EAST PALESTINE, OH (WYTV)-In Tony Foster’s second season as head coach in East Liverpool he saw his Bulldogs make a major improvement in the win column, going from zero wins in year one, to four in year two. He is hoping for the same improvement from year two to three, especially on defense where the Bulldogs allowed over 40 PPG last season.
“We need a big improvement from our defense. We were able to put points on the board last year but our defense struggled. So we really need to step it up on the defensive end of the football and make some major improvements,” says Foster.
The defense does have another year of experience under their belt, East Palestine has 15 seniors on the roster, many who have seen playing time already including Grant Wagner who is battling for the starting quarterback spot against a freshman.
Coach Foster says if Wagner doesn’t win the job that he will be utilized somewhere in the offense at either running back or wide receiver.
One thing that Foster has preached since becoming the head coach is strength and conditioning, something his players hear loud and clear.
“This past off-season and the one before we have been working a lot on strength and conditioning and building up so we can be more competitive with other teams and we can matchup with their strength. Frankly in years past we haven’t been as strong or in as much shape as we need to be. We have been focusing on that the last three years Coach Foster has been here. Doing that will greatly benefit us and even the playing field,” says Wagner who will also be featured on defense as a linebacker.
East Palestine opens the year August 28th on the road against McDonald.