Marcus Knight and drill

Coach Marcus Knight watches some drills during the first week of practice. His Bray-Doyle Donkeys open the 2019 season Friday evening at home.

A year ago, the Bray-Doyle Donkeys made an appearance in the Class B Playoffs and with their season beginning Friday they will be looking for a repeat playoff appearance in 2019.

The Donkeys will be led by second year coach Marcus Knight. They hosted a scrimmage last week and for Bray-Doyle, Knight saw many positives come out of the scrimmage and is looking forward to Friday.

“Scrimmage wise I thought that we were really young. We only have two seniors on the team and I thought our younger kids really flew to the football and a lot more aggressive than I thought we would be,” Knight said. “The kids really did a good job defensively flying to the football and getting to the football and on offensive, I think we ran the ball real well, but didn’t seem to throw it real well. We don’t start a senior on offense either so it is all freshman or sophomores and one junior on offense and I thought we did really well.”

Relying on the young team, Knight said he will rely on kids like Tyler Anderson and said going into Friday night that the team is focused.

“The guys are focused. We ended up beating Maysville last year which was a shock to everyone,” Knight said. “I think I got some guys that have been really focused and have been in the weight room since the end of last year. Bryson Johnson has gotten stronger and bigger and also we have had kids like Wyatt Tarver who didn’t play last year and has come out. We also have Weston and Cody Edwards who came out which will really help us, they have a lot of speed so they will be in the backfield for us.”

With the Donkeys playing at 7:30 p.m. at home against Maysville, Bray-Doyle will look to start the season at 1-0 heading when they begin the 2019 campaign in week zero.

“We think it is definitely an advantage of playing here for us. We have had really good crowds and we had a lot of people show up for the scrimmage,” Knight said. “We think that football is about to take off here and we think we are heading in the right direction. We encourage people to come out and cheer for us and we think it really helps our kids when they look up in the stands and it is full.”

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