Decatur coach expects good things from Bulldog football teams

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Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS A pack of wild Bulldogs stampede a herd of wild Mustangs as one of the team’s running backs tries to blow through the defensive line during the Decatur-Midland varsity football game in Decatur on Sept. 24, 2021. The Bulldogs will transition back to 11-man football after four seasons in the 8-man league.

DECATUR – Both the Decatur Bulldog middle school and varsity football teams invested most of the week of July 11 obtaining the weight area updated. Due to the extreme heat the location has experienced over the past 6 weeks, the teams were only able to enter a light practice on Thursday and Friday to prepare for an additional team football camp in Berryville on July 18 and 19.

After these camps, Train Jake Denzer will certainly collect his troops with each other for the initial week of preseason drills on Aug. 1 to prepare for the initial game of the 2022 season at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur on Aug. 26 against Little Rock Episcopal.

But things will be various this period than in the past 4 years, with Decatur returning right into the 2A, Area 1, 11-man football organization. In 2018, the Bulldogs aided develop the 8-man football league. However, given that completion of the 2021-22 academic year, the Arkansas Activities Association realigned some of the teams, relocating colleges like Decatur back right into the 2A 11-man seminar, a step that pleased Denzer.

Yet the very same issue that afflicted Decatur in the past before the move to 8-man began to afflict this year’s senior high program. However Denzer found a solid proving in the junior high school team, particularly in his freshman course. He might relocate a few of these nine graders approximately the secondary school ranks.

And also, as in years past, the Decatur program grabbed a lot of gamers on the first day of school given that most of the senior high children have summertime work, with some helping with family services and assisting in the house.

The first day of classes is August 15, with the junior high school practice arranged for the very first hour while the senior high school will exercise throughout the athletic period at 2:30 p.m. In any case, Denzer anticipates his numbers will certainly grow sufficient that they will certainly have a great season this year.

Decatur Varsity Football schedule

08/26: Episcopal at Decatur 7 p.m.

09/02: Decatur at Carlisle, 7 p.m.

09/09: Yellville at Decatur, 7 p.m.

09/16: Decatur at Berryville, 7 p.m.

09/23: Magazine at Decatur, Homecoming, 7 p.m.

09/30: Decatur at Mountainburg, 7 p.m.

10/07: Decatur at Conway Christian, 7 p.m.

10/14: Hector at Decatur, 7 p.m.

10/21: Bye (open date), 7 p.m.

10/28: Decatur at JC Westside, 7 p.m.

11/04: Bigelow at Decatur, Senior Night, 7 p.m.

Decatur Junior High Football schedule

08/25: Gentry at Decatur.

09/01: Bye (open date).

09/08: Decatur at Yellville.

09/15: Decatur at Bigelow.

09/22: Decatur at Magazine.

09/29: Mountainburg at Decatur.

10/06: Conway Christian at Decatur.

10/13: Decatur at Hector.

10/20: Bye (open date).

10/27: JC Westside at Decatur.

All games start with the 7th grade at 5:30 p.m., followed by the junior high at 7 p.m.

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