FFN Countdown Day 8: Greenwood Bulldogs
Coach: Rick Jones
2012: 14-0, 7-0
Returning Starters: 5 OFF/6 DEF
Sept. 6 Sallisaw
Sept. 13 at Alma
Sept. 20 Shiloh Christian
Sept. 27 at Northside
Oct. 4 LR Parkview
Oct. 11 at LR Catholic
Oct. 18 LR Hall
Oct. 25 at Southside
Nov. 1 at Conway
Nov. 8 Russellville
That’s how many days it will be since the last time Greenwood was beaten when they take the field in the season opener on Sept. 6 against Sallisaw.
The Bulldogs have won 38 straight games and three state championships over that span. And the expectation is no different.
“There’s not a lot you can do about expectations except try to live up to it,” Greenwood coach Rick Jones said. “It is not something we shy away from.”
“It’s kind of a motto of ours that we’ve carried on,” senior quarterback Jabe Burgess said. “Do what we do. We just have to keep doing what we do and continue on the tradition that was laid down before us.”
Jones is 107-16 in his nine seasons at Greenwood with six state championships. Title number seven is the only one they are thinking about this fall.
“We know we have a target on our back,” Jones said. “We know people have revenge in their heart and we have to be able to overcome that. You have to go out and play every day, practice every day to get better because somebody out there is trying to knock you off and you have to have an attitude about that.”
Burgess will miss the start of the season after suffering a broken foot in the offseason but the senior said he hopes to be back for the week two game at Alma. The Tulsa commit threw for 3,100 yards and 36 touchdowns last season.
Hoyt Smith returns at running back after having more than 1,200 yards from scrimmage last season and 14 touchdowns but the Bulldogs must replace all four starting receivers.