Bulldogs big up front and working hard

Tina Harbuck

The Freeport Bulldogs may be small in numbers but they are big in size.

With a Kickoff Classic scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at home against the Chipley Tigers, the Bulldogs were working hard on the practice field earlier this week.

“We’ve got a long way to go, but the guys are working hard and they’re getting better every day,” said Freeport Coach Jim Anderson who is marking his 15th year at the helm of the Bulldogs.


“But we still have a lot of improvements to make in every area,” Anderson said from blocking, kicking, throwing, catching and everything in between. “We’ve got to get better at all of it,” he said.

The Bulldogs have 19 players on the varsity squad and 35 total counting those who will play on the junior varsity.

And although the Bulldogs are small in numbers, they might just make up for it in size.

“We’re bigger than we have been,” Anderson said, noting they average about 250 across the front line.

But again, numbers are a factor.

“We only have six offensive linemen … you can only play five at the time, but we’re a little thin in that area,” Anderson said.

The six guys down in the trenches up front on offense and defense will be seniors Codie Haberek, 237 pounds, Brandon Brown, 164, and Aaron Parker, 232; junior Dalton Simpler, 247; and sophomores Ian Harrison, 289, and Shannon Carswell, 268.

“Hopefully they are big and strong enough to get things done,” Anderson said.

Under center will be junior quarterback Zack Seay.

“He’s got good speed and runs the offense really well. He’s more of a running quarterback than a throwing quarterback, although he can throw really well,” Anderson said.

“But we’re going to move the ball more with his feet than his arm,” he added.

In the backfield will be junior Chris Decker along with Stephen Carroll, Zack Johnson and Austin Vinson.

“We’ll be counting on him to tote the rock,” Anderson said of Decker, along with the other guys.

On the receiving end for the Bulldogs will be Weston Bates, Zack Johnson, Noahh Cole, Eyin Cole and Danny Arnold. And at tight end will be Grant Kennedy and Chase Roberts.

“They are all working hard and doing a good job,” Anderson said.

As for speed, “We’re always kind of average,” Anderson said. “But our guys run as hard as they can.

“We’ve got to be in good condition … because we need to run as fast in the fourth quarter as the first quarter. We don’t have a lot of speed but we’ve got enough to get by.”

But when it’s all said and done, Anderson says his Bulldogs are “hard working.”

First regular season game for Freeport is 7 p.m., Aug. 28 at home against Cottondale.

-Freeport plays at 7 p.m., Aug. 21 in a Kickoff Classic with Chipley at  home.

-Freeport's first regular scheduled game is 7 p.m., Aug. 28, at home against Cottondale.