After a trip to the second round in 2017, Jasper doesn't appear to be stepping back.

The Bulldogs should be just as good in 2018, coming in at No. 9 in the 4A preseason poll. They return Montavien Hunt and Charlie Burnett, both of whom will play two ways. Hunt finished with more than 500 yards rushing in 2017 and should lead the way from the backfield. Burnett will play at receiver and defensive back.

Jasper OL/DL Ker'shaun Hubbard. (© Clint Buckley,
Jasper OL/DL Ker'shaun Hubbard. (© Clint Buckley,

Sophomore lineman Shun'Markus Adams is already 6-4, 290 pounds and will lead the offensive line. Linebacker Williams Buitt is back on after finishing with 87 tackles this past season. He should lead the defense along with defensive lineman Brashaun Hubbard.

Jasper finds itself in a relatively winnable district, along with fellow East Texas schools Center and Huntington. The Bulldogs have the tools to win their district and make yet another playoff appearance in 2018. Preseason Class 4A Poll

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