After working more than three decades as an assistant coach and athletic director at Grafton, Rich Bord will lead the Bearcats in 2016. He wants the team to get back to playing smash mouth football.
“We want to get back to three yards and a cloud of pellets on the turf,” said Bord.
After a pass-heavy team went 3-7 in 2015, Bord said his new, balanced offensive system will play to his team’s strengths.
“We’re certainly not the fastest football team in the area, but we’ve got some big, physical kids," Bord said. "That allows us to do some things we probably haven’t been able to do in the past, and there’s some things that we’ve done in the past that we’re just simply not able to do at this point.”
Returning seniors say they're learning this new system quickly.
“We’ve picked it up well," said senior tight end Sam Murray. "We’re starting to move the ball. We don’t throw as much, so we’re not getting as tired as we were before, so I think it’ll work out well.”
Transitioning into this new offense required returning players like Murray to focus on getting stronger in the offseason. Senior quarterback Cole Collins said his teammates are seeing results.
“We had a lot of injuries due to us being smaller than every other team we played, so this year, we really set out to be bigger and stronger,” Collins said.
Bord said he, too, is pleased with the team’s offseason, and hopes it’ll pay dividends right away.
“We hit our kids the first week of August with what I think was the most difficult conditioning they’ve ever done down here," said Bord. "That speaks volumes for our offseason weight conditioning program, and it also speaks volumes for the kids and their desire to want to get this thing turned around and go back to playing what we call Bearcat football.”
The Bearcats travel to take on rival Philip Barbour Aug. 26.