SIMMS, Texas – It’s back to ‘Psychology 101′ for James Bowie football coach Eddy May.
“We’ve got to get the kids to believe, and think they can win,” said May, who returned as the Pirates’ head coach after leaving four years ago for DeKalb.
May inherited a group of seniors who have been playing varsity football for the Pirates since they were freshmen. May knew these kids as eighth graders, and now he’s hoping to capitalize on James Bowie’s experience.
“I think we’re a playoff team going into the season,” he said. “Being dropped down to Division II in 2A, should help us tremendously considering our numbers. We can’t get a lot of kids hurt in our first five games. We hope to mix is some juniors and sophomores with our seniors to be a very competitive team.”
James Bowie hopes to avoid track meet type games
If James Bowie can avoid track meets, taking advantage of its physical size, Pirate fans should see improvement on last year’s 2-7 record. May was hoping for bigger numbers in regard to players, but remains excited with 15 starters back, including eight on offense. May’s goal of having a junior varsity team this season may not happen.
The Bucs will be operating from the Slot-T offense in 2018, with hopes of wearing down their opposition with their size, including fullback Ty Watts (5-10, 245).
“We’re big up front, that’s our strength,” May said. “We’ll hope to pound people, getting three and four yards a lick. Maybe we’ll wear them out, that’s our hope.
Senior Dalton McBride looks like starting qb
Going into spring drills the big question was who would be calling signals. Nobody was given the starting quarterback job last spring. Senior Dalton McBride earned the title of frontrunner, and nobody appears to be pushing him hard.
“McBride is our quarterback it looks like going in,” May said. “I think he played a little quarterback last season. He’ll do a good job for us.”
Watts is an even bigger mystery. He played on both sides of the line last year, but May is hoping Watts (4.8 speed) carries the ball a lot in September, with even bigger players in front of him.
Other linemen charging up front for the Pirates include Lucas Stephenson, Whitt Rogers and Ian Stewart. Kutter Walker, Watts, Evan Williams and Wyatt Morgan should be contributors.
Lining up behind McBride and Watts will be Noah Woodruff, Ethan Fields, Duncan Hammonds, Michael Brantley, Bully Walker and Jess Mooneyham. Tyler Crabtree is one of several who could double up at wide receiver.
Maud is the team to beat in 10-2A Division II according to May. He expects his Pirates to compete with Clarksville, Detroit and Mount Enterprise. Overton returns only five starters from a 1-9 season.