The Kilgore Bulldogs rebounded from a tough 2014 with a district championship last season. And with 13 starters coming back, the expectations remain high in Kilgore.

The Bulldogs begin the year ranked No. 4 in the ETSN.fm Class 4A Preseason Poll.

Kilgore nearly went perfect in District 9-4A Division I a season ago, but its 4-1 mark was good enough for the league's top seed in the playoffs.

The Bulldogs finished 8-4 with a loss to El Campo in the area round, but it was a solid bounce-back campaign following their 4-7 mark in 2014.

Kilgore returns eight offensive starters, including quarterback Buddy Jackson and receivers Jonathan Shepherd and Cole Wood. Senior Dylan Scarlett should fortify what looks to be a strong offensive line.

Defensively, Kilgore is talented at all three levels with lineman Kevin Tinney, linebacker Ty Wallace, and safety Mateo Meraz all returning.

2016 Kilgore Bulldogs Schedule

DateOpponentTime/Result
Aug. 26at NacogdochesL 48-21
Sept. 2GladewaterL 29-27
Sept. 9at Pine TreeW 46-13
Sept. 16at Texas HighL 44-0
Sept. 23*PalestineW 33-20
Sept. 30*at Chapel HillW 36-7
Oct. 7*CarthageW 41-34
Oct. 14*at HendersonW 28-26
Oct. 21OPEN
Oct. 28*CenterL 40-39
Nov. 4*at BullardW 35-13
Nov. 10(BI-DISTRICT): vs. NavasotaW 29-13
Nov. 18(AREA): vs. StaffordL 27-21

ETSN.fm Preseason Class 4A Poll