Bulldogs playing numbers game
DECATUR — A numbers crunch has again hit the Bulldogs as just about a baker’s dozen players were suited up for practice Thursday. New coach Ryan Woolard said the focus of the new coaching staff was to get numbers up.
The Bulldogs have battled this situation for years, at times seeing the season teetering on the edge, but have always managed to recruit players when classes start. Woolard is hoping for similar results.
“We’re just trying to get numbers out,” Woolard said. “It’s on the edge. We’re trying to get more kids out every night.”
Woolard said the program needed around 20 players to compete in the 2A-4 Conference. He said a couple of players who were expected to be with the team have not made it to a practice, but he was confident they would join the team soon.
Coaches are calling potential players and also taking to social media to try to add numbers, Woolard said.
“Last year at this time they only had like five out,” Woolard said. “We’ve had consistently 10 or so that have been here every day, and more are coming every day. We’re doing everything we can right now.”
Decatur was a state runner-up last spring at the state track meet. The coaching staff is hoping to build off of that success this fall, Woolard said.