In John Booth’s first two seasons at Bloomingdale, he had a deal with his players: win a game, and only practice in shoulder pads and helmets the following Wednesday.
It was the players, though, that opted out of that deal.
“After the win against Chamberlain, before I could even sit down on the bus, the kids were asking me if you could go full pads for all three days,” the head coach said. “They would rather do that if that’s what it takes to win.”
Whether it was because of the extra day in full pads or not, Bloomingdale came out and routed Strawberry Crest 40-6 last weekend thanks to Eugene Baker’s 186 rushing yards. Now the Bulls (2-0) have an opportunity to do something their program has never done before when they play East Bay (1-1) this Friday—start 3-0.
In fact, Bloomingdale, which has been playing football for 24 years, has only won at least three games in nine of those seasons.
“The challenge for us now is to keep the kids grounded,” Booth said. “Our main focus as a staff is to remind these kids of what it took to get here. And that’s tough when you’re dealing with 15, 16, 17-year-old kids because they get excited.
“And they should, it’s a great accomplishment, but we’ve been talking about humility and staying grounded.”
After only registering two wins in his first two seasons, though, it’s a conversation Booth is willing to repeat several more times this season.