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 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

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 Preseason Class 4A Poll

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