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Updated: 10/24/2013 08:00:02AM

Young Bulldogs grow during tough season

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ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.com

DeSoto County’s Joshua Taylor picks up a tough four yards on this run against the Port Charlotte Pirates in the season finale Oct. 17. The Bulldogs lost 33-12.

ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.com

Jermiah "Superman" Castillo takes a breather at halftime as the Bulldogs prepare for a second half comeback. Castillo blocked a field goal, recovered two fumbles, made several big tackles and rushed for 14 yards along with a big 18-yard catch for a first down for DeSoto County.

ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.com

Bulldog quarterback Shawn Brown is off to the races on a 65-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Brown rushed for 121 yards and passed for 57 more in the season-ending loss to Port Charlotte.

ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.com

DeSoto County’s Joshua Taylor puts a big foot into a kickoff for the Bulldogs. Taylor was tough on defense and also caught two passes for 34 yards and ran five times on offense. He also had a 29-yard kickoff return in the 33-12 loss to Port Charlotte.

By Steve Knapp

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At the beginning of the junior varsity football season the DeSoto County Bulldogs didn’t look very good, and that’s being kind. There were only a few players who had played before and it showed. They couldn’t block or tackle and there was no teamwork involved. Many players didn’t appear as if they even wanted to be out there.

Now that the long season is over, the guys left on the team are the ones you’d want at your back while walking down a dark alley. The players still standing after the season finale 33-12 loss to Port Charlotte Oct. 17 have grown as players and young men. They’ve been through the battles of practice and games and while they were beaten up, they never quit. They came through the season much closer as a team and they know who they can trust to stick out a commitment that was made when they went out for the team.

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