BULLARD — With seven workouts under their belts, the football season opener is inching closer for the Bullard Brook Hill Guard.

Thus far, drills and workouts are going according to plan, Guard fourth-year coach Scott Ryle said.

“The first week of practice has been really good but we still have a long way to go,” Ryle said. “Kids are really focused in on learning the schemes and concepts.”

The Guard have a number of players out for the team, but the squad lost a number of seniors to graduation plus starting quarterback Khalan Griffin transferred back to Chapel Hill High School, where he played as a sophomore in 2017.

“Numbers are good, but we do have to replace a lot of seniors,” Ryle said.

Brook Hill has a number of returning leaders including athletic Seth Moss, a wide receiver and defensive back. Moss, who has committed to Louisiana-Lafayette for baseball, had six interceptions last year. He is a member of the Preseason All-East Texas Dream Team.

Other returners include: senior linebacker Jake Shaffer, senior offensive/defensive lineman Jere Saranpaa, senior wide receiver/defensive back Fisher Bass, senior linebacker/running back Nico Flores, junior linebacker Lane Barter and junior wide receiver Carson Richards.

Also, Garrett Esposito is scheduled to start at quarterback. He transferred from Bullard High School, where he was also a standout golfer.

The Guard is scheduled to scrimmage at Grapeland on Aug. 16. The scrimmage is slated to start at 6 p.m.

Brook Hill will open its season with the Fifth Annual American Warriors Bowl, sponsored by American State Bank, on Aug. 30. The Guard will play Fort Worth Southwest Christian.

Kickoff for the contest is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Young Field at Herrington Stadium.

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