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Bray-Doyle had to forfeit its football game against Velma-Alma on Friday, but that doesn’t mean the players have no work to do this week.
With only eight players healthy and one added this week, Bray-Doyle (1-4, 2-2) coach Lee Bluejacket said that he will focus on drills that improve the players’ fundamentals. This, he hopes, will get the team ready for its home game against Healdton on Oct. 17. By then, Bluejacket will hope to have as many athletes ready to play as he did just a few weeks ago against Walters and Rush Springs.
“I hope we can have 14 or 15,” Bluejacket said. “It looks to be what’s going on is fatigue will set in, because guys aren’t getting breaks.”
Getting guys the opportunity to come off for a play or two means more for Bluejacket than just good strategy. It is a requirement to keep fatigue becoming a detriment to the players’ health, something that as their coach, he cannot allow to happen.
“That’s not what we are trying to do here at Bray,” Bluejacket said. “We need to get up there where we can have several subs. If some guy starts not performing well, because he is getting fatigued or just get somebody in there as a sub so we can give somebody a break, to help us continue a game without being injured. That’s what we’re going to look for.”
This means the team can’t enter a game with only 11 or 12 players, according to Bluejacket. Despite this, the players continue to push for the opportunity to show what they are made of. Bluejacket said that the passion of the players is so high that they would compete even if the team only had nine players. Ultimately, logic must prevail, but the heart and dedication is appreciated.
“The commitment from them not quitting shows that they have been raised right,” Bluejacket said. “They have good parents that teach their kids to not quit and fold when the deck is stacked against them.”