by Alicyn Mitcham
Football- On September 9, the Colmesneil Bulldogs battled against Mount Enterprise, a good team with a well-established program containing a coach who has built the ideas and goals for eight years.
This week, the Dogs found improvement in the small aspects of the game that play into the big parts of the game. Every week, the coaches see improvement in the Dogs, and that is what the focus is about, progress, not perfection.
The Dogs saw improvement on the score at halftime. At Deweyville, two weeks ago, the score was 8-6 with five minutes left until halftime, and the Dogs ultimately went into halftime defeated with a score of 20-8. Giving up this many points allowed Deweyville to possess the lead at halftime.
In contrast, this week the Dogs experienced the opportunity to give up a score right before halftime, and the team proactively responded. They found their backs against the wall, and they fought back; this demonstrates progress.
In the third quarter, the Dogs gave up two scores after a short field run. The team did respond with a touchdown to land within a score, but defensively, the Dogs lost their focus and could not earn the ball back. They played three quarters, but not three consistently.
The Dogs are improving and growing every day. They have eight freshman and twelve sophomores on the rooster which results in some inconsistencies. Coach Ross McMurry said, "It's our job to make the Dogs consistent for future games. We can always get better. Progress not perfection!"
Volleyball- On September 9, the Lady Dogs started their district play. The team faced Leggett, and the game was finalized with a shut out by the Lady Dogs.
In the first game, they only allowed Leggett to score three points, only four in the second game, and merely six in the third game. This is a total of 13 points allowed by the Dogs over their 75 points in the three games.
The varsity Lady Dogs competed in the YMBL tournament in Beaumont on September 8 and 10, and ran into a bit of a wall. They did not compete up to par, fell short, and hope to break the streak as they face Chester on September 13 for a district game beginning at 4:30 p.m.
On Saturday, September 17, the Lady Dogs will face Goodrich in Goodrich at 4:30 p.m.
In junior high volleyball, the eighth grade A and B teams traveled to Burkeville Monday night, September 12. Coach Ashley Doss led the A game into a victory clinched in three games with stand-out serves executed by Peyton Flannery and Brooke Mitcham. The B team fell short, but is continuing progress weekly.