The Beaver Dam High School Football team is working hard this summer as they get ready for the 2021 season. After competing in the alternate season this past spring, the Golden Beavers have had a quick turn-around to begin preparations for the traditional fall season.
“We lift four days a week, have a couple of different lifting sessions through our summer school programming and on Friday’s we do some speed and agility work.” Head Coach Brock Linde told DailyDodge.com. “We expect our kids to be there. We expect our seniors to reach out to the underclassmen and assume those leadership roles and help get transportation. Football is unique that we only get so much time to work with our kids on football specific things, so the one thing we can always do year-round is work on our speed, our strength and our agility.”
The Golden Beavers have used four of their allotted five contact days over the last week to get better individually and introduce some basic things about their schemes.
“We just want to install a couple of the concepts. We are not necessarily looking to establish a depth chart. We’re not looking to run a million plays. We’re not running them against any specific defense.” Linde said. “Camp, to our staff, has always been about that fundamental work. If we can get a little of our install in, then that’s a bonus for us. The priority is about individual work.”
The Golden Beavers’ first practice is Tuesday, August 3rd and they open up the 2021 season hosting Menasha 2019 D2 state runner-up Menasha.
“If anything, our kids are hungrier than they have ever been. I probably attribute that to the quick turnaround time (from the spring season). And also, just the knowledge that we are right there as a program.” Linde said. “We lost some really close games against some really good teams. We beat a really good team (Monona Grove) and sustained a bunch of injuries that kind of took us away from things in the spring. Our kids know what they can be and that’s reassuring because we’ve been telling them what they can be and I don’t know if they’ve ever believed it. Now they do, and that’s what’s propelled our offseason and what’s going to propel our success moving into this season.”
Coach Linde thinks that when training camp starts in August, they will see about 100 students taking part in the program at the 9th through 12th grade level.
There are a few fundraising events coming up which give you an opportunity to support the Beaver Dam High School football program. On August 2nd they begin selling their area coupon booklets for $25 which has over $1000 coupons from area businesses. If interested, you are encouraged to purchase one from a football player but you will also be able to find them at Rechek’s and Beaver Dam Piggly Wiggly.
The annual Beaver Dam Flattail Foundation golf outing is Sunday August 8th at Beaver Dam Country Club in support of 3rd grade through high school football and also the alumni scholarship fund. For information on getting a foursome or donating to that event contact Coach Linde or Tim White.
Click the link below to hear a full interview with BDHS Football Coach Brock Linde
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