Countdown to Kickoff: A Look at the Gleason Bulldogs
The Gleason Bulldogs did not make the trip to Cookeville last year, but there were plenty of magical moments in 2011. It was the year of redemption. “Last season we had lost in the regular season to South Fulton,” said Gleason head coach Noah Lampkins. “That is who we were matched up against in the first round of the playoffs. The parents got up that saying ‘redemption tour’ and so we were able to redeem that by beating them at home.” “That really got (the players) going and feeling good about themselves and let them know Gleason football is important,” said Lampkins. Gleason finished with a respectable record of 6-6. Now in his 11th season, Lampkins believes his team has the talent to make a run at the playoffs. “Well, we got a little bit of speed for a small school and we got a quarterback that throws well,” said Lampkins. Of those six victories in 2011, only one win was over a district opponent. Hopefully the town is ready to support the team again as the competition in District 13-A is only getting better. “We compete against perennial playoff teams in McKenzie, Huntingdon and Dresden, a team that went to the 2-A state championship game,” said Lampkins. “McKenzie has been to the championship game, Huntingdon has won some state championships. It’s a pretty tough district from top to bottom,” said Lampkins.