On Tuesday, the Sun sat down with the new Bulldog head football coach and athletic director, Derek Scroggins, for his outlook on the team.
Q. How’s it looking?
So far, so good. The kids are putting in a lot of hard work. They seem pretty committed and dedicated so I’ve been very impressed with them. I think that we have a lot of potential that we will be able to maximize and turn into ability.
Q . How are your numbers?
They’ve been pretty good. We are usually in the mid to upper 30s in the weight room per day. I think overall we’ve seen somewhere around 60 kids coming in at different points.
Q. I think Coach Carpenter said last week you have nine seniors out or did that day in the weight room.
Yes, it looks like we will have anywhere from nine to 12 seniors. I think we ended up having 12 sign up who said they were going to play, nine of them that played last year. We will know on Aug. 4, the first day of practice.
Q. You are in charge of offense and Coach Carpenter is in charge of defense?
Yes, I will call the plays offensively and Coach Carpenter is our defensive coordinator.
Q. How will you approach the game? I’ve had coaches tell me they like to pass to set up the run or they like to run to set up the passing game.
Ideally we will be versatile enough be able to take advantage of whatever the defense gives us. So, really it’s going to go on a game-by-game basis. We will adapt based on who we are playing.
Q. What did you do at other schools where you coached?
At some schools, we passed more than we ran. At my last school, we ended up running more than we passed. Like I said, it really depends on what we’ve got to work with, what type of defenses we are seeing and maximizing our ability.
Q. You don’t have any idea yet who is going to play where?
No, we have obviously seen the kids who have been showing up for weights and the seven-on-seven last night. We’ve watched a lot of film, but really all spots are open and we will start figuring out who the starters are come Aug. 4 and go from there.
It’s one of those things where we want everyone to compete on a level playing field. On Aug. 4, we will start deciding who is going to start and who’s not. Once starting positions are earned, nothing is set in stone. The starting positions remain fluid. They are not set in stone. You might be a starter today and not tomorrow. You’ve got to keep working to keep your job.
Q. What are your goals for the players for the season?
Really, it’s pretty simple. I just want the kids to get better every week and give 100% of their ability. We are looking for maximum effort out of the kids and want them to improve each week.
Q. I know you have varsity, of course, and JV. How far down do you coach?
Varsity and JV, then help out with the Junior High coaching clinics. I try to go down to the Youth Leagues to help out their coaches. We’d like to get the Youth League coaches together and go over some stuff. As far as actual coaching, it’s 9 to 12.
Q. Sounds like you are having fun.
Absolutely. I love my job. It’s fun. It’s been exciting so far. The kids have been great. I think good things will happen for us. The community has been incredibly supportive. The administration is very supportive.