The Alvord Bulldogs just missed accomplishing their main goal last season – making the playoffs.
After going 6-4 and tying for second place in District 9-2A, the Bulldogs will reload for the 2010 season. Alvord will hit the field for the start of two-a-days at 8 a.m. Monday.
“Last year was a fairly good year,” said Alvord coach Don Deweber. “The kids returning should be better, and we have some young kids coming up that should help us. We should be very competitive. I’m excited about it.”
Deweber and his staff are not as rushed entering the season this time around. He replaced former coach Mike Chaney late last summer.
“I took over the week before two-a-days,” he recalls. “Rushed is an understatement. Fortunately we had all our coaches on staff, and we adapted to what we had. This year everything is in order, and we’re ready to get started.”
The Bulldogs bring back several key cogs on both sides of the ball.
Offensively, Alvord returns running back Colton Redman, who ran for 729 yards and six scores last year.
“He’s got good balance and good strength,” Deweber said. “It should be an excellent year for him.”
He will run behind a line that returns three players – Clay Hopkins, Taylor Foster and Elijah Gardiner.
“We have four or five [linemen] coming back, but we’ll need four or five to step up,” Deweber said.
The Bulldogs will have a new quarterback leading the offense. Trevor Hardee will take over for Trevor Hartfield, who ran for 805 yards and 14 scores last year and added 313 yards through the air. Deweber expects Hardee to be able to open things up in the passing game.
“He’s an intelligent kid that throws the ball well,” Deweber said. “He doesn’t run like our last quarterback, but he throws well. He’ll give us a chance to throw a little more.”
Defensively, the Bulldogs return their leading tackler – safety Luis Maldonado. He made 114 tackles and broke up six passes on his way to being a 9-2A selection.
“He’s not big, but a very intense kid that comes up and makes tackles,” Deweber said.
All-district defensive end Dustin Griggs also returns.
Deweber expects several varsity newcomers to contribute on the defense, especially in a young secondary.
“Defensively we’re not big, but we’ll be able to run,” the coach said. “We’ll have good team speed throughout.”