Bulldogs football will build new core of players

By Lauri Voter - Staff Writer
Stafford - posted Fri., Aug. 24, 2012
Stafford Bulldogs' football coaches are assessing players and positions as it rebuilds its core. Photos by Lauri Voter.
Stafford Bulldogs' football coaches are assessing players and positions as it rebuilds its core. Photos by Lauri Voter.

Stafford High School's football team will see a new core of players emerge this season, as it juggles players through the ranks after losing seven seniors from last year's team. Defensive coordinator Casey Reppel was drilling the Bulldogs at a pre-season practice on Aug. 22. He said that those seniors were all major players. “They were the core of our team. However, we do have some good juniors coming up. They're eager to fill the spots, and I think they can,” he said.

Reppel added that while the Bulldogs are still determining their game strategies, building the team around the new players and what they will bring to the table will be key. "You can never really replace someone completely, but you can make a new player,” he said.
Some players may switch positions, although Reppel said that for now, nothing is set in stone.

Senior Zach Rollins, who plays quarterback and running back, said he thinks the season will go well in spite of losing senior linemen last year. He anticipates that upcoming scrimmages will help assess players and positions. 

Freshman Bulldog Dylan Snay has played eight years of youth football as running back and linebacker. “I wanted to continue it in high school,” said Snay, who is excited about the upcoming season and feels that the combination of experienced and new players will be a good blend. “I can't wait for the first game,” he said. 

“I think we're going to have a real successful season,” said Reppel. Some of the teams the Bulldogs hope to beat this season are Avon, Ellington, Enfield and Coventry. “I feel like everyone's beatable in this division.”

Follow the Bulldogs' progress at www.casciac.org.    


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