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Bedford Football 2014

08/27/2014, 12:00am EDT
By BLADE STAFF

Michelle German GSK Creations

Coach: Jeff Wood, seventh season

Last season: 11-1, 6-0 Southeastern Conference

Returning letter winners: 16

Returning starters: Offense 0, defense: 0

Schemes: Flexbone/​4-2-5

Top players: Seniors: Tom Sheperd, 6-0, 175, QB; Derrick Sheperd, 5-11, 175, S; Christian Ormsby, 5-10, 185, FB; Dylan Stewart, 6-4, 225, CB; Justin Strickland, 6-2, 265, DT. Juniors: Ron Wyszczelski, 6-0, 255, LG; Timmy Stevens, 6-2,265, DT.

Outlook: While Mules return 16 letter winners, none had significant time as a starter. When Wood says his outlook for the team is to get better, he doesn’t mean it as a cliche.

“We’re so young and inexperienced, but it’s a lot of fun to watch them gel like this,” said Wood. “Our kids, they know the expectations, and they’ve worked extremely hard in the offseason to kind of stomp out all those issues about inexperience.”

Derrick Sheperd — the cousin of Bedford quarterback Tom Sheperd — could anchor the defense, while Wyszczelski will play a pivotal role in the development of offensive line.

Wood’s main goal for the Mules is overall growth, which could serve as a reflection for how they work through adversity.

“We’re going to find out things about them every single day in practice because of that inexperience,” Wood said. “But day in and day out, we get a lot out of them.”

BEDFORD

(Southeastern Conference)

Aug. 28-at Dearborn Fordson

Sept. 5-at Fenton

Sept. 12-at Ypsilanti

Sept. 19-Ann Arbor Huron

Sept. 26-at Saline

Oct. 2-Ann Arbor Pioneer

Oct. 10-at Ann Arbor Skyline

Oct. 17-Monroe

Oct. 24-Detroit Consortium

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