Three weeks after being named head coach, Pete Hart will lead the Alvord Bulldogs through their first practice Monday morning.
The Bulldogs take the field around 8:45 a.m. Monday after a trip through the weight room.
Hart, who spent the past two years as the Alvord defensive coordinator, replaces Curtis Enis on the Bulldogs’ sidelines.
“We feel good. The kids have done a good job over the summer, and there’s a lot of excitement among the kids and coaches,” Hart said. “It looks like it should be a good positive season.”
Alvord went 3-7 last year, narrowly missing a playoff spot out in the old Class 2A Division II. The Bulldogs moved down to the new Class 2A Division I, which was previously Class A Division I, in the University Interscholastic League’s biennial realignment.
The Bulldogs return senior Joe Randall at running back. He ran for 1,251 yards and 16 touchdowns last year. Alvord also brings back starting quarterback Cassidy Patterson and wide receiver Jaylon White.
“At this point, our [skilled players] should be the strength of the team,” Hart said. “We have some good linemen, but we’ll rely on the experience of our skilled kids to help them.”
Hart pointed out that the team will be searching for a cohesive five guys to play along the offensive front.
The Bulldogs will be tweaking the offense as Nate Skelton takes over as offensive coordinator.
Defensively, the Bulldogs return eight starters, including 9-2A’s Defensive Newcomer of the Year, Damon Ledet, at linebacker.