Change is a constant theme in high school football, players change, coaches change. However, this season at Bosse, the struggling Bulldog program may finally be on solid footing.
"We tell the kids to compete every day," says Bosse first year head coach Stephan Mullen, "and we've kind of got the motto "Anyone, anytime, anywhere"."
For the second year in a row, there's a new sheriff in town at Bosse, however this time it's a familiar face. After one 0-and-9 season, Damarcus Ganaway left in late spring, leaving long-time assistant Stephan Mullen to take the reins and rebuild.
I've been here the longest. I knew the kids. So really the transition wasn't too tough.
"There wasn't much of a fall-off," says Mullen. "It helps that I'm bringing a lot of the guys back that were here last year. It was familiar faces. We weren't bringing in a whole new staff. They know what to expect from me. I know what to expect from them."
"All the players and coaches that we have with us right now," says Bosse senior quarterback Breylin Bahme, "they love Mullen as a new coach. So, just the idea of it brings the positive attitude that we're having right now."
And attitude is the key, as Mullen looks to turn around the fortunes of a bulldog program that hasn't experienced a winning season since 2013.
"We've had the capability," says Mullen, "but it's getting the discipline and wanting to play the game, and some desire, as well, to be out here, which we've had. We've had great attendence this summer. We're getting the numbers up every day. Those kids are sticking around, which is a good thing."
One of those kids that have stuck around for a fourth year is quarterback Breylin Behme. Beginning his third season under center, the converted signal caller has grown into the position.
"With all the hard work I've put in," says Behme, "I've developed easier than I thought it would be when I first started. I thought, when I first started there was no way I could play varsity quarterback, but all the hard work has paid off."
"He's a film junkie," says Mullen. "He texts me all the time. I send him videos. Do stuff with him on twitter. He's an all around great kid. He's a leader in the school. He's a leader on the field. He's what anyone would want in a quarterback. A kid who understands the offense. Puts in the time. He's a first one in, last one out kind of guy."
Behme will have a stable of running backs behind him, led by junior Jaiden Thomas, with seniors DeBryan Bush and Adonimi Parker in reserve. As far as his targets, Behme will have seniors receivers Deylan Fox-Boone and Jeffrey Lapointe, as well as super sophomore Amari Hope. Then there's reliable senior Joe McElroy at tight end. However, the Bulldogs' pride and joy is it's senior-laden offensive line, paving the way for a pound-and-ground attack.
"I love it, actually," says Behme. "The mindset their bringing to this team. With them having this mindset, we'll be really good, because this whole offense is built behind them."
"Three of the guys have been here all four years," says Mullen, "and then we had the addition of Khalil Lewis, who we finally got him out here. He's probably one of the strongest kids in the school. He's been here every day this summer working hard. Hurley Esters, Adaireyon Shields and Ashon Stewart. Those guys are awesome to have around. Having leadership there."
And that strength transfers over to the defense. However, the bulldogs linebacker corps will need to grow up fast, as the unit looks to improve from a squad that gave up nearly 46 points in 2020.
"Our linebacking corps is a little young," says Mullen. "Maybe not on paper, but they haven't had a lot of experience there. So we're improving that every day. And our DB's have some experience, and they've been playing 7-on-7. So they're getting a lot of experience and understanding the system and just keeping it simple for them, so we can master our coverages."