Bull­dogs play­ing num­bers game

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE - Chip Souza con­trib­uted to this re­port.

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.

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