The Duncan Banner

October 23, 2013

Donkeys face exhibition against Wilson

John McKelvey
The Duncan Banner

BRAY — Despite forfeiting its schedule earlier this season, Bray-Doyle will get the opportunity to play a team orginially on it.

The Donkeys suit up against Wilson on Friday in an eight-man exhibition game. The Eagles agreed to the game in part because of their low probability to make the playoffs, according to Bray-Doyle coach Lee Bluejacket.

“It helps both of us out,” Bluejacket said. “They were nice enough to go ahead and play us eight-man and accomadate us. I think they have got 30-some players. So, it was nice of them.”

While at Wilson there is an overabundance of players, Bray-Doyle has been struggling to get more athletes on the roster. Not having enough players was the reason for the team’s forfeit of its games. For senior Rodney Hall, the opportunity to continue his season — and football career — is invaluable. He noted that, due to Bray-Doyle’s game against Ringling being still uncertain, this could be his final game in a Donkey uniform.

“I just want everybody to give it their all,” Hall said. “If everybody gives it their all, all they got for me and my fellow seniors, that’s good enough for me.”

Last week against Tipton, those players gave it their all in a 64-14 loss. The Donkeys were even able to grab an early lead against the reigning Class C state champion. Quite an accomplishment for a team that is still dealing with the transistion to eight-man, according to Bluejacket.

Hall has seen the difficulties that come with making that transition up close.

“I’ve played 11-man my whole life,” Hall said. “You take players out, and it’s like, ‘Well, who’s going to supposed to go here, and there is nobody.’ It’s a lot different.”