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Sandoval hopes big numbers turn into big performances for Bulldogs

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By Steve Smith

BRIGHTON — Brighton High School head football coach Pat Sandoval opened the 2014 football season by welcoming 140 prospective football players to spring camp earlier this month.

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“It’s a chance for our freshmen to learn our terminology, and it’s a chance to see what we have,” Sandoval said. “We’re going to be small and young.” 

 

Sandoval was planning to take 116 players to a team camp in Fort Collins. The downside to all those numbers is that Sandoval has just 17 seniors on the squad. But he also has twice as many juniors. 

“I’m excited to see them,” he said. “Our offensive line is going to average 6 feet 3 inches and weigh about 260 pounds. We’re going to have excellent size on the offensive and defensive lines. We’ve finally got some size.”

BHS split its 10 games last season and didn’t make the postseason.

“We need to get more mentally prepared,” Sandoval said. “That’s our goal. We had a great senior class, but they didn’t come together. We didn’t have a ‘rah-rah’ guy like we had other years. That’s where we have to get them fired up.”

Sandoval didn’t have a full squad during his spring camp. Some of his players were involved in summer baseball and wrestling programs. Aside from the spring camp, the Bulldogs are in a series of seven-on-seven programs the rest of the summer.

Pat Sandoval said despite the relative inexperience this season, several players saw action a year ago. Josh Sandoval is the only returning senior on the squad this season.

“We’re going to be young. But it’s exciting to see who’s going to play,” coach Sandoval said. “Brighton is growing, and our youth program is excelling. You’re always going to have rough waters. But the ship is heading in the right direction, more so than it was a few years ago.”

 

Contact Sports Editor Steve Smith at ssmith@metrowestnewspapers.com.