EDEN — The Eden Bulldogs are working to earn their “E” ahead of the 2019 season.
Eden finished last season 6-4 overall and defeated Robert Lee in the de facto District 13-1A championship game. New head coach Shay Avants who came over from Robert Lee after 10 seasons, is looking to take the program a step further.
“Earn everything,” Avants said. ” We’re really pushing that it’s family first and everything that we do matters… the little things matter. We’re trying to instill that into them [the players]. Small things make big things happen.”
“Our five things– toughness, service, character, commitment and family,” Avants added. “We feel like if you’re focusing on those things in your everyday life and you live it, it’s not just lip service, you’re actually living those five things you’re going to be successful in whatever that you do.”
The Eden Bulldogs are wearing a blue question mark on their chests this year for two-a-days and it symbolizes that the team still needs to find its identity. According to Avants, you have to work to remove the question mark and replace it with an “E”.
“Our question marks… ‘What are we? What are we about? What are we going to be? Who are we? And who can we count on?’ So, that’s kind of the earn everything,” Avants said. “Through the core covenants and the daily challenges… earning your ‘E’, earning the sticker and taking that question mark off your chest and putting on an ‘E’.”
It’s about family at Eden and the defending District 13-1A champs are ready to come together for a repeat season.
“It’s a small town and we know each other very well,” senior nose guard Erik Pierce said. “We hang out with each other, we can bond well, of course, we have our ups and downs but of course it’s a family thing. It’s kind of like a bond that we have that can’t be broken.”
The Bulldogs are set to open the season on the road against the Blackwell Hornets on Aug. 31 at 7:30 pm.