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September 27, 2013

Rams hope to slow down Bulldogs’ flex bone in road grid contest today

By TONY EIERDAM

Seeking that first victory of 2013, the Mineral Wells Rams will conclude non-district play at 7 p.m. today at Burkburnett to face the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs are 1-3 having lost games to Gainesville (45-23) , Wichita Falls High School (24-11) and Decatur (41-38) while defeating Bridgeport (40-35) last week.

The Bulldogs offense is “old school,” but with a new twist. Burkburnett runs a triple-option offense called the flex bone, which like the old and honored wishbone of yesteryear has three running backs in the backfield. However, two of the three backs set up in the slot, and the slot backs will go in motion as a third option on option plays.

This season while using the flex bone, Burkburnett has averaged an impressive 185 yards per game on the ground. The Bulldogs’ rushing attack has also had an impact on its passing game as BHS averages 143 yards per contest in the air.

The ‘Dogs average of 328 yards of total offense each game has also produced 107 points, but it has not translated into wins.

Mineral Wells head coach Chuck Lawrence said the Bulldogs switched to the offense after losing to the Rams last year.

“Coach (Scott Boswell) does a good job with them, and they have changed both offensively and defensively from last year,” Lawrence said. “After our game last year they went back to their flex bone, an option offense. The flex bone, run by Air force Academy, is like the wishbone except you take the two halfbacks and move them down as slot backs.

“They come in short motion and that allows them to run the triple option, and they have a pretty good passing attack off it which really enhances their option game.

“They had success with it and carried it over to this season. They have been scoring 30-40 points each game. It is extremely difficult to simulate this offense in practice. We don’t run it so it is tough for the scout team to pick up and give a good look.”

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