While some of their peers are hitting snooze buttons, and some others are barely awake lounging on sofas eating breakfast pastries, the Bulldogs are already gathered as a team. They are geared up in the locker room, and out on the beautiful practice field getting their run on.
“We try and keep it really low key in the mornings,” said Head Coach of the Altus Bulldogs, Coach Jeremy Reed. “We work some special teams and conditioning.”
For a football fan, and especially for a Bulldog fan, this is exactly what you want to see. You want to see a team come together and work for what they get. Nothing comes easy, especially on the football field. Any success obtained on the gridiron should be pushed, exhausted, crawled, gnarled, bled, sweated, lifted, conditioned, scratched, pulled, leapt, leveraged, planned, striven and executed.
This coaching staff takes a great deal of pride in the work ethic they instill in their athletes. I, for one, appreciate seeing these kids up early and continuing to go after the goals this team has set for itself. Sometimes at the most random time, I might communicate with an area athlete that I know is dedicated to his craft and wants to get better. I usually ask them, “Did you do what it takes to get better today? Your opponent did.”
I know if someone asked me that, I know I would be amped enough to get in an extra rep, or 10. No team ever just walks right through a season filled with victories. They work for every success. It’s easy to give up and take a loss, or get beat on a block, or miss an assignment, or line up wrong. Those are easy to achieve and require absolutely no effort.
However, to be the best, and to beat the best, you have to invest yourself into every snap, sprint, tackle, block, route, film study, pass or kick.
An update to the scrimmage schedule has the Bulldogs’ second scrimmage in Lawton at Cameron’s field on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 6 p.m.
Every win in football comes at a great expense. I am very proud to see these Bulldogs are paying the price.
Reach Brad Gilbert@482-1221 ext.2076