Nampa High School is one of the newer schools that moved up to 5A. The Bulldogs are considered underdogs so Choate wants to rise the level of play, compete and win.

Choate wants his team to expect the same thing and be in a position to make the post season after week nine. Tying for the third spot last season, Choate is looking to be in the top three or better this season.

Being an underdog, Wyatt Silvis and Christian Haragos are stepping up and making sure the Bulldogs won't have that title for long. The Bulldogs have four returning players who started in at least one game on the offensive line last season. Players to watch for this season are Kooper Wilcox (quarter back), Pedro King (running back), and Rob Davenport (defensive end).

Having an up and down summer, conditioning is going well for the Bulldogs. Choate averages 60 to 70 kids for summer workouts. Before August 10th, Choate focused on being in top condition so he can focus on the football aspect and not conditioning by the time practice starts.

As the season opener approaches, Nampa will be gearing up to play Mountain View High School. "When game time gets closer we will start preparing for Mountain View." In the mean time Choate will focus on fundamentals and correct coaching points.

Every year Nampa wants to win Canyon County. This year will be the 110th time Nampa will play Caldwell High School, so winning is important for the Bulldogs. Vallivue and Columbia High School will be big games for Choate and the team. But more importantly, Choate wants to "be competitive in every game and give ourselves an opportunity to win and make the play offs."

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