Opelika Bulldogs Hungry to Settle Unfinished Business
OPELIKA JOINS NEW CLASS 6A, REGION 2
While the stands might not be at full capacity this season, one thing is certain at Bulldog Stadium. Opelika is determined to make a deep playoff push led by their 35 seniors.
“This team can be really, really good,” said Opelika Head Coach Erik Speakman. “You know, we’ve had some really good teams in our history here at Opelika, and this can be one of those groups if they stay together and keep working hard and do all of the little things that we ask them to do.”
“The chemistry is really good. We have a lot of seniors out here, especially defensively,” said senior running back Eric Watts. “We’ve been playing together ever since we were little, so we’ve all been around each other for a long time.”
Last season, the Bulldogs fell short in the Class 6A State Semifinal. Now Opelika joins Region 3 which includes Eufaula, R.E. Lee Montgomery, Valley, G.W. Carver (Montgomery), Park Crossing, Russell County and Sidney Lanier. However, their expectations remain the same.
“The big team goal this year is to win a State Championship,” said Watts. “Everybody’s goal is the same, but we plan to execute it better than anyone else.”
“We communicate well. We’ve got good chemistry,” said senior safety Tori Roberts. “We talk well and execute.”
There’s a four-man battle at quarterback, but the senior-led offensive line should give them confidence. Plus, the running backs and receivers already have chemistry.
“I’m really comfortable with our quarterbacks. We’ve been throwing out of practice,” said senior wide receiver Will Beams. “Me and all of the other wide receivers are getting pretty used to catching balls, and our timing is getting pretty good so far.”
This year has been tough due to COVID-19, but Opelika is right on track.
“Them following all of the new guidelines we’ve asked them to follow,” said Speakman. “They’ve bought into it, and they’ve just worked so hard. We hope that this will continue and that we get to give them a football season this year.”
The Bulldogs kickoff the season Friday, August 28 on the road against Auburn High. Expect limited fan capacity due to COVID-19, but a livestream will be available to watch the game.