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Holdover BHS coaches impress Wilson
Bulldog football team has non-contact drills throughout summer

Though Paul Maynard didn’t enjoy as much success as desired in four years as Bearden High School football head coach, he left behind a few coaching gems.

So says new BHS skipper Bill Wilson.

"That's what's impressed me most about Bearden High School is the dedication out of these young coaches. ... To be honest, they intimidated my coaches [formerly at West],” the legendary former WHS Rebel coach said about holdover BHS assistants Jamie Miller, Brad Taylor, Hunter Findley, Brian Tanner, Reed Lindsey and Chuck Rouse. "They were young, I knew that, but I didn't know how excited and gung-ho they were as coaches.

"My old coaches, they were impressed with how these guys took over."

Since the end of school up to the current "dead" period mandated by TSSAA — no coach-supervised workouts on campus — Wilson's Bulldogs were on a workout schedule from 7 to 9 a.m., Monday through Thursday, and non-contact/no pads practices Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The "dead" period started June 26 and runs through July 9.

As for his fall 2006 players, "I'm not really sure about their athletic ability — we really didn't have time to deal with that [in spring practice] because we were trying to put in some stuff — but the effort we got out of them, especially in the Oak Ridge scrimmage, has made it a fun summer," Wilson said. "They're dedicating themselves unbelievable to trying to win some football games next year at Bearden. That has impressed me with these kids.

"I think we got a core group that wants football to succeed at Bearden High School," Wilson added. "I think some of our seniors are ready to step up and be leaders. I feel real good about that. ... No matter what area I go into with that group of football players, it seems to be positive."

Conditioning-wise, "I think we're exactly where we need to be," Wilson said. "It concerns me in the two-week dead period, 'will they push themselves like they've been pushed every day during workouts?' We've had four coaches at workouts, we've hit every aspect of workouts from conditioning to weightlifting to speed."

With the new Wilson regime, the coach said Bearden's defense will be "some version" of a 44 alignment. Offensively, BHS "will be a little bit of everything, but a lot of it will be the [shot]gun."

In addition to work on offense and defense, "in the last two practices, we've actually put in the kickoff team and the kickoff return team," Wilson said. "We'll continue that after the dead period. The kicking game can waste a lot of time during practice, I mean you just can't run down the field five hundred times. ... We want to make sure these kids know exactly what to do in the kicking game, 'cause it's a vital part of our season."

The summer season also includes June flag football, as the Bulldogs squared off against South-Doyle Thursday, June 22.


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