Valliant Bulldogs Team Breakdown – Pigskin Preview 2018 – Presented by Pine Cellular

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VALLIANT BULLDOGS

Coach: SCOTT PRATT

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 6-6

2016 – 1-9

2015 – 1-9

2014 – 0-10

2013 – 2-8

OFFENSE

It’s full speed ahead for coach Scott Pratt as he enters his second season as the head Bulldog. Not only did he take a team that hadn’t had a winning record in at least five years to district champs and the second round of the Class 2A playoffs in 2017, but he returns 10 starters on offense which will make Valliant one of the favorites in the 2A-6 race. Keegan Lininger (6-1, 195, Sr.) returns at quarterback for the Bulldogs after helping in Valliant’s dramatic turnaround last year. The VYPE Top 100 dual-threat pick rushed for nearly 2000 yards and 28 touchdowns while passing for seven more. Joining Lininger in the backfield will be Marcus Jordan (6-2, 205, So.), H-back Brady Payne (5-10, 175, Jr.) and senior Leon Jordan. The Bulldogs also return the entire offensive line led by Tucker Jones (5-9, 195, Sr.), Hunter Smith (6-0, 230, Jr.), Teryn Endsley (5-10, 225, Jr.), Hayden Hale (5-10, 215, Sr.) and Hunter Withers (5-10, 235, Sr.). Also, back for Valliant are all of their receivers, including speedy wide out Seth Jones (5-6, 145, Sr.) who led the team with 30 receptions. The unknown factor on the Bulldog schedule will be the addition of Eufaula into the district, moving down from 3A.

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DEFENSE

Pumped as Pratt is about his offense, he feels his defense has shown the most improvement coming out of spring ball. There are eight returning starters starting with Endsley and Smith at the ends, Withers, Lane Simpson (5-11, 285, Sr.), Corey Fyff (5-9, 230, Jr.), and Kylin Briley (6-1, 250, Fr.) on the interior. Marcus Jordan will move from outside to inside linebacker where he’s joined by Fisher Grayson (5-10, 170, Sr.) and Payne. Lininger and Leon Jordan will man the outside linebacker spots while the secondary will feature Jones returning at cornerback, Sean Fuller (6-0, 160, So.), who will move to free safety and sophomores Braylen McKeever and Karson Fields.

“We’ve been able to flip the culture around in the year we’ve been here and now these guys have learned how to compete,” said Pratt. “They’ve had a taste of success and hopefully that, along with our experience, will push us to the next level.”

SCHEDULE

8-31 – vs. Addison Greenhill Academy

9-7 – at Tishomingo

9-14 – at Idabel

9-21 – at Hugo

9-28 – vs. Wilburton

10-5 – at Heavener

10-12 – vs. Hartshorne

10-18 – vs. Eufaula

10-26 – at Atoka

11-2 – at Antlers