Competition heats up as Bedford football gets ready
Friday, September 6, 2013
The word of the preseason for the Bedford High School football team has been competition.
The Bulldogs have been competing with each for starting spots, and head coach Kurt Hines hopes that will help once the season starts and his team gets to face tougher competition.
For the third straight year, Bedford will be moving up. After finishing as the runner-up in Division III (2011) and Division II (2012), the Bulldogs are now in the expanded Division I as a member of the North Conference, along with Concord, Manchester West, Memorial and Central.
“I like it,” Hines said. “There’s no doubt it’s going to be tough, but once again, competition breeds success. If we’re going to do anything and accomplish our goal of getting into the postseason, we have to prove ourselves in the regular season. We’re ready. We know every week is going to be a fight.”
And the fights don’t get any tougher than Week 1, when the Bulldogs get to host Pinkerton Academy. That game is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m.
“We realize now in D-I, now more than ever, there are no weeks off,” Hines said.
Bedford will have to find ways to replace a talented senior class that included quarterback James Caparell, wide receiver Brian Collins, linebacker David Cannone, running back Dylan York and lineman Joseph Theriault. But Hines is confident their replacements will step up.
“Last year, we had some kids, those guys who graduated, who hands down, were starters,” the coach said. “We still have a few of those in Michael Vailas and Nick Vailas and some of our linemen. But aside from that, there is competition at every spot. The kids are having to step up every day in practice.”
And Bedford certainly has plenty of them. More than 60 participated in the team’s offseason workout program and there are over 120, including freshmen, on the team.
“We’re fortunate now,” Hines said. “We feel like we’re more focused this preseason than we have been in the six years I’ve been head coach at Bedford.”