Bullard Brook Hill Two-A-Days Going Smoothly Under New Coach Bobby Brasher
BULLARD -- There are always differences when a new head coach takes over a football program, but for Bullard Brook Hill, a familiar face has made for a smooth transition.
Former Guard defensive coordinator Bobby Brasher replaced Terry Pirtle as Brook Hill's head coach during the spring when Pirtle left to take the same position at Houston Second Baptist. Brasher brings almost three decades of coaching experience in Texas and Louisiana to Brook Hill, where he's spent the last four years as an assistant.
The Louisiana native and former Louisiana Tech football player said players have taken the transition well.
"The kids have picked right up where we left off. The biggest difference is we've got four kids that are gonna be playing on Saturday afternoon from last year's team, and we've gotta fill those spots," Brasher said. "Our purpose right now is to find linemen because it's a line-of-scrimmage game. Whoever's got the line of scrimmage is gonna win most of the games. I think everybody, it doesn't matter what level you're at, is trying to find linemen. It's gonna be a concern for us and a lot of people."
The four college-bound players Brasher referenced are quarterback Will Weathers (Abilene Christian), running back T.J. Dunks (Sterling College), and offensive linemen Mason Dickey (Fort Hays State) and Matt Seamands (Southeastern Oklahoma State). They helped the Guard finish 6-5 in 2012, Brook Hill's first season playing in TAPPS Division II after winning the 2011 Division III state championship and reaching the D-III title game the previous two years.
Senior Zac Wilson is the likely candidate to take over at quarterback, although junior Grant Hanks is also a capable option. Both are 6-foot-2 and bring good size to the quarterback spot.
Junior Tyrone Brown (6-0, 185) could be the Guard's next starting tailback, a position where Brook Hill not only lost Dunks, but junior D'Luis West, who transferred to Troup. Wilson and Brown join receivers Seth Brasher (2016; 6-2, 175) and Chase McDermott (2015; 6-2, 175) to give Brook Hill plenty of skill-position options.
"The perimeter is our strong suit of our game right now," Bobby Brasher said. "We need to play a little defense and be able to run the football a little bit so we can kinda control the clock."
Brown and another 2015 player, linebacker Malik Alley, impressed during Wednesday evening's drills. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Alley joins Brown and Brasher as three players who could potentially develop into the Guard's next crop of college prospects.
"So many of our kids a lot of times get overlooked because we're a small private school, but four of them signed to play on Saturdays," coach Brasher said. "We're excited and we're looking forward to getting out there to play like everybody else."