By Sam Grubenhoff | 315-4476 | @GHoffNWFDN | [email protected]

FREEPORT— The Freeport Bulldogs have a handle on long bus rides.

In the middle of a four-game road trip, that’s to be expected. Now they need to get back in the win column.

Freeport is coming off a 49-14 loss to undefeated Chipley. Bulldogs coach Shaun Arntz said in the week leading up to the game his upstart Freeport team would learn much from measuring up against one of the elite teams in Region 1-1A.

The Bulldogs (3-4) learned they need to be “more physical,” Arntz said.

“The talent’s there,” Arntz said. “The ingredients are there. We just need to put them all together at the right time.

“Football’s a physical game, and we were not very physical last week.”

The stats support Arntz’ hypothesis.

Chipley ran all over Freeport. Junior running back Kelvin Dean Jr. carried the ball 23 times for 233 yards and four touchdowns. His backup — a term that can be used loosely — junior Andrew Lawton carried the ball 12 times for 143 yards. The Tigers finished with 445 yards and five touchdowns on the ground, eye-popping numbers for one sideline and stomach-churning for the other.

“Chipley’s a really good football team,” Arntz said. “We’d of had to do a lot of things right to win that game, but we certainly didn’t help ourselves at all by being completely outmanned and allowing them to be more physical than we were.”

Come Monday, Arntz and his staff were able to find the positives. Mental mistakes, he said, were kept in check for the most part. The Bulldogs kept putting themselves in the correct positions to make plays, but again, a lack of physicality prevented them from doing so; the players who usually fill the role of the

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