ETSN.fm Preseason Class 4A Poll: No. 4, Kilgore Bulldogs
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
|Aug. 26||at Nacogdoches||L 48-21|
|Sept. 2||Gladewater||L 29-27|
|Sept. 9||at Pine Tree||W 46-13|
|Sept. 16||at Texas High||L 44-0|
|Sept. 23||*Palestine||W 33-20|
|Sept. 30||*at Chapel Hill||W 36-7|
|Oct. 7||*Carthage||W 41-34|
|Oct. 14||*at Henderson||W 28-26|
|Oct. 28||*Center||L 40-39|
|Nov. 4||*at Bullard||W 35-13|
|Nov. 10||(BI-DISTRICT): vs. Navasota||W 29-13|
|Nov. 18||(AREA): vs. Stafford||L 27-21|