By Mike Tupa
Dewey High School head football coach Tyler Caid took the Bulldoggers to a camp he liked and he liked what he saw.
Let’s just say his appetite definitely is whetted for the Aug. 24 season opener against Adair.
Caid felt his team displayed much potential — particularly in its running game and on the defensive line — during the crowded Northeastern Oklahoma A&M camp.
Some of the opposition included Rejoice Christian, Miami, Star Spencer and several others.
Senior-to-be runningback/defensive back Cole Brown drew plenty of love from powers that be at the event — he was named the Most Valuable Player.
Quarterback Chase Revard also proved to be a fierce force for the Doggers.
He excelled on reading the defense, delivering good passes and pressuring the defense on the edge with his mobility, Caid said.
Last season, Revard benefitted from an unexpected baptism as the first-string signal caller, due to an injury to the starter.
Caid also singled out the play of some other offensive skill players, including Kale Carner and Braden Lewis.
Dewey plans to utilize more of a multiple-rusher attack this year, Caid explained.
On the defensive side, he mentioned defensive tackle Jake Duclos as one of the impact makers up front.
The Doggers now move into their grind-it-out phase in off-season preparation.
They will begin Summer Pride four days a week and also host a 7-on-7 passing league on Tuesdays at noon.
In addition, Dewey is scheduled to play in June in a 7-on-7 tournament at Bixby.
The Doggers finished 4-6 last season — just one win away from returning to the playoffs — due largely to injuries to some starters.
They suffered their most disheartening loss against Mannford, 26-21, and also had high hopes going up against Verdigris, which won, 38-13.
But, next season’s Doggers might boast a more balanced attack offensively and more experience up front.
Dewey will play two games in August — Aug. 24 at Adair and Aug. 31 at home against Nowata.
The Doggers also enter new territory this season.
After spending at least the past quarter-century in Class 3A football, they’ve been moved to Class 2A for 2018 and 2019.
Dewey will reside in District 2A-3, which also will include Caney Valley, Sperry, Haskell, Kiefer, Beggs, Morris and Victory Christian.