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Page B-4 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 North Mason freshman Garrett Borah jumps over senior Austin Womack as during the third day of football practice on the North Mason baseball field. senior D'Andre Dixon prepares to roll over Borah Journal photo by Emily Hanson in the monkey drill Friday 13 seniors return to lead North Mason football team By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncoun com The Bulldogs haven't played a game yet this season, but they're already focused on the playoffs. "We're going to win a play- off game this season. That's our goal," head coach Jeff Bevers said Friday morning during the third day of fall practice. It's a goal the North Mason football team has come close to achieving the past two sea- sons. Last year, the Bulldogs went 7-3 and lost 24-14 to White River in the 2A West Central District III crossover game. It was the first round of the WIAA 2A State Football playoffs. North Mason lost the crossover game in 2012 also. "We have not been to the round of 16 teams in a long time," said Bevers, now in his fifth season as head coach. To help with that goal, 71 Bulldogs have turned out to play this fall. Fif- teen upperclassmen return with varsity experience, in- cluding 13 seniors: Daniel Burggraaf, Malachi Felder, D'Andre Dixon, JOnathan Henningsen, Conner Lund- berg, Patrick Brummer, Ty- ler Grewell, Austin Womack, Ty Micone, Terry Winslow, Luke Daniel, Patrick Duke and Davontea Davenport. This is the biggest roster the squad has boasted in Bev- ers' 13 years with the North Mason program. "We have about 32 juniors the team's experience level. As for the team's young tal- ent, the coach said he is opti- mistic. "The cool thing is we've got 26 freshmen, so we'll have a C-team this year, and we're and seniors, and we have some real excited about that," Bev- new kids who've moved in and ers said. look to help," Bevers said of The Bulldogs intend to run the triple-option offense they im- plemented four years ago, with third-year starting junior quar- terback Matt Becker at the helm. "Becker has some chal- lengers this season, but he's a returning starter," Bevers said. He said he likes what he's seen from the Bulldogs on the field so far. "We've got great leadership and enthusiasm, and they're working really hard," Bevers said. "We had a great summer camp." The team has some l~oles to fill after experienced players graduated last year, especially in the defensive line and sec- ondary. "We've got some places to get better; that's for sure," Bevers said. All The Fun? g~ i ~i= ~iil~ i~i~i ~!~i~ ~i~iii iiii iii iii i~ii ii~ ~i; ~!~ ~i!i ~iiii~i~ill iiiiiii iii ii~ i .... ~i! ii iiii i ii i ~ ~ ?ii ii i iiii i!~i We re going to win a playoff game this season, That s our goal. at Highd ber Jeff Bevers, NMHS head football coach Bma at t Jgh Stadi ................................. , ...................... , ........... pt]9 7p.m Port - Name: Malachi Felder vmus years." p.m.at mgston Felder Grade: Senior How does the team function Position: Starting center/out- together?: "We started the triple- side linebacker option offense my freshman year, Years as starter: 4 and now we're able to execute those Stats: 6', 210 lbs plays together." How has the team changed What will make North Mason in your years with the Bull- successful this season?: "We've dogs?: "We're definitely a lot all played together long enough to closer than we have been in pre- be successful."