“I am excited about our upcoming football season. Our kids have had a great offseason and are ready for the challenges ahead. We have quite a few kids that were a valuable part of our bi-district championship team from last year and some newcomers on the varsity that will get the job done.
“Ian Smith has great athleticism and will be a big part of our offense and defense. This will be his third year starting on the varsity and he has been an all-district performer.
“Larry Hatten is our starting quarterback and possesses great speed which will make him a threat running the ball and throwing the ball. He is also an all-district safety on defense and will be a big part of our team’s success.
“Bradley Bellows is a starter on the offensive and defensive line. He was an all-district offensive lineman last year. He has good size and is very aggressive at the point of attack.
“Jacob Muniz is a returning starter on the offensive line. He has good quickness and is really starting to grasp the offense very well.
“These four guys are returners and will play a huge role in leading our team,” Palmer said.
The Bulldogs are a part of the new District 14-2A DII alignment along with Poth, Karnes City, Dilley, Stockdale, Nixon-Smiley and San Antonio Brooks.
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football has predicted that the Bulldogs will finish out of the playoffs in fifth place in the district. Poth, Karnes City and Dilley are slated to capture the three playoff spots.
Don’t rule out the hard-fighting Bulldogs. TR is coming off a 9-3 season and definitely has some skilled players and a strong team work ethic that may prove the prognosticators wrong.
The Bulldogs open the season with county rival George West and it will be a good test for the Bulldogs. Non-district encounters include games with Natalia, Jourdanton and Kenedy.