Butler's new coach hopes to bring new attitude

By: Matt Barnes Email
By: Matt Barnes Email

Wednesday Aug. 19, 2009

If you drive by Butler high school, you'll see lots and lots of construction. But the construction isn't just limited to the building and football field, but also the football team, who hope to build a winning program of their own

The Bulldogs went 0 and 10 last season and haven'tt won a game since 2005. That's in the past now. Ashley Harden comes from Florida and takes over the head coaching spot -- and so far, he's brought a new attitude to this team. Just like winning can be contagious, so too can losing. That's why harden and the coaching staff are working hard on getting the team mentally strong this season before they even hit the field. Once that happens, there's one more goal they have in mind.

"Just to get better, each and every game," said Harden. "Do your best every game. If we can see improvement every game, that's what we're looking for. The wins and losses will take care of itself. We just want to do our assignments and see improvement each and every week."

"We've got to work harder," said senior Hakeem Thompson, "give it 100 percent every play, do what we gotta do and just stay mentally focused."

There are only six seniors on this year's team so there should plenty of opportunities for some of the younger guys to get some playing time. And thanks to construction on their track, the bulldogs may only get to play two home games this year, which only adds to the uphill climb the team has.

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