Fast Pace to be Crucial for Bloom-Carroll

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One thing is certain about Bloom-Carroll head coach Wade Bartholomew: the man has a lot energy.

He has enough stamina to run full speed alongside his players during drills. A trait he believes is contagious, especially with a young team.

“We don’t practice forever,” Bartholomew said. “When we get out on the field, we go.”

Senior safety and wide receiver Auston Sorg appreciates Bartholomew’s fast-paced philosophy.

“Oh coach is crazy, we love coach,” Sorg laughed.

The Bloom-Carroll Bulldogs showed flashes of offensive promise in 2014, and Bartholomew is confident his up-tempo practices and workouts will carry over to game nights.

“We’re a spread no huddle team,” Bartholomew said.  “Offensively what we’re looking to do is work you from sideline to sideline.”

But most of Bloom-Carroll’s offensive success last year came from seniors. The since-graduated group was responsible for 23 of the team’s 39 touchdowns.

“We’re younger, a lot younger,” Bartholomew said. “We’re going to need a lot of help from the younger groups, the juniors and the sophomore groups to help fill in the holes.”

Playing in the highly-competitive Mid-State League, the Bulldogs will have three weeks of non-conference play to prepare for their first conference game against Liberty Union.

For now, all focus is on the Bulldogs’ season opener against John Glenn August 28. Coach Bartholomew only has one concern.

“Man I hope these young guys don’t puke.”