Coach: Brian Hales, ninth season (86-20)
2018 Record: 9-3, 7-0 in Southwestern 4A
Returning Starters: Offense, 6; Defense, 7
Inside the Huddle
There may not be a tougher opening three weeks in the state than Hough, Mallard Creek and Richmond all away from home, but the Bulldogs never shy away from competition.
This year, new quarterback Parish Metzger will cut his teeth early, but he’s poised to lead the talented offense.
The run game should be the strength once again with Jamal Worthy and Lamont Brooks running behind the offensive line featuring three-year starter Leo Arredondo and big-time recruits Anthony Carter and Trey Richburg.
Bo Huff can block but is more of a pass-catching tight end. Josh Barnette is the most experienced of the receivers, but there is plenty of skill and athleticism to work with.
The defense gave up the most points in four seasons last year, but expect that unit to be better.
Mainstays John Park and Bryce Dixon lead the defensive line, but Richburg, Arredondo and Carter could spend time there, too.
Isiah Burney will be in on a lot of tackles at middle linebacker and the Law twins return to man the outside of a good linebacking corps.
Jacalyn Morrison is back in the secondary to lead a unit that has plenty of athletes.
Overall, the Bulldogs remain a model of consistency and will be right in line with Myers Park to compete for another league title. If some of the newcomers gel on both sides of the line and Worthy and his big offensive line can consistently move the ball, they are very capable of making a deep playoff run.
QB: Parish Metzger; RB: Jamal Worthy/Lamont Brooks; WR: Josh Barnette; WR: Ty Moore/Liam Poole; WR: Jau’Rice Alexander/Brandon Roman; TE: Bo Huff/Austin Jenkins; OL: Anthony Carter; OL: Trey Richburg; OL: Leo Arredondo; OL: Chris Locklear/Mason Jaeger; and OL: Aaron McIver/Carter Meadows.
DE: John Park; DE: Bryce Dixon; DT: Muhammad Al-Taher; DT: Jabari Gholson; LB: Isiah Burney; LB: Donovan Law/AJ Starks; LB: Darius Law/Blake Moore; CB: Jacalyn Morrison; CB: Garyn McDougald; S: Isaiah Lawson; and S: Korey Hunter/Jordan Bratton.
K: Elijah Sweat; P: Darius Law; P Ret: Jacalyn Morrison; and K Ret: Jacalyn Morrison.