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District A-8 football notebook: Commerce looks to preserve streak

RYAN STEWART Published: August 3, 2009

/> Speed has been emphasized to curb the frequency of big plays given up by the defense last season, which resulted in 299 points allowed, second most in the district.

"We’ve really stressed speed as well as agility,” Williams said. "I think all the speed training and running will really allow us to be more aggressive and generate turnovers. That’s got to be the key. We have to stop somebody.”

Coach: Hulbert has potential
Brad Ferguson has only met his Hulbert football team on one occasion, but he said he left with a solid first impression of his players.

Ferguson said he knows when a team is hungry to win after 17 years of coaching with stints at Fairland, Victory Christian and Metro Christian, and he said the Riders are ready and have what it takes to show marked progress in 2009.

Hulbert finished ninth in the district last season with a 2-8 record and one district victory, but Ferguson said the team has a strong foundation and experience that could push them up the standings sooner rather than later.

"There is a good group here,” Ferguson said. "They’re hungry. They’ve been beat up the past few years, but if these kids can unify and find direction then I have no doubt they can make the playoffs.”