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BHS grid outlook: Win ‘bunch’ of games


The Bearden High School football team is trying to prove that the old saying, "Hard work pays off" really works in its upcoming 2005 season.

After a miserable 2004 season with a 1-9 overall record, the Bulldogs made a commitment to do whatever it takes to win in 2005.

"We started back and made a commitment back in January to do whatever we needed to do to give ourselves a chance to win this year," BHS head coach Paul Maynard said. "We had an awesome winter, spring, and we have carried it on over through the summer and we're excited about it. Its gone great, the kids worked out really hard."


As a result, Maynard said the mentality on this year's team is positive. "Like I said, we made a commitment a long time ago and we understand that we were one-and-nine last year and going into this first game how many people will pick us to win the first game when we were one-and-nine? Probably not too many, we just have to go out there and prove them wrong," he said.

"We are going to go out there in the beginning as underdogs but I think we are going to prove people wrong,” he added.

“Bearden is going to win a bunch of games this year."

Place-kicker/punter Matt Reagan’s hard work and talent is paying off in major college scholarship offers from two-time defending national champion Southern California and the ACC’s Duke Blue Devils.

"You can’t beat Duke’s academics, but you can’t beat the football program at USC, I mean, they’re the best in the country,” said Reagan, who nailed field goals of 56 and 52 yards in an Aug. 5 scrimmage at Kingston. “Pete Carroll [USC head football coach] is a great guy. I went to their senior football camp and it had a lot of energy.

“Distance may be an issue but I really loved the campus when I got to look around,” he added. “My parents support me no matter where I go"

TEAM OUTLOOK

With 18 of the possible 22 starters returning, the Bulldogs look to use that to their advantage. But with a lot of inexperienced players on the bench, BHS needs some games to allow some of the younger players to get in some experience.

"Our weakness is depth. We have got a boatload of sophomores capable of lining up and playing but they don’t have any experience, so our weakness is going to be depth right now until we can get some game experience in for those sophomores," Maynard said.

"Midway through the season they will have the experience they need and we expect big things from them, but right now we don’t have enough experienced people ready to play."

Sophomore quarterback Dawson Halliday will remain the starter after finishing the final three games last season.

Senior Eric Pickle will start at tailback and sophomores Torey Works and Nathan Hamilton will see time at the position as well.

Senior Adam Canter and sophomore Brandon Pemberton will battle it out for playing time at fullback. Canter started last season at fullback before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

The offensive line will be anchored by seniors Shane Fredenberg and Ryan Blackburn. Junior Peter Melloy also returns to the line as a starter.

Sophomores Wes Moore and Jarrett Davis will be competing for the starting spot at center while sophomores Peter Shankles and Ryne Goodrich may see playing time on the offensive line as well.

"Shankles and Goodrich are two kids who could possibly work themselves into the starting lineup," Maynard said.

Seniors Iiran Rogers, Forrest Sawyer, Drew Snider, J.W. Deaver and junior Zack Jackson will see time at wide receiver and senior Jordan Maynard will make the transition from receiver to tight end.

On the defensive side of the ball, Pickle, Canter and Lewis will all be returning starters at linebacker. Maynard returns as a starting defensive end and senior Thomas Wiley makes the transition from linebacker to defensive end.

Melloy returns as a starting defensive tackle and sophomore Peter Shankles will start at nose guard.

The defensive backfield remains identical from last year with senior Philip Dampf, junior Dontae Bunch, Rogers and Jackson returning as starters.

Working under Maynard are assistant coaches are Ron Gray, Hunter Fendley, Chuck Rouse, Zac Beasley, Jason Andersen, Reed Lindsey, Brian Tanner, Jamie Miller and Mark Blevins.

 

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