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But let's leave the Dragons revolving-door of coaches in the past because Doug Corley is in his first year as the team's head coach and he is doing an excellent job.Corley is a major upgrade from his predecessor in every way possible.While I do not know the circumstances of some of the other coaches, I would like to praise the DeWitt School District for making a brilliant decision to hire Corley.Now that the Dragons have taken their first step toward winning, it is important to give Corley time and recognize there will be some growing pains along the way.The Dragons are 1-4 to start the 2008 season and 1-1 in 2AAAA Conference play.I do not know how things will go in DeWitt for the rest of the season, but after talking with Corley and several of his players, it is clear the Dragons have gone in a new direction for the better.The leadership, morale and playing calling have improved.Corley has opened up the passing game.DeWitt has a good thing going, but to keep up the good work, the community needs to keep supporting the team and recognize Corley is maximizing the talent he has.He is not doing it alone, his players are working hard and he has done an excellent job accepting help from his assistant coaches who have been with the program for several years.Getting behind coaches and the team is important.Hanging on to coaches with a team of good assistants is very important and now the Dragons have those ingredients.For the first time since I have been in Arkansas County, both high school teams have good head coaches.Bolding and Barnes were both good head coaches for the Ricebirds, but Corley became the first head coach of the Dragons who did a good job since I moved to Arkansas County.
Gardner said Doug Corley, who is in his first year as coach for the Dragons, will help the program.Gardner looks forward to Corley staying in DeWitt and said Corley is what the Dragons need.Gardner said Corley passes more than other coaches."What he (Corley) brings is pretty awesome.
Corley gets his first win with DragonsDoug Corley's first conference game as head football coach of the DeWitt Dragons was also his first regular season victory since taking the helm of the Dragons.The DeWitt Dragons won at home Friday night against the Bald Knob Bulldogs 30-20.Corley, who is in his first season as the Dragons head football coach, was pleased with his team's performance."I thought they played with a lot of heart, with a lot of intensity," Corley said."Our passing game was real efficient in the first half," Corley said, adding Coleman running the ball was able to help the Dragons increase the lead.The Bulldogs (2-2, 0-1 2AAAA) scored the next 14 points unanswered to cut DeWitt's lead to 22-14, but Corley liked the way his team weathered the storm."I was proud of them," Corley said."If we can keep passing and catching the way we did Friday night, it's going to take a lot of pressure off of Coleman — open up some running lanes," Corley said.Corley was pleased with the way his players have been able to learn the passing game so quickly."Our kids to be honest have come a long way from this summer," Corley said, reflecting on the 7-on-7 scrimmages the Dragons had in the summertime."Jake Wood had a great game for us on defense," Corley said."I know Deane and Parker each had one that was in the end zone," Corley said.
DeWitt has had several coaches the past few years, but Dixon said bringing in Doug Corley to be the head coach of the Dragons was a positive change.
The home opener for first year DeWitt Dragons head coach Doug Corley did not go as scripted Friday night.In a battle of two winless teams going into the game, the Dumas Bobcats defeated the DeWitt Dragons 40-8."We had a pretty good opponent," Corley said."Our kids kept playing hard," Corley said."They didn't quit playing at anytime."Despite the 0-3 start for the Dragons, Corley remains optimistic about the rest of the 2008 season.He noted non-conference games do not have any impact on the standings for the playoffs."We explain to our kids that the three non-conference games absolutely mean nothing to the playoffs," Corley said, adding his players had enough pride during the first three games of the season to give 100 percent.The Dragons host the Bald Knob Bulldogs next week in a 2AAAA Conference battle.Going into conference play, Corley said he has seen some good things from his players."I thought a couple of our linemen stepped up and played better against a quality opponent," Corley said, adding those two linemen were Justin Carney and Collin Hornbeck.Corley said Wood was one of the better players on defense.With a thigh bruise, Coleman missed the game against the Bobcats, but Corley expects Coleman to be ready to play against Bald Knob."I think our players are looking forward to the rest of the season still," Corley said.
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