Bulldogs and T-wolves renew old acquaintances

SANDPOINT — While it might not be reflected in the wins and losses, the Bulldog football team is continuing to take baby steps in an effort to change the culture of the program, a quest that continues tonight when they travel south to face Lake City.

Sandpoint (1-4) is coming off a tough loss against Cheney, a game in which eight different Bulldogs picked up a personal foul. Many of the penalties were borne of inexperience, and will no doubt be cleaned up in the future as head coach Satini Puailoa continues to preach consistency from his team.

“At times, we look really good, other times, it’s like ‘where did that come from?’” he said, noting all four losses have come against senior-laden teams. “It’s not a lack of effort, it’s that attention to detail. We’re going through a changing of the culture and the kids are figuring out a whole new concept.”

Tonight marks arguably the toughest test of the season, as the 5A Timberwolves (3-1-1) are coming off back-to-back wins over Post Falls and Lewiston. Lake City has won seven of the last eight meetings against the Bulldogs.

Per usual for a Van Troxel-coached team, the Timberwolves will feature a dangerous veer option attack that forces a defense to play disciplined and cover all areas of the field.

Last week against Cheney, the Bulldogs’ defense made a host of great plays to force third and long situations, but could not close the deal and get off the field much of the time.

Offensively, receiver Chase Rodriguez has 14 catches for 250 yards and two scores in the past two games, but the Bulldogs are missing the slot presence of Tommy Fury, who is still injured.

Puailoa knew heading into the season that winning wouldn’t happen overnight, and at the halfway point in the year he’s impressed with the Bulldogs’ improvement.

“We’re winning in so many ways, it’s just not on the scoreboard yet,” he said. “I’m happy to watch the evolution of these young men, and the kids are starting to galvanize in that concept.”

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Lake City High School.

Read More News

Sanders fans aren’t going quietly

July 26, 2016 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press A storm descended on Philadelphia, indoors and outdoors, during the first night of the Democratic National Convention. The intensity of the weather bearing down on the city Monday was...

Read More

Kidnapping, rape case nears trial

July 26, 2016 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee SANDPOINT — A Blanchard man accused of kidnapping and raping a former girlfriend is scheduled to stand trial in 1st District Court next month.Joe Frederick Ransom pleaded not guilty...

Read More

Solar Roadway project crystallizing

July 26, 2016 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee SANDPOINT — City planners and Solar Roadways officials are finalizing plans for their joint project, a demonstration installation of solar collection panels at Jeff Jones Square. The city...

Read More

Otter helps Kochava celebrate new HQ

July 26, 2016 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee SANDPOINT — Local and state dignitaries were on hand Monday to witness the official opening of Kochava's new downtown headquarters. The 32,000-square-foot facility at Second Avenue and Church...

Read More