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Captain role carries extra duties

Being a team captain isn't always an easy job.

It carries extra duties and leadership responsibilities not placed upon any other member of the team.

Some people, especially at the high school level, can't handle the added pressure the captaincy puts on them.

Tim Keller is not one of those people.

The senior on the Bulldogs football team has accepted his position on the team with style and confidence.

Keller's additional captain's duties include making curfew calls and running laps after practice with anyone who is late.

Despite this extra work, Keller is glad to be in his position.

"I was excited when I found out I was going to be a captain," Keller said.

"There's a lot of extra responsibility that comes with it, but I'm happy about it anyway.

There are guys on this team who look up to me, and I want to do what I can to help out the team."

In addition to the physical duties, Keller also has to be emotionally supportive for his teammates.

After last week's tough loss at the hands of Kofa, he had to make sure the guys on the team didn't get down on themselves.

"I just told them they couldn't keep their heads down," Keller said.

"We just need to work hard.

Whatever is going to happen, will happen.

We just need to do the best that we can."

Keller has been playing football for six years, following in his older brother Jeff's footsteps.

When Jeff was playing in high school, Tim and his family would follow the team to many road games.

Tim liked what he saw and decided he wanted to play.

Jeff, now 28, is in the army and still gives his younger brother some support.

"He tells me to play hard," Keller said of his older brother.

"But he also tells me not to be a wuss."

Keller, who plays halfback and fullback for the Bulldogs, has yet to decide whether or not he wants to pursue a career in football.

While he does plan on going to college, he's not sure where.

He also does not know if he wants to try to play football or soccer at the collegiate level.

Right now though, Keller isn't too worried about his future.

He's more interested in concentrating on the present – like Kingman's upcoming game against Mountain View Mesa.

Most people aren't giving the Bulldogs a chance to win, but Keller is convinced that if the team plays hard, they can make a game out of it.

"We just need to be prepared," Keller said.

"If we come out and hustle and out-hit them, we should be okay."

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