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The Alvord Bulldogs went to work Monday morning looking to fill vacancies on their offensive line. Alvord is very thin up front, and with a lower-than-expected turnout Monday morning things got even more difficult.
“The kids that we had showed great effort,” head coach Curtis Enis said. “Most handled the conditioning. I really liked the effort, and they were flying around.”
Alvord had 48 kids report on the first day, which was about a dozen fewer than Enis expected. He anticipates that number may rise to around 53 by the end of the week.
“We were counting on some kids to be there that weren’t,” Enis said. “It obviously hurts us depth-wise.”
The Bulldogs have some experience returning at the skill positions, but the offensive line and linebacker positions are suffering for depth.
According to Enis, a few kids that were expected to be junior varsity linemen this season will be pushed into varsity duty this year. He will also have to shift an experienced secondary to fill linebacker roles.
“We are going to have to play some young and inexperienced kids,” Enis said.
If the youngsters can adapt to the varsity level quickly, Alvord should be able to take advantage of their skill players.
Joe Randall returns to lead the offense after rushing for over 1,000 yards as a sophomore, and quarterback Cassidy Patterson is back after starting five games last season.
Keelan Nivens should also make a big impact offensively.