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September 27, 2013

Despite thin roster, Donkeys keep positive attitude

BRAY — The Donkeys’ roster is thin but the players still practicing are keeping a positive attitude.

As the Bray-Doyle High School football team heads into its district opener Friday at Walters, the team will have about 15 players suited up on the sidelines.

Donkey coach Lee Bluejacket said that, along with some injuries to key players, a couple of players are no longer on the team “who didn’t follow the rules,” plus a couple of players who moved out of the district.

He added there are a couple of players who transferred into the district who want to play football, but they must first get eligiblitity issues resolved, plus a couple more who want to play but are being evaluated.

Still, despite having a low number of players for Friday’s game, those who will take the field are working hard.

“We will not quit,” Bluejacket said. “The ones who have stayed and keep fighting will end up being good one day.”

As for Walters, Bluejacket said the Blue Devils “send a guy in motion every play” in hopes of keeping defenders guessing as to who will get the ball. He said the Blue Devils will run a lot of counter plays, but that the Donkeys should do well as long as they play gap control.

On defense, Bluejacket said Walters is similar to the Donkeys, in that they line up in a 3-5-3 formation and are  aggressive up front.

Bluejacket admitted it will be tough on his young offensive line, on which a senior, a sophomore and three freshmen will start Friday.

“But we’ll have to be ready to pick up our blocks when they blitz,” he said.

Bray-Doyle will have some tough tests as it starts district play. After this week’s game against Walters, the Donkeys face three teams considered among the favorites to win District 4A: Rush Springs, Velma-Alma and Healdton.

“That’s a murderer’s row — it’s almost like the playoffs,” Bluejacket said.

Still, the players maintain positive attitudes as district games approach.

“They are excited and ready to play,” Bluejacket said. “We are coming off a big win and now it’s our first game on the road. They’re excited to play — they are a young team but they will fight to the end and keep building off last week’s victory.”

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