Pigskin Preview: North Platte Bulldogs
North Platte hopes to protect late game leads this season
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -
When North Platte hit the gridiron this week for its first full week of team practices, they knew it was something they couldn’t take for granted.
“That’s just an experience a lot of people aren’t going to get, so I’m thankful for the season we’re getting so far,” said running back Gavyn Brauer who is entering his senior year.
In an offseason that was filled with uncertainty, head coach Todd Rice wanted his players to know that their well-being was a top priority and kept in contact with them as the pandemic progressed.
“Just trying to reassure everybody that we’re going to be OK, we’re here for you, then trying to get to a stage of normalcy,” Rice said.
Last years Bulldogs team let several fourth quarter leads slip away, playing a full sixty-minute game is something players and coaches are preaching to do this season.
“We need to fight until the clock says zero, because last year we obviously didn’t do that and then we lost a lot of close games that we should have won,” said Cody Wright.
Head coach Todd Rice is hoping the team will take last years disappointing results and use it as motivation for the upcoming season and realizing how close the team is to being a team capable of reaching the playoffs.
“I hope our guys use that as a little of bit of fuel to come back and work that much harder and realize how close we are.”
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