The Douglas Bulldogs concluded their first full week in pads with a brief practice Saturday morning all in preparation for this Thursday’s controlled scrimmage with the Buena Colts.
Bulldog running back Dylan Guerrero finds a hole in practice last week as the Bulldogs continue preparations for Thursday night's scrimmage with Buena. The controlled scrimmage will start at 6 p.m. at Armando DeLucas Stadium.
Bulldog football coach Dick Keith said Saturday things went really well for the most part.
“We’re still looking for kids in certain positions,” he said.
The coach said he and his coaches have got their offensive and defensive line personnel figured out as well as the tight end.
“Our No. 1 and 2 running backs throughout the season will be Dillon (Guerrero) and Grant (Watkins),” the coach said. “Blaze (Rose) will be at QB. There will be a lot of other people working in and out trying to give those three somewhat of a breather.”
The coach said a lot of the players will have to go both ways which has been the case in previous years.
“I’ve got a good feeling about it,” he said. “I hope to know more after our scrimmage on Thursday.”
Coach Keith said the kids are “tired of beating up on each other” and are looking forward to seeing someone else for a change.
“They want to see what they got against someone else and Buena will be a good test for us,” the coach said. “They’re a 5A school, they play a really tough schedule and they’re definitely a good test for us.”
Injury wise the coach said there have been a few slight concussions that have been flaring up and the DHS trainers have been taking extra precautions with those players.
Friday, Aug. 10 was the last day Keith would allow players to come out for the team this year. That day he had several new players show up who are now behind schedule because they have to have the state mandatory 10 practices in before they can even put on pads and have contact.
“We’ll try to work these kids in as the season goes on and see what happens,” he said. “Right now we have 37 players on the varsity roster.”
Coach Keith said Rose, a sophomore, continues to show improvement in practice.
“He misses some of his throws and things like that but he’s such a natural back there,” the coach said. “He’s not big but he’s strong and fast … he’s got a small frame but he’s very intelligent. He loves to play the ball; throws a great ball.”
The coach said with a solid line in front of him and Watkins and Guerrero to help him in the backfield, Rose should be okay leading this team.
At tight end the coach is auditioning Matt Nelson along with Jason Linden and James Bresenio.
Nelson will play tight end against Buena while Linden and Bresenio will be at right tackle and guard.
Coach Keith will be sending some of his coaches out tonight to scout Empire’s scrimmage with Catalina and on Friday to scout Safford vs. Tanque Verde.
Empire, Safford and Catalina are all on Douglas’ schedule this year.
Douglas has six home games and four road games this year.
Catalina will be homecoming on Oct. 4; Bisbee will be Mom and Dad’s night on Oct. 19.