The Dublin Lions will continue to prepare for district play Friday night when they travel to Bosqueville (2A-DI) in what will be another test of Dublin’s strength.

Dublin (0-4) enters Friday’s game winless, but that isn’t the feeling you’d get inside the locker room.

Last week the Lions faced another tough foe in Breckenridge and found themselves trailing 21-3 at halftime. Dublin began the second half with the ball and almost created something magical in the game’s second half when they scored 17 unanswered points to draw within a possession of the Buckaroos, but storms in the area forced an end to the game with time on the clock and Breckenridge still leading.

“After the field goal we went into the locker room and talked about scoring right after we came back out. We played inspired football in the game’s second half,” said head coach Bob Cervetto. “We were right there. We played well enough to win. That’s against a good team too. They came in winless as well and had played some really stout teams and we’re proud in how we responded in the second half. If we can put four quarters together then maybe this week will be the one.”

The Bulldogs will enter Friday night as a team to take caution with. They have athletes all over the field and Cervetto has been stressing the importance of a disciplined defense.

“They’re a very athletic team and began the season ranked No. 12. We just need to go out, and it may sound cliche, but we need to come out hot and start fast and then finish it,” he said. “We need to be sure and not let them out-athlete us. They want to get their playmakers into space and we’re going to have to do a good job tackling.”

With another matchup against a highly-rated opponent looming, the Lions have made strides in each game so far this season, even if it doesn’t reflect on the team’s record.

“I think the second half last week was the first complete half of football that we’ve played all season,” said Cervetto. “Everyone was into the game. Coaches, players and everyone on the sideline. We played with some excitement and enthusiasm and we were executing. It was a fun time.

“If there’s five minutes left in the game I told them that we probably would have won it. But we had to ask ourselves if we improved from last week into this week. We need to be able to play our best football when district starts and we’re getting to that point. If we keep improving then we’ll reach our goal and that’s to be playing in week 12.”

The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Bosqueville.