The Bearden football season came to a close earlier this month with a first round loss in the playoffs to Maryville.
The team should be proud of all they have accomplished this year, finishing out the season with an 8-3 record.
The players and coaches have witnessed a lot of growth over the season and although the season did not end exactly as they wanted, they can be happy with the progress they made.
“We grew closer as a team for sure,” senior Addison Ironside said. “We eliminated a lot of mistakes.”
Coach Morgan Shinlever saw an improvement in everything from playmaking to technique throughout the season.
“We’ve gotten better each day from a technique standpoint as far as being able to execute and handle ourselves,” he said.
Coach Shinlever attributes the growing maturity of the team toward this season’s success.
“Maturity wise, I felt we understood what we had to do later in the year,” Coach Shinlever said. “So those are definitely things that you need from teams to be able to have seasons like we did.”
The players and coaches have high hopes for the upcoming season and plan to continue improving and playing their game.
“We are going to continue our style of play, where we are very physical and play for a full four quarters,” Coach Shinlever said. “Those are going to be staples of Bearden football.”
The Bulldogs proved a lot of people wrong this year with their successful season, and Ironside expects nothing less from the team next year.
“A lot of people thought we were going to be bad this past year, but we stepped up in the weight room, and I expect (next year’s team) to do the same thing,” he said.