Boys Varsity Football · BHS football relieved to get back into second week of routine after delayed season start


The Bearden Football season has finally begun.

This start, however, did not come without its challenges. With a two-week quarantine putting the Bulldogs two games behind most teams, the team had a late start to the season.

Despite these hindrances the team endured, the Bulldogs were more eager than ever to get this season started.

It’s nice being able to play again, especially having to wait so long,” senior linebacker Christian Spining said.

The Bulldogs lost their first game last Friday night 40-7 at Dobyns Bennett.

“We let external factors get us away from being Bearden,” Coach Morgan Shinlever said. “Last week was uncharacteristic for us, but we have identified the things we’ve got to correct and we’ve gone to work on that.”

Bearden travels to Bradley Central on Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

Clearly, the Bulldogs did not let this loss stop them. Bearden got to work after last Friday’s game and focused on their remaining schedule and their next opponent.

“We have worked hard, and I have complete faith in my team and teammates,” junior running back Nicco Young said.

The team and coaches are more grateful than ever to be back out on the field and be back into any sort of routine.

“It feels amazing [to be back in a routine],” Coach Shinlever said. “They [the players] seem to perform better when they know what’s coming and plan accordingly. 

“It’s just good to have some sense of normalcy.”