Coahoma had another taste of postseason football last year, securing its third consecutive playoff appearance.
But once again, the Bulldogs were forced to exit in the first round.
“We haven’t performed as well as we wanted to, but I think this year it’s going to change with all the experience we have and all the years that we’ve put in together,” said senior lineman Keegan Dobbs.
This team boasts an abundance of that aforementioned experience. Out of the 29 players on last year’s varsity roster, 24 will return.
“Our older kids have all bought in,” said head coach Chris Joslin. “They all showed up this summer. They were getting after it in the weight room in the spring and all that. Our leadership is what we’re going to lean on.”
Offensively, that includes eight starters. Quarterback Zack Schneider is one of them. His entire offensive line is back as well.
“One of them’s my brother on the line,” Schneider said, referring to Jonathon Schneider. “That’s a whole lot of help there. We’ve all been growing together and they’re great linemen.”
Schneider did most of his damage on the ground, rushing for 1,901 yards with 27 touchdowns.
“Probably the thing we need to get better as a staff at is we need to get to throwing the ball a lot more,” said Joslin. “Take the pressure off of (Schneider) and then giving it to other people.”
Defensively, the Bulldogs boast plenty of size – especially in the front seven.
“We have six guys up the middle that played a ton of football,” said Joslin. “We feel like if you can shore up the inside, then we can rally and run to the ball on the outside. We’re excited about everything they’re doing on that side of the ball as well.”