A reconfigured two-week break from football has helped mend some aches and pains for the Grays Harbor Bearcats before tonight’s Pacific Football League battle with the Bellingham Bulldogs.
The Bearcats will host the Bulldogs, the reigning PFL champions and the owner of a 35-7 victory over the Bearcats on May 3, tonight at 6 o’clock at Stewart Field in Aberdeen.
Grays Harbor head coach Todd Hoiness noticed he’ll have more players at his disposal after this past week’s practice, a product of a two-week break gained with the cancellation of last weekend’s non-league contest with the San Diego Thunder.
“We are a little healthier than we were the last time we played Bellingham,” Hoiness said. “We just need to clean up a few things, like turnovers in the red zone and other mistakes. We’re a little bit healthier. We will still be missing guys, but guys who were playing dinged up are better.”
Hoiness said the Bearcats (0-4, 0-6) will have Vernon McCrory at their disposal for tonight’s game and would not have been available last week. McCrory will move from defensive end to inside linebacker, taking Joel Brown’s spot behind the line.
Brown was ruled out for the season with a torn bicep. Eric Dixon, who has been playing in several offensive skill positions this season, is also out for the season due to injury.
Joel Brown will also move around on defense to fill in for Dan Brown and others as well.
“We’re going to grind out the rest of the year with the guys we have,” Hoiness said. “It is a great bunch of guys, but we’re just short some guys who can help. We’ll continue to go out and play and improve; go out and have fun, which is the point of all of this. This is a tough week to be in down on injuries.”
Bellingham currently leads the PFL North division and is coming off a one-week break following a 45-21 win over Yakima at home.
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