The Bret Harte Bullfrogs enter Friday’s game against Argonaut more than a little banged up.
During last week’s loss to Highlands, seniors Tyler Rosen and Tanner Joses suffered injuries.
That means a total of seven players hurt so far this season, said head coach Casey Kester.
Even more will be playing banged up, he said.
For the coaches that’s meant a lot of adjustments during practices this week.
Moving players on offense and defense, seeing if the lineup works, and reshuffling if it doesn’t.
“We've been moving bodies all over the place,” said Kester ahead of Friday’s game.
But all the change hasn’t dampened the team’s spirits.
If the ‘Frogs are looking for inspiration, they need look no further than last week’s high points.
Like the two school records that were set.
Senior Ryan Kraft threw an 80-yard bomb to Javon Gilbert for a touchdown from Bret Harte’s 20 yard line. And of 36 attempted, 16 were completions, which was three shy of another school record, Kester said.
This week, Kester has been focusing on finding some formulas that work. One of them will be playing a tight end to beef up the blocking game.
“We haven't done that in the past couple of years,” said Kester.
For the Bullfrogs, losing a strong player means losing a key part of the defense, offense and special teams, he said.
Kester said the amount of change the players are dealing with is significant. But team morale remains high.
And Kester said if players can get a handle on half of what’s been worked on in practice this week he’ll be pleased.
“I think the kids are going to do the best they can,” he said.
The Argonaut play schemes are similar to what Bret Harte faced with Golden Sierra, a team they handily beat 47-29.
The challenges will come from their compact running scheme. They’ve got a very tough offense, Kester said.
“Our guys are going to have to stand up,” he said. “As shook up as defense is it's not going to be as disciplined.”
So Bret Harte will turn to their starting quarterback Kraft.
Pushing him to pass more has been part of the team’s game plan, Kester said.
“We are counting on the passing game,” he said. “it may be that we just have to outscore them.”
Another positive for Bret Harte is that Rosen, who injured his back in last week’s game, will be able to suit up for tonight’s game.
The Bret Harte Bullfrogs play the Argonaut Mustangs tonight at Bret Harte High School at 7 p.m.