By: Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Last week the Chelsea Bulldogs welcomed the community to the newly renovated Jerry Niehaus field for a chance to see the junior varsity and varsity squads duel it out in a scrimmage enjoy a community BBQ and meet first-year head coach Josh Lucas.
The junior varsity and varsity teams split the field in half, with junior varsity on one side and varsity on the other. First team players went in, simulating drives and situations while subbing players frequently and rotating whole units in and out for playing time.
Senior quarterback Quinn Starkey started with the first-team offense while junior quarterback Kyle Knight took reps with the second team and also spent some time as a slot receiver and halfback.
“Both those guys we’re going to have play some quarterback, our plan is to just kind of ease them into it,” said Lucas. “It’s a new system for both. We’ll try to play them both, whether one is playing quarterback and the other running back or our slot receiver, or one wideout. We’re going to try and find ways to get those guys on the field because they’re both playmakers.”
After watching film, junior running back Mitch Reynolds stood out to Lucas in the scrimmage, with both of his touches accounting for touchdowns
Next year, the Bulldogs will return six starters total, four on offense and two on defense, but also return a large number of players with quality playing time.
After the first week of two a day practices, Lucas liked what he saw from his team, with the same staff in place he expected the defense to be a consistent for the team. On offense, he talked about their playmakers but needing to figure out things on the offensive line.
After the scrimmage, Josh spoke to an assembled community members thanking them for coming out to see the boys play. He reiterated how excited he was not only for the upcoming football season, but to be in a community like Chelsea.
“Everybody has told me about the community,” Lucas said to The Sun Times. “It’s one of those things, you believe it and then all of the sudden you get to experience it firsthand. It’s one of the main reasons why my wife and I decided it was a position we could move to, because of that sense of community. Having the support from the community and everyone supporting the team and the kids. It’s exciting. It’s what I’m used to, growing up in Hudsonville. For me to be where I’m at, it can be overwhelming at times, coming here trying to replace Brad. At the same time its super exciting with the type of kids we have, the community support we have. From top to bottom everyone has been awesome to me and my family and the kids and players.”