the biggest compliment for the Bulldogs. That would undoubtedly be the feared rushing attack. Over 79 percent of the teams’ offensive yardage production has come on the ground with 11 scores coming on the ground as well.
It is indeed an amazing feat put forth by the Bulldogs but it wouldn’t be able to happen without the great work done by those in the trenches.
“It’s easy to give credit to the skill players but with any team, a productive offense starts with the offensive line,” began Bulldog head coach Eric Trudo. “Our guys do a great job opening up rushing lanes for our rushers. They also make sure Anthony is as comfortable as can be passing the ball. Our guys are extremely good and without their great work, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”
There’s no doubt about that and because of it, the Bulldogs have produced their best two game start since the 2016-17. The Bulldogs have bested their first two opponents by a combined 73-18. also their largest two game margin of victory since the 2016-17 campaign. It’s been a very fast start but one that coach Trudo wants his team to take in stride.
“The thing about the game of football is how humbling it can be,” began Trudo. “If you get too high on yourself as a team then you can easily overlook things and miss assignments. I want our guys to enjoy the win because any win is big, but we can’t lose focus of what’s coming up in front of us.”
Coach Trudo and his squad haven’t lost either of their first two games since the 2015-16 season where they lost the season opener. Ironically, that team and the last team to defeat the Bulldogs through the first two weeks was Madrid, their week three opponent Friday. The Bulldogs went on to make it to the Dome that season but it’s that loss that’s still in the mind of Bulldog coaches to this day.
“Any team can be beaten on any given Friday night and we had that happen to us to kick off the 2015 season,” said Trudo. “Just as they are now, they were a well coached team. They are a team that knew us well then and they know us well now so we have to make sure we execute to our fullest potential if we want a win here this week.”
This will be the 32nd meeting all time between these two schools. Despite the recent success where Van Meter has taken the last five straight meetings, it’s an overall series that favors Madrid 23 wins compared to Van Meter’s eight.
The chance for Van Meter to make it six straight wins over Madrid will come at home as they host the Tigers with first kickoff set for 7 p.m. from Bulldog Stadium.