Summer Creek football is looking to build a historic season in the spring

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Kenny Harrison preaches competition during Spring Ball every practice.

The Summer Creek coach reminds the Bulldogs that every flick is evaluated every day and the coaching staff reviews how each competes with each rep.

This spring, the Bulldogs are looking for players to fill big holes.

“I know we’ve lost a lot of seniors, but we’ve got a lot of returning guys,” Harrison said. “A lot of our leaders like JJ (Jahrik Jones), Cory Nichols (Jr.), Paul Singleton and Christian Crockett are the guys leading the way and leading the younger guys right now. We just have to improve every day in the spring.

Harrison and his Bulldogs worked hard in practice during Spring Ball.

The Bulldogs are coming off their best season in school history.

Summer Creek made it all the way to the Class 6A Regional Quarterfinals for the first time in school history and nearly knocked down the mighty Katy.

It was the first time the Bulldogs qualified for the playoffs in two seasons.

The goal now is to keep making the playoffs every season under Harrison.

Summer Creek has lost a lot of talent, including five-star offensive lineman Kelvin Banks Jr., who will leave for Texas after graduation.

“The Fearsome Foursome” by Rocky Jack, Amantie Lockhart, Justin Craft and Caden Rain were all in the backfield last year causing havoc and now Summer Creek defensive coordinator Ron Harper will be looking to fill that void with the new players to attack the quarterback.

Darien Riley will be back for his senior season in the fall and got quarterback after. Kyran Duhon has been looking great so far on the defensive line and freshman defensive end Chad Woodfork is taking on first-team reps with defense.

Woodfork recently received its first Division I offer, which came from Texas Tech.

In addition to staying healthy in the spring, Harrison wants his team to perform in practice like it’s a game.

Hard practice makes Friday night’s light show easier.

“Execute on offense and always fly on the defense side,” Harrison said of what he wants his team to work on in the spring. “We work with special teams during the sporting period, but we have to be solid in all three phases of the game.”

Harrison said the offensive line has a long way to go and the linemen are working hard every day. Crockett takes snaps at left tackle and looks to protect the blind side of Jones and Nichols.

Lloyd Avant is having a sensational second season rushing over 2,000 yards for the Bulldogs.

Avant has been vocal in practice and is looking to take the next step in his development in the backfield.

Jones throws passes and Nichols runs routes to get the turf rubber crumbs off the ground.

Paul Singleton and Darien Hargrove are the defensive backs who made several big plays last year.

Many young players will still be playing at the university level for the first time.

Harrison loves coaching and wants to get the most out of his Bulldogs.

“I have a great staff and a great group of kids,” Harrison said. “I think it’s a great combination of training and players pushing each other. We’ve had a great January offseason to this point; we just have to keep going and executing to improve every day.

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