Comfort scrimmage boosts AD’s confidence; gearing up for opener

After the second controlled scrimmage last Thursday evening in Comfort, Brady coach Davy DuBose felt a lot better about his Bulldog varsity footballers. “We were much improved over our first scrimmage against San Saba,” he said. “I believe we are getting a little bit of team chemistry and we are showing signs of gelling.” He said his charges played with some emotion against the Class 2A Bobcats and were more vocal; showing some excitement. “We just were overall a much better football team,” he added. The Bulldogs handled the Bobcats pretty well. With the offensive line laying the blocks, Johnny Menefield, entering his senior year as a three-year starter, ripped off a couple of 50+ touchdown runs. “Clifton Tally, a 165-pound junior who will be handling the quarter-backing duties this season, threw the ball much better. He still needs to get better, but he did a good job,” the coach said. I felt our entire offensive unit mixed it up better than they did last week, throwing the ball and running it. “We threw on first down some and simulated our offensive game plan like we would in a regular season game,” he said. Following a 15-play offense against the opponent’s defense, the two teams played a “live one quarter of football” in game-like conditions. The Bulldogs won that phase 16-7 with Tally passing to Branan Lawrence for an 18-yard touchdown and defensive back Blake Raybion taking an interception pass of 30 yards for another. To boot, kicker Jody Jones kicked a 34-yard field goal. In the receiving department, DuBose said he felt the entire corps did well. Lawrence and Zach Brown each had fine receptions. Mario Solis sparked the running game with a 30-yard scamper during the “live” session. Defensively, DuBose said the Bulldogs played much better than their first scrimmage. “I was especially pleased with the inside linebacker play of four players’Jeremy Shields, Solis, Carter McBee and Gabriel Bernal,” he said. The Bulldogs overall were in much better physical condition in the Comfort clash. “I just think the entire team is responding to the new system. I believe that the ‘light’ is coming on and they are grasping the concept of what we want them to do. They were much more aggressive this outing. The staff was worried about this phase, but not any more,” DuBose said. When asked if he felt the varsity team was ready for the season opener Friday when the Dogs host Coleman, the coach responded, “I’ve been a head coach for 25 years, and I don’t think I’ve ever been satisfied with the squad’s readiness for the first game. I’ve always wished we had one more week.” He continued by saying he knew close to nothing about any of the team’s opponents, but regardless of that, the Doggies will be taking the field at 7:30 p.m. Friday against the Bluecats, attempting to avenge last year’s 22-21 upset.

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