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’Dawgs open grid season on the Plateau
Cumberland County’s ‘basic, simple, aggressive’ attack awaits Bearden Friday

The Bearden Bulldogs open up the 2005 football season with a big physical Cumberland County High School team Friday in Crossville. Gametime is 8 p.m EDT, 7 p.m. CDT.

“Their kids are going to play hard every single snap and are going to bring it at you offensively and defensively, so they are going to bring it at you and smack you right between the eyes, It’s just good old aggressive football,” BHS head coach Paul Maynard said. “They are basic and simple and they just come out and come at you.”

As for what Maynard expects to see from the Cumberland County offense, “we will see a little bit of the option probably which going into the first game we aren’t one-hundred percent sure about because the only thing we have is a scrimmage tape,” Maynard said. “So, going into the first game we anticipate a little bit of the option and try to close off the outside and try to keep the running plays to the inside. “But the big thing that they bring to the table is that they play hard and they have got some big physical kids that play extremely hard.”

The Bulldogs unofficially began its 2005 season with an 8-0 loss to Fulton in the annual Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic Kickoff Classic in Neyland Stadium Friday, Aug.12.

“It was a busted play where Fulton started out with a sweep to one side of the ball with it and he broke it all the way across the field and he ended up running it sixty-plus yards,” Maynard said. The run by Dennis Rogan set up a three-yard touchdown run and then a converted pass for the two-point conversion. “You know it is not a designed play they just had an athlete that bounced it across and ended up running it the length of the field and scored on us,” Maynard said.

Other than that one play, Maynard feels that his team did okay in their first outing of the season. “I was without three defensive backs and a starting linebacker, so I was minus four people on the defensive side of the ball so what they hurt us with was when I had other people in there that weren’t quite ready yet,” Maynard said. “Offensively we moved the ball on them and we saw some good things moving the ball on them.

“You are looking at Fulton regardless of whether it is Five-A or Two-A or Three-A or whatever, Fulton has got a heck of a football team,” Maynard added. “So we went out and they got one big play on us and other than that we did okay, considering our starting quarterback was out and we were trying to look at new personnel on offense and still evaluating and we had some people out we did alright.”

As for the injury to starting quarterback Dawson Halliday, “It’s a muscle injury nothing torn or nothing like that just one of those nagging injuries that is going to keep you out for a week and a half or whatever,” Maynard said. “But all those kids [who were out in the Jamboree] are expected back Friday.

“We are ready to go we have been trying to screw up the loose ends in the last week and a half the kids are still battling for a position here and there and we are trying to get some kids healthy but come Friday night we are going to be ready,” Maynard added.


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