Bulldogs show lots of bite in Spring Game
ACHS head football coach Doug Moreau saw what he wanted to see at the Bulldogs spring football game Saturday: competition, leadership and effort.
“I just wanted to see people compete and I saw a good bit of competition,” Moreau said after his team competed head-to-head in teams of 11 for almost two hours.
“We had everybody here playing, nobody didn’t get to play and we all played equal reps.”
Moreau said at times the team was a little rusty with the news kids either missing a block or having a physical mismatch with an older player, but he said he thinks they competed and “that’s the main thing.”
The Bulldogs return several key players from last year’s team that advanced to the playoffs, but was eliminated in the first round. A key returnee is the quarterback, D.J. Latino, who will be in his senior season and second year starting under center. Moreau said Latino did a good job last year learning the new system and by the end of the season “he had a lot of confidence in himself.”
“I think he’s picked up where he left off,” Moreau said about Latino. “He’s an unselfish player and he’ll do fine for us I’m real excited about it. He can throw, the can run and he makes decisions. Anytime you return a quarterback it allows you to throw a whole bunch.”
Moreau said the Bulldogs were able to get in twice as much offense as they normally do at this time because so many returned. In the backfield, ACHS lost only Wade Bailey and everybody else returns.
Despite the several returnees, the fate of the Bulldogs’ upcoming season lies in the power of the offensive and defensive linemen. Moreau said overall he was pleased with their effort Saturday and the defense did a pretty good job with the new 3-3 scheme.
“I think it fits our system well,” Moreau said. “We don’t have any big lineman other than Delmond Landry who’ll be at the nose guard. The ends are going to be smaller guys who compete real hard.”
The Bulldogs’ linebacking core comes right back in tack from last year and the secondary has a couple of new faces but they are all guys “who can play,” Moreau said.
“We move from a four deep secondary to a three deep secondary with two strong safeties,” Moreau said, “which I think well do fine with.
The Bulldogs will take a few weeks off before coming back for summer workouts on June 3rd to prepare for 2013 season.