When Rolla High School football head coach Willie Howard looks at Springfield Glendale, he sees a lot of similarities to his Bulldogs.
Way, too many similarities.
The Bulldogs host the Glendale Falcons tonight in the RHS Homecoming Game. Kickoff at Lions Memorial Field is set for 7 p.m.
It is also a matchup of the lone winless teams in the Ozark Conference. Both teams share a spot in the OC basement with 0-6 overall and league marks.
That tie will be broken tonight.
"They're kind of like us," Howard said. "When they play well they can move the ball. Defensively we've kind of had the same struggles in giving up the big plays and put ourselves in a position to play catch-up."
Howard hopes that homecoming gives the Bulldogs a little extra.
"Homecoming kind of brings the excitement back up," he said. "We've got to continue to try and get better; you can't accept what has happened, you've got to try to do something about it.
"I told the kids to look at the district standings; we've still got a chance to get on a roll and get a three or four seed and host a district game."
However, that roll must begin tonight, as the Bulldogs take on a Falcon squad that has struggled just as much.
Last week Rolla was beaten on the road by Camdenton 49-12 while Glendale had its highest-scoring game of the year in falling to Springfield Parkview 37-21.
The Falcons have been shut out twice and are averaging just 10.5 points while allowing an average of 34.5.
Glendale had to completely reload in the offensive backfield due to graduation this fall. However, Howard said the trio of senior quarterback Tyler Marion, senior fullback Chandler Klien and running back Josh Buchanan are capable.
"Last week we had over 480 yards of total offense and could only score three touchdowns because we turned it over six times," said Glendale head coach Tyler Overstreet. "Stuff like that continues to plague us. It will be two struggling teams in similar situations."
"Their running back does a nice job with the ball," Howard said. "They have a nice power running game; their fullback is a nice lead-blocker. And the quarterback has the ability ro run it or throw it."
RHS hopes its offense puts it all together this week after showing flashes on and off all fall. The key is to eliminate turnovers that have probably cost the squad a few victories.
"What I see in Rolla is they're really good up front on both sides of the ball," Overstreet said. "They're a team that is very fundamentally sound. It will be a challenge."
Page 2 of 2 - Bulldog junior running back Andy Satulla has 793 rushing yards (5.4 yards-per-carry) and five touchdowns to lead the offensive charge.
Sophomore quarterback Kyle Morris has hit on 50-of-109 passes for 552 yards, four interceptions and three TDs.
Satulla has caught 12 passes for 171 yards, senior wideout Jared McBride 12 receptions for 137 yards and two TDs and junior wideout Bradley Lohr 11 receptions for 107 yards.
Senior defensive back Joe Drallmeier has 27 solo tackles and nine assists for 36 total tackles and two interceptions for the Bulldog defense while junior linebacker Billy Brookshire has 23 solo tackles and eight assists and senior defensive back Ben Maples has 30 tackles.
Rolla will be without starting senior defensive lineman Kaan Kutman, who suffered a neck injury in last week's game. Kutman, who has 30 tackles and two QB sacks, wanted to play tonight but Howard said he will be held out at least one more week.
Also, junior receiver-defensive back Aita Ikuenobe, who suffered a broken wrist last week, had surgery and will miss the rest of the season.