Bowman County football is no stranger to change recently. Last year they had a first-year head coach and moved up from 9-man to Class A.
This year, the Bulldogs are revamping their offense, thanks to a new addition on the coaching staff.
Nick Walker is Bowman County’s newest offensive coordinator, and the former Dickinson State quarterbacks coach is already making an impression on his new team.
“He’s hard,” running back Alex Madrigal said.
“He’s a pretty strict coach, which is good,” guard and linebacker Parker Lambourn said.
“If you don’t pay attention, he’ll take you out so you can learn from your mistake,” Madrigal said.
The Bulldogs have been learning quite a bit since Walker arrived, because his offensive scheme isn’t what they’re used to.
“Last year we were kind of a power, run it down your throat team,” Lambourn said. “This year we’re trying to be more of a finesse, run around you type team. It’s a big difference but I think we’re adapting well.”
Second-year head coach Todd Frie agrees, and says Walker’s smarts on offensive benefits both the players and his fellow coaches.
“Having him to lead that ship, steer that ship is going to be good. I can focus more on special teams,” head coach Todd Frie said.
“Coach Walker’s a very experienced coach and is very popular. I think he’s helping teach Coach Frie some things and I think it’s vice versa,” Lambourn said.
It may be early in the season, but the players say Walker’s already making his mark on the team.
“It’s just a whole new fire behind us. It’s a new energy, and it’s good. I like it,” defensive end Nate Boehm said.
Walker declined to talk with us on camera, but his work on the offense speaks for itself.
The Bulldogs put up 75 points in their opening win against New Town.