By Bobbie Brown
I drove around to the backside of Jones Stadium at the back of the big hill in Spur to find many trucks parked. It was 6:00AM and still very dark. I made my way to the practice field behind the weight room and saw a flash of shininess from the street light bouncing off the top of the bulldog’s helmets. I know Spur and understand that in that area you might find a rattlesnake at any moment. That’s the first question I asked of Coach Clark when I found him in the dark watching the bulldogs run. He hates snakes and insisted that Coach Conrad had only killed one across the street by the back entrance to the field house. But that one snake was a baby. And where there is one baby rattlesnake, there are more! And the Bulldogs continued to run quickly in the dark, not bothered in the least by snakes.
It would take about an hour before the sun came up, but the Bulldogs were hard at work. I hope none of you have to play them in the dark! Defensive and offensive drills. Sprints. Footwork drills. Catching, kicking, blocking… the list goes on. All 23 Bulldogs worked hard.
Coach Clark in his third year at Spur and first at the helm had great things to say about his team. They have a very experienced Junior class. Two returning players earned All-Region honors last year. Spur is extremely athletic, and if they work together under Coach Clark’s tutelage, they may end up being a contender in Region 1. They’ve been hiding their talent. Don't underestimate the Bulldogs this year!
PS. No snakes were found nor injured during the visit to Spur
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