Burnet coaches teach Bulldogs’ offense … to another team

Burnet High School offensive line coach Ryan Jones demonstrates how he wants Henrietta linemen to pass the medicine ball as they slide down the line. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro


BURNET — Burnet High School offensive coaches Andy McHazlett, Billy Cook and Ryan Jones could not get away from the practice fields the past few days.

The Burnet Bulldogs football camp started things June 9-11. On June 14, the three were part of the crew that administered the Burnet 7-on-7 state-qualifying tournament.

And they followed that up by holding a three-day camp for members of the Henrietta High School football team that concluded June 17. In all, about 24 athletes took part.

Receivers coach Cook said he and the other coaches simply love teaching the sport so much that they were happy to give up their time to work with athletes who want to get better.

The camp for Henrietta, a Class 3A school just east of Wichita Falls, was the result of the school simply contacting the Burnet coaches.

“I don’t know if they’d seen us play,” Cook said. “They inquired about what we do. They’re letting us teach the offense.”

McHazlett, as the quarterbacks coach, spent much of his time with that group. And offensive line coach Jones taught the linemen.

Cook smiled when asked if he was concerned the Bulldogs were giving away too much of their offense.

“To us, it’s more about how you do it as opposed to what you do,” he said. “There are no secrets to what we do. We’re blessed with good kids, and it’s not necessarily what you do; it’s how you do it. And coaches help each other.”

The drill work looked very similar to what the Bulldogs do. Trash cans were set up across the practice field for pass routes.

Jones had the linemen slide from side to side and pass a medicine ball between them. As they moved, he corrected their forms.

Cook said the coaches and the players have all benefitted from working with each other.

“It’s been very good,” he said. “They’ve been a perennial playoff team. They felt like they could use a new perspective.”