Listen live online Thursday night on the Slocum Sports Network as the Vicksburg Bulldogs host the Dowagiac Chieftains to begin the 2017 Michigan high school football season. The last two seasons, both schools made the postseason and finished in the top half of the Wolverine Conference.
Last season, Vicksburg finished 7-2 in the Wolverine Conference, behind only league-champ Edwardsburg (9-0) and even with Three Rivers. The Bulldogs entered the postseason for the third consecutive year, but fell in the Pre-District round to Chelsea 37-7, putting them at 7-3 for the season on the field. However, because of the use of an ineligible player, Vicksburg later had to forfeit wins gathered in weeks 3-8, for an official record of 1-9.
Vicksburg had eight players earn all-conference honors last season, six of those players have graduated. Back for their senior campaigns are Austin Povlock and DJ Bullock, both of which received second-team honors on the defensive line.
Dowagiac finished 6-3, fourth in the Wolverine Conference standings last season. The Chieftains got a first round playoff victory over Buchanan 28-25, but lost 14-7 to Berrien Springs in the District final for a 7-4 overall mark. Like Vicksburg, Dowagiac had eight players with all-conference honors last season and only return two. Back are Caleb Murphy (first-team wide receiver) and Brenden Dudley (second-team punter).
Vicksburg won last season’s opener at Dowagiac 17-7. Two seasons ago, the Bulldogs dominated the Chieftains for a 35-0 win. Despite the recent success, Vicksburg is 4-9 all-time against Dowagiac, according to Michigan-Football.com.