High School Football

Georgetown Bulldogs toughening up under first-year coach

First-year Georgetown coach Bradley Adams isn't all that disconcerted by the loss of about 10 players from the football program since summer training sessions began.

Adams says he's trying to change the culture at Georgetown, and there are bound to be some casualties.

He's still got about 45 full-time varsity players and another handful of varsity/JV swing players.

"We've got to get tougher and build some accountability and discipline in these kids before we know much about what we're in for," said Adams, 30. "We've been doing that since we've gotten here. We've lost a few kids that weren't able to hang with what we're trying to do."

Georgetown will run a spread offense but Adams intends to establish a consistent running game with tailback Leonard Leak and the use of an H-back that will act as a tight end or fullback. The plan is to run the ball about 65 percent of the time behind an offensive line that averages more than 250 pounds and includes returning starter Tyler Marsh at center and 2009 all-region tackle Darius Brown.

"I'm a young but old-school in my mind guy. I love to run the football," Adams said.

The performance of returning staring quarterback Patrick Ward will be a key in the spread offense. "He's a good kid and smart kid, but it will take him probably until Week 4 or Week 5 to catch on to how things are supposed to be run," Adams said.

The Bulldogs will employ a 4-3 defense featuring linebackers Ernest Greene and Tyler McDonald, and returning starters on the defensive line Leshaun Cromedy and Trenton Grate. "We'll use our speed and let our kids run around [on defense]," Adams said. "We'll try to keep things as simple as possible and try to use our athletes."