Running & Blocking Bulldogs

The runningback and offensive line, for any team with a dynamic ground game, that relationship is key.

Burkburnett senior Devin Chafin burst on to the Texoma scene with a fantastic junior season, running for nearly 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. His play drew the attention of several college programs, as he verbally committed to Baylor University in June.

"Some of the things he does is absolutely incredible," senior lineman Jake Barker said. "I could never see anyone else doing that."

So how does he do it? If you ask Chafin himself, he says he's looking for the open hole and what he needs to do to score when he first gets his hands on the ball.

"I don't think, I just run," Chafin said.

Like any other team looking to run the ball successfully, the offensive line has a job to do. Barker and his fellow Bulldogs up front know it's their responsibility to make the blocks that allow their playmaker to get into open space. Barker especially enjoys pulling ahead and providing that lead block.

"To be able to crush somebody and watch him make six points off of that is absolutely amazing," Barker said.

Burkburnett is switching to a spread offense this season, to open up the field for both Chafin and the rest of the Bulldogs. While the top priority of the team is to run the football, head coach Scott Boswell says the team will adapt to what the defense is giving them.

And with Chafin attracting the eyes and attention of defenders, other players will have the chance to step up and shine.

"Make the most of your opportunity because it's going to come to you," Boswell said. "Do the best for the team as you possible can."

The Bulldogs are looking to improve on an oxymoron of a season. They finished 3-8 overall, but made the playoffs because of a 3-2 district record. Chafin and Barker were a part of strong junior class last year that returns this season with high expectations.

Chafin, for one, wants to leave with a bang.

"I want to leave something here to be remembered. I want to go deep in the playoffs," he said. "I want to do big things for my senior year."

And for one of the men blocking in front, Barker looks back at how he's gotten to this point.

"Being a little kid and watching my brothers play their senior year, (now) I just hope for the best and play my heart out," he said.

Burkburnett opens the season hosting Old High Friday.