Mission Bulldogs: A season of lessons
As the Bulldogs wrap up their season, they will leave with a set of lessons that will continue to help them grow both on and off the field. Under the guidance of head coach Rich Ferris, the young team faced challenges but pressed on and learned from them.
“We learned a lot this year,” Ferris said. “We worked hard to iron out the kinks.”
Young team or not, senior Jarred Brown left his stamp on the field, and with his coach.
“He’s the guy you try to get,” Ferris said. “He’s a quiet leader but leads by example.”
Though Mission fell to Troy in their final game of the season on Friday, they did not go down without a fight. The Bulldogs led Troy until the third quarter, putting up back-to-back touchdowns in the first quarter.
“They have learned the game so now we can work on fundamentals,” Ferris said.
Now that the team is going into the off season, Coach Ferris has high hopes for next year’s team but remains firm on one thing – off season workouts. According to Ferris, for the team to have success some of it will “depend on how much they work,” he said. “We feel good if we work hard.”
Building season, young team, challenging — all these words could be used to explain the Bulldogs season, but Coach Ferris is confident they will continue to mature with experience.
“These are great kids,” he said. “I enjoy coaching them. I have fun coaching them.”
Mission 21, Troy 34
Mission 14 0 7 0 – 21
Troy 6 6 8 14 - 34