Le Mars football started 2023 off with a strong showing in a 41-13 win over Sergeant Bluff-Luton in week one.
The Bulldogs had some trouble in their first three drives with them ending on a pair of punts and a fumble. Head coach Ken Vigdal says week ones are tough to find a rhythm right off the bat.
That drive that ended in a fumble could have easily turned into a touchdown for SB-L who started near the red zone off the fumble. The Bulldog defense stood tall and held the Warriors to just three on that drive giving them a huge confidence boost. Coach Vigdal says that set the tone for the defense to continue to improve the rest of the game.
The Bulldogs were dominant through the air in the first half with the vast majority of their production through the passing game. Things flipped in the second half when Le Mars got their run game going. Coach Vigdal says that is the beauty of his offense that they can go to both aspects of the game well.
Though the points did not prove to be necessary in the grand scheme of the win, kicker Jovany Kabongo had a field day breaking his record for longest field goal in program history twice. He made a 44-yard field goal in the first half and a 45-yard field goal in the second half. Coach Vigdal says he has never seen a high school kicker like Kabongo.
The Bulldogs get to take things home in week two when they take on a 5A school and a conference foe in Sioux City North. The Stars are coming off a 46-37 loss at South Sioux City last week. Coach Vigdal says the Bulldogs are focused on fixing small things ahead of week two.
Kickoff between the Bulldogs and Stars is set for 7:00 PM on Friday night.