Bird takes over at Bangs and makes defense the focus
BANGS, Texas - The Jim Bird era has officially begun at Bangs. Bird replaces Chuck Lipsey, who left to take over as head coach at Brady, and the Dragons are embracing their new head man with open arms.
Five starters are back on each side of the ball in 2015. The biggest name is senior tailback Seth Ross. He put up back-to-back seasons rushing for over 500 yards.
With the down hill run game solid, Bird's main focus is on defense. That's something he believes is the key to every good football team.
"They've been flying around, and we've got a little nickname for ourselves defensively now," Bird said. "We call ourselves Gang Green, so they like that."
"They've done a really good job," Bird added on the players embracing his new coaching style. "Everything we've asked them to do they've jumped on board and ran with it."
"It was definitely a wake up call whenever [Coach Bird's] workouts came in," senior cornerback Mason Reichenau said. "It's a lot harder, a lot tougher then any workouts I've done my entire high school and junior high career."
"Effort is the one thing we've been working on the most, intensity, going hard every single play, [and] going fast every single play," Reichenau added.