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Promising effort versus Kingston for Maynard’s Bulldogs during week 1

With an active defense and a strong running game, Paul Maynard’s Bearden High School football team ended its first full week of pre-season drills on a high note during a scrimmage against Kingston Friday.

“It went good,” coach Maynard said. “We’ve made progress all through camp week (beginning at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville). We got better each day.”

Against Kingston, “Defensively, we ran well to the ball,” Maynard said about an inexperienced defense he labeled as having excellent potential but is largely untested.

“We had eleven people just flying to the ball, and that impressed me because we had gone against Central (Thursday, Aug. 5) and they had so much team speed that that concerned me because they did a good job running and we didn’t.”

Though Central has superior team speed as compared to Kingston, “Kingston’s probably one of the most physical teams we play,” Maynard said. “(Coach) Vic King does a good job with those kids, and year-in, year-out they’re going to be a physical bunch of kids.”

Offensively at BHS, a strong foundation is apparently being laid with an offensive line Maynard labels as the strength of the team. “They’re playing well, they’re experienced, they’re seasoned veterans,” the Bulldogs’ skipper said.

Maynard also pointed to early flashes of success from his tailbacks.

“Iiran Rogers, he’s been running the ball well,” the coach said about his speedy junior tailback who’ll be trying to stay healthy after two injury-plagued seasons. “Jenard Davis (senior), he’s running the ball well for us. That’s been a pleasant surprise.”

In addition to the scrambling and running talent of projected starting quarterback, junior Eric Pickle, “right now I’m thinking we’re going to have three people on the offensive side of the ball capable of running the ball up and down the field,” Maynard said.

As for the passing game, “we’ve got a ways to go with it,” the coach said of Pickle and a host of receivers, most of whom are new or inexperienced.

Maynard said his team had not suffered any serious injuries through Monday’s practice.


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