Bray-Doyle Football

Bray-Doyle head coach Warren Butler goes over assignments with Keaton Green (52).

Michael Pineda
The Duncan Banner

In its first year in 11-man football, the Bray-Doyle football team took its licks, finishing with a 3-7 record.

But that was last year.

This spring, the Donkeys are working on putting the pieces in place to make a marked improvement and make a run at the playoffs. Entering its second year under head coach Warren Butler, the Donkeys have shown more familiarity with the system and the pieces are being put in place to compete.

“It has made a world of difference,” Butler said. “They know what to expect from us and they have picked up on what we are trying to do.”

The Donkey have 32 in camp with some other expected contributors sidelined with injuries, a marked improvement over the 14 that attended last year’s minicamp.

Among the areas the team is trying to shore up is the offensive line as well as running back and working in a new quarterback.

Logan Mayes started at quarterback last season but has been moved to the slot leaving Dakota Whaley and Cody Douthit to take over. Whaley suffered a hand injury early in practice but has been battling through it.

At running back,

Bray-Doyle finds itself in the position of having to replace Banner Offensive Player of the Year Jordan Mayes. Looking to slide into that role are Josh Butler and Broadi Helton.

“They give us two different looks,” Butler said. “They’re a heck of a combination and I’m really impressed with both kids.”

Butler feels the addition of Keaton Green into the backfield gives the offense versatility.

“He’s the missing link that we were looking for,” Butler said.

Last season, the offensive line was a spot of concern for the Donkeys. With the majority of the starters coming back and added depth from the junior high, Butler expects to see a bigger, more talented group this season.

“We have some young kids that are stepping up and we have most everybody back,” Butler said. “It has already improved. This is about as excited as I have been since 2003 at Maud.”

Chris Womack and Chance Douthit have given the offensive line an influx of size. Clayton Hall, who suffered an ankle injury in baseball, is expected to have a impact when he comes back.

Butler is excited about the potential that the defense has shown in spring drills. The Donkeys have improved in team speed and have been aggressive early on.

“We are going to be tough,” Butler said. “We can run. We started it last year and now we’ve come back and developed what we have talked about.”

The strength of the defense is expected to lie in a senior-dominated linebacking corps led by Robert Jensen from whom Butler has high expectations next season.

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