The Douglas Bulldogs wrapped up their first full week of full contact with a Saturday morning practice at Armando de Lucas Stadium.

The first week came at a cost however as two Bulldogs suffered injuries.

Lineman Jorge Bernal broke his ankle on Thursday and is out for the season.

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On Friday junior Christian Estella injured his shoulder and is expected to miss the next two to three weeks. Estrella had been recently profiled in the Arizona Daily Star as one of the top 25 projected players in southern Arizona this coming season. His coaches are reporting that he is already getting contacted from several major universities

Second year coach James Fitzgerald said all in all the first week of contact went pretty well.

“It’s always nice when the pads go on and the kids get a chance to hit,” he said. “It brings a lot of excitement to the kids as well as the coaching staff.”

The Bulldogs spent the previous week in Round Valley.

Coach Fitz said it was good for his team to get away from Douglas and work on developing that team chemistry they will need to get them through the season.

“I really feel this team bonded and the guys at the top brought some of the lower level guys up to their level, that’s what you want,” he said.

Varsity football captain Andres Moreno said he enjoyed the camp and is excited for the season. “It was a really good team bonding experience, at first it was different it was a struggle but we pulled through but once we got the ball started rolling we didn’t stop,” he said. 

Coach Fitzgerald explained the camp provided the players with team bonding, team offense and defense drills, as well as high elevation conditioning.

“It was a great experience for the boys and I believe they made some big strides as a team, it's a step in the right direction for the Douglas program to build off of,” he said.

The coach said this team has worked extremely hard during the off season in order to be better prepared for the next 12 weeks.

“They just need to continue now to take care of all the little things like hydrating, stretching, watching film and stuff like that,” the coach said.

The Bulldogs will scrimmage the Morenci Wildcats this Friday night at 6 p.m. in Morenci.

Coach Fitz said he picked Morenci as his scrimmage because of the success of their program.

“They are continually a playoff team,” he said. “They made it to the quarterfinals last year. I wanted to find us a tough southern Arizona opponent to scrimmage.”

The Bulldogs then kick off the regular season Aug. 17 at Tanque Verde before hosting Bisbee Aug. 24 in the home opener which is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Armando de Lucas Stadium.


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