CIF: Bucks organization continuing to grow in second season

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The Bismarck Bucks are in their second year of existence. Players that were on the team last season have noticed major differences from year one to year two.

As the Bucks continue their second season, most of their offseason lessons came away from the field.

“We weren’t ready,” head coach Richard Davis said. “And it showed. We will be ready Friday night. We are a vastly more polished bunch.”

This year, the are major changes at the corporate level.

“We’ve added a new partner,” Davis said. “A local partner. BEK Communications. They have been kind enough to share their staff with us.”

Which relieves Richard Davis of performing four jobs at once.

“Now my role is to share my thoughts and ideas in certain areas,” Davis said. “They may not choose to go that route and that’s fine.”

The organization also learned about player management.

“Way better atmosphere with food and housing,” Jauhem Byrd said. “They even get us travel to make sure we get everywhere.”

That includes better food.

“I like that right there,” linebacker Jarelle Miller said. “KFC and [Shogun Japanese Steakhouse, Sushi and Thai] I was sold right there.”

They have upgraded on the field too. This year, more players are from the great state of North Dakota.

“I absolutely had people come tell me, ‘I know you signed [Elby] Pope just because he was local,'” Davis said. “Not true. We signed him because he’s a heck of football player. We went out there and proved that.”

The team did all the little things so the players can produce points on the board and wins in the books.

“It goes to further expanding their trust of the organization,” Davis said. “When they trust you. they play harder.”

The Bucks are back on the road this week. On Friday, Bismarck takes on the Quad City Steamwheelers.

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