– posted by Michael Cummings
At Priceville practice today, I got a closer look at the Bulldogs’ new Michigan-inspired helmets. And I now have a new appreciation for them.
In the middle of each helmet, above the earholes, there’s a circle with two sets of initials separated by a line: DD/WS. Those initials stand for Danielle Downs and Will Stevens, two Priceville grads who died in the April 27 tornadoes.
First-year Bulldogs coach Dirk Strunk, who tragically lost his daughter Katie in the 2007 Enterprise tornado, said the team is proud to honor Downs and Stevens.
“It’s one of those things where we want to do something special for them and their families,” said Strunk.
Priceville beat West Morgan last Thursday in its season opener. It was the program’s first win since Aug. 28, 2009, against Falkville.
The Bulldogs open Class 4A, Region 8 play Friday at Central-Florence.