Bulldogs Ready To Start Football Season Under New Coach
Bainvilleâ€™s dedicated football players started practice under the guidance of new head coach Shawn Romo on Friday, Aug. 12.
The squad features 14 players this season. Adrian Anderson is the lone senior for the Bulldogs.
â€śWeâ€™re young overall, but itâ€™s a good number,â€ť Romo said.
Romoâ€™s coaching experience includes serving as the junior high basketball coach for eight years. He also helped with Bainvilleâ€™s football program in the past.
â€śIâ€™m coaching for the kids. I enjoy coaching,â€ť Romo said. â€śIt seemed like an opportunity to coach at a higher level.â€ť
Auggie Hollanda is serving as the teamâ€™s assistant coach.
A solid group of juniors highlight Bainvilleâ€™s roster. â€śThereâ€™s quite a few kids with a lot of experience,â€ť Romo said.
Some of the top returning players include junior Charles Butikofer, junior Sam Butikofer, junior Cayden Boyd, junior Conner Wade and junior Logan Josephson.
Sophomores Reed Winn and Trevor Robertus also return for the Bulldogs.
One spot that the Bulldogs need to find a replacement for is at quarterback after the graduation of standout Jesse Strickland.
â€śWe have some younger kids who are decent throwers,â€ť Romo said. â€śThere might be a mix of players.â€ť
The squadâ€™s athleticism is a strength. â€śWe have a little height and thatâ€™s something that Bainville usually doesnâ€™t have,â€ť Romo said.
He notes the squad also works very hard. â€śWe lost a couple of seniors who were leaders. Guys need to fill new roles,â€ť Romo said.
He sees Froid/Lake as the league favorite heading into the season. Savage, Wibaux and Richey/Lambert also have traditionally strong programs.
The Bulldogs will open their season at home against Trenton, N.D., on Saturday, Aug. 27.
Bainville Football Schedule
Aug. 27: Trenton Sept. 3: at Chester/Joplin/Inverness Sept. 10: Absarokee Sept. 17: at Box Elder Sept. 24: at Froid/Lake Oct. 1: Richey/Lambert Oct. 8: at Savage Oct. 15: at Wibaux Oct. 22: Jordan