The start of high school football season is finally here.

The Douglas Bulldogs and their new head coach Hunter Long will wrap up eight weeks of volunteer workouts this week and hold their first official practice of the season on Monday, July 29 at 4:30 p.m. at the practice field behind the DHS gymnasium.

Players, who have their required paperwork turned in to the athletic office, will report to the DHS equipment room early that morning where they will be fitted for their helmets, pads and other practice gear.

Long says he pretty much has his assistant coaches complete.

Joining him as his quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator this year will be Sergio Rivera who played for the Bisbee Pumas in 2008-09.

Aaron Hill, a former Bulldog lineman himself, has been brought onboard to coach the offensive line.

Richard Ross will be the head junior varsity and assistant quarterbacks coach.

Uriel Cortez will help coach the linebackers and serve as the defensive coordinator for the junior varsity.

Jason Sanez is the defensive backs and wide receivers coach. Bobby Long, Hunter’s dad, is a volunteer assistant who will help coach the offensive and defensive lines.

Auggie Ballesteros is also a volunteer assistant as is Charles and Clint Hill.

Hunter said based on the numbers he is seeing at the moment he does not anticipate having a freshman team this year.

The Bulldogs will scrimmage Morenci Friday, Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. at Armando de Lucas Stadium. The scrimmage is open free to the public.

Douglas kicks off its season a week later, Friday, Aug. 23 with a 7 p.m. home game against the Tanque Verde Hawks.

On Friday, Aug. 30 the Bulldogs head to Bisbee for what will be the 150th showdown between the two schools. Douglas won the game handily last year but then had to give up The Pick due to an AIA rules infraction.

Coach Long announced the Bulldogs will be out the week of Aug. 7-14 selling their Gold Cards. This is a fundraiser for the team. Funds raised will allow them to purchase equipment they need for the team.

The coach is asking for the community’s support as they sell these cards. The cost is $20 per card and includes discounts to a number of local and area businesses.

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