It took the Sparta Bulldogs five years and three coaches to win a total of two football games from 2009-13. It took Mount Vernon native Rob Kirk a lot less time to double that win total in his rookie season as a head coach a year ago.
How? A group of players who went undefeated at the underclass level two years earlier matured and gained a full grasp on Kirk’s team-oriented philosophy.
Coming off a 4-5 record a year ago, its best mark since 2005, the Bulldogs think they’ll earn their first postseason berth since 1992.
Senior quarterback Drew Kordys returns for his third season. Although operating out of a run-first oriented attack, Kordys makes up for his lack of size with the ability to throw on the run and with a quick release.
Among Kordys’ favorite targets will be seniors Devin Brown and Micah Bradshaw with super-quick Trei Greer both running and catching the football out of the backfield.
In addition, senior Will Monroe makes the moves from the offensive line to the backfield and could be the Bulldogs featured running back.
Brown and Kordys will be keys in a Sparta secondary that was taken advantage of on numerous occasions a year ago. Greer will be a linebacker while Monroe will be a big part of an undersized defensive line.
“Our pass defense was something we needed to address during the offseason and we feel that after moving kids around that we finally have everything in place the way want it,” Kirk said. “This is a good group of kids who have worked hard all summer to get ready for what we hope will be a season in which we make the playoffs.”
— Dean Criddle
at Red Bud