It was not a good start for New Bloomfield on Saturday.
The Wildcats lost 74-37 at Harrisburg after falling behind 24-9 after the first quarter.
The Bulldogs (1-0) are coming off a 17-9 season when they defeated New Bloomfield (0-1) in the opening game 67-21. Harrisburg appeared to have intentions of winning by a big margin this year too as the Wildcats fell behind 51-19 going into halftime and then 66-32 after three.
Senior Trevor Jordan led New Bloomfield with his 15 points. He will be a senior the team depends on after losing six last year. Jordan was the fifth leading scorer on that team with his 6.4 average per game, which was behind the graduated Keaton Herron, Adam Deppe, Breycin Dysart and Joe Fuhriman.
Head coach Zach Buscher said Saturday was only the start to the season so he expects to be see improvement from his players this season.
"I'm excited to get the season underway," Buscher said. "We have a long way to go and a lot to learn, but I have faith in these guys that we'll get there."
New Bloomfield plays its next game Tuesday night at Calvary Lutheran, who will open its season. The Lions defeated the Wildcats 63-33 last season at New Bloomfield.