High School Football Preview: Cottonwood Bears

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COTTONWOOD, Ala (WDHN) — Dustin Harrison takes over the Cottonwood Bears program, last season the Bears failed the reach the playoffs going 3-7.

In order to turn that around, Harrison has put an emphasis on teaching his kids how to work and know the game.

“The first thing we have been working on is the intangibles like toughness and grit. We want our guys to be tough competitors,” Harrison said. “In the short amount of time I have been here, I have seen our guys grow a lot in those areas.”

Cottonwood competes in region two of the 2A class and in order to climb those region rankings, the Bears are going to have to limit the points allowed. In 2019, they gave up over thirty points a game.

A good way to do that is simply keep your defense off the field. Coach Harrison likes the amount of depth he has at the offensive linemen position which is a great way to pound the rock and eat up clock.

Harrison intends to run a pro style offense with a key in running the ball, so expect them to try and control the game by absorbing time of possession.

“I anticipate that (offensive line) being the strength of the team. We are very heavy at offensive linemen which is usually the opposite at most schools,” Harrison spoke about his offense.

Heading into 2020 expect the Bears to start to formulate in to what coach Harrison has been teaching them, a team that will be accountable and gritty.

Their first game of the season will be against the New Brockton Gamecocks on the road.

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