AUGUSTA, Ga---Eevery football coach's number one priority is getting kids to come out for the team. That's the only way to find talent and add depth. Iit's a problem faced by the Butler Bulldogs on a yearly basis but even more so this time around after an winless 2006.
Try convincing a young man to take the field with a group of guys that not only went 0-10, but were shutout 7 times. It's not easy, and , right now, it shows.
The Bulldogs have about 25 solid football players, barely enough to get through a season in georgia 3-A. There is reason for hope however.
Coach Galen Phillips says the group of kids he has now, though small, is passionate.
"Last year, we started out at about 45, finished the season up with about 22. We're right along the same lines as far as that goes, but I think that this year, we got a little more spirit to us. So I got 25 right now that will play good for us and the rest will come along," Phillips says.
Adds Senior wide receiver Mark Wright, "We learned you can't do it by yourself. You gotta play as a team. That's all we didn't do last year."
Something else for the fans at Lumpkin Road stadium to look for:
The Bulldogs plan use the run and shoot offense. Expect to see Butler airing it out all season long.