Bulldogs embark on new season with title hopes

MANCHESTER — The end of August marks the beginning of not only the school year, but also the beginning of football season.

On Monday, the Burr and Burton Bulldogs held their first practice since falling in last year's championship to Bellows Falls. The Bulldogs will be making some adjustments in 2017.

Specifically because Griff Stalcup, USA Today's High School offensive player of the year for Vermont, graduated last spring.

"We are trying to figure things out now," said Bulldogs head coach Jason Thomas. "It's like a big puzzle and there are a couple pieces that need to be moved around."

With the start of summer practices, coach Thomas is already getting an idea of what pieces will be the ideal fit for the team in 2017.

"We have some really good athletes that are going to move around," Thomas said. "Jay McCoy is going to move from receiver to quarterback and we need to figure out which guys who had some experience last year are going to step up and fill the holes of the guys at receiver and on the line [who graduated]."

Above all else, coach Thomas is focused on putting together a gameplan where his players are in the best situation to succeed.

"It is always about the players and what we have," Thomas explained. "We are trying to figure out what we can do to make our kids successful. I don't think we are going to have to change too much. There will be a couple wrinkles, but we still have a lot of the guys we had last year."

Burr and Burton has two weeks of practice to prepare before they travel to Burlington on September 1 for an away conference game against the Seahorses. Kick-off for the season opener is set for 7 p.m.


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