Vancleave Bulldogs hope to make a run at the D

VANCLEAVE, MS (WLOX) - Over the past 14 years Vancleave head coach Jim Bloomfield has built a winning reputation.

Despite having a couple of down years, the 2013 Bulldogs have the talent to make a run at the Division 8-4A title.


Bloomfield said,"We feel like there's a lot of parity there with Moss Point and Pass coming in. Of course we've got Stanislaus, Poplarville and Bay. It's going to be a hard contest for us. It's going to be week-to-week, just take them day-to-day and do the best we can in our region play. We hope to make the playoffs and really make some noise this year."

Senior quarterback Terren Crowley can be a thorn in the side of defensive teams. He's been the starting quarterback at Vancleave for three seasons. Against East Central on Friday he had success on the ground and in the air.

Crowley rushed for 77 yards and bagged three touchdowns. He says off-season workouts gave him a lift.

Crowley said," Having quickness and being able to run out of the pocket with speed and over the summer I attended the Manning Passing Academy and I've gotten better with my arm in throwing."

Junior running back Walter Williams displayed speed and power as he banged his way through the Hornets defense for 155 yards and scored a touchdown. Williams is tough to bring down at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds.

Marlon Warren is another big Bulldogs running back at 6-feet, 200 pounds and he has a nose for the football from his linebacker post on defense.

160 pound sophomore running back Dylon Malette adds another weapon on the ground for Vancleave.

Senior linebacker Michael Whittle piled up 17 tackles in the win over East Central and linebacker Michael Brignac added 16 tackles.

"Just making the right reads and game planning for the week," Whittle stated. "Just read your keys and make the plays."@

Vancleave travels to Perkinston Friday night at 7, a date with the Stone County Tomcats

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