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District A-4 football notebook: Bray-Doyle deals with adversity

DAVID UBBEN Published: August 7, 2009
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Bray-Doyle opens the season at Carnegie on September 4.

A new Empire
Tony Roberts wasn’t named Empire coach until mid-July. So preseason practice will be an exercise in speedy learning.

"We’ve got an all new coaching staff and administration. They’ve got to get used to us,” Roberts said. "Our No. 1 goal is just to make the playoffs.”

He’ll try to do it with a system that operates mostly out of the I-formation, but he says he’ll use a little bit of the spread formation, too.

All-around player
If Healdton rebounds from a 3-7 season in 2008, J.J. Montaie will be a big reason why. The junior quarterback returns for the Bulldogs, a year removed from a sophomore season that saw him do more than just throw for touchdowns. Montaie also returned several punts for touchdowns, and as a cornerback returned an interception for a score.

"He did all of that when he was so young, I’m expecting big things out of him this year,” Healdton coach Reade Box said. "He’s going to be a good one.”