Varsity Bulldogs in heat of summer preparation
By Brandon Park
The 2008-09 Bulldogs traded in their positions on the gridiron last Thursday for a position behind the checkout register at Ingle's Supermarket.
A mandatory off-week required by the Georgia High School Association allowed for a fundraising opportunity in which several members of the team assisted customers with the bagging of their groceries.
The funds collected will go towards the new "paint job" on next season's headgear. The new helmet will feature a sparkling, glitter look because of a metal flake added into the paint.
For some high school students, summertime means freedom from the everyday grind of life. But for the football team, it is simply a continuation of the regular season with two months of preparation, practice and training.
Summer training kicked off in early June where the team spent three days at the Apalachee High School football camp. Training and instruction included individual morning exercises combined with afternoon team practices.
Immediately following, quarterbacks and receivers reported to the Furman College campus in Greenville, S.C. for individual skills training.
"That is the best camp in the Southeast," Head Coach Bill Malone said. "We are real glad we had the support of the touchdown club and were able to spend some time up there."
While at the Furman camp, the quarterbacks worked on their mechanics while the receivers focused on their route running and receiving techniques, Malone said.
Regular workouts resumed Monday. Two weeks of weight-training and skill practicing will lead into the opening of mini camp, scheduled for July 21.
"We are looking better than we did last year," Malone said. "Our main concern, however is defensively with the inside linebackers."
For Malone and his coaching staff, the transition into Division 3A has been tops on the list for their summer preparation. "The question this year is what is our competition going to look like," Malone said. "With the change of divisions, I don't know anything about who we are playing because we have not faced them in the past. We are really curious in seeing just how successful [the team] can be. We have been a vary successful program and we are looking forward to the opportunity."
Malone, in his second year as head coach, said his philosophy and expectations of his players are the same as they were the first day he arrived at Morgan County High School, fifteen years ago.
"I have always expected the best out of our kids," he said. "I have expected not only for them to do what we ask athletically, but I expect them to be good citizens and good role models."