Runnin’ Bulldogs move forward

Photo by Hannah Haggerty.

By Jared McMurry

After a disappointing loss in their home opener to Elon, the Runnin’ Bulldogs  will look to get things going early offensively against Virginia Union this Saturday in Boiling Springs. The football team will have to do so without starting quarterback Tyrell Maxwell who suffered a concussion during overtime on Saturday. According to Coach Carroll McCray they will go with a two-quarterback system, freshmen Brody Rollins and (RS) sophomore Chase Arrington.

Following the loss, McCray knew his team had missed opportunities that need to be corrected.

“We had a lack of execution offensively, and missed opportunities inside the 30,” he said. “There is plenty of evidence that we were in good position, we just need guys to step up.” He did mention that his team played better defensively, but knows that they can’t win games being one-dimensional.

Virginia Union are a Division II squad but bring a lot of talent to the field. The Panthers have posted a 2-0 record so far in the 2015 season and have scored points in bunches. Almost their entire roster is made up of transfers, and speed can be found at every position. “They run a spread offense, that is very quick paced and we expect a lot of quick plays from them,” said McCray.

One thing to watch for will be the turnover battle, as McCray feels as if possession of the football is still premium to his squad. McCray also noted that they will do their best to make both quarterbacks comfortable early on, lean toward their strengths and possibly go with the one with the hot hand as the game progresses. Coach McCray knows that this squad should not be overlooked and he feels like his entire staff and team feel the same way.

If you can’t make it out to the game Saturday at 6 p.m. you can tune in on the Big South Network.

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