Midland High waited as long at it could, before securing its fifth consecutive playoff appearance. The Bulldogs did so with a 49-35 win over Odessa High their 2018 regular season finale.
Now, MHS has some holes to after losing a large senior class.
One of those departing seniors is quarterback Suddin Sapien, who now plays collegiately at UTSA.
Luckily for the Bulldogs, some of those former players coached up some of their replacements.
“(QB) Nick Peralta – he’s been playing behind Suddin. Suddin taught him up, which is pretty good,” said senior linebacker Myles Jones. “I played behind (All-State linebacker) Smith (Essman). My whole junior year, he taught me up. Losing them was kind of tough, but came up and stepped up.”
Head coach Tim Anuszkiewicz does indeed plan to have Peralta take over as starting quarterback. He says most of their holes in the starting lineup have been filled.
As for strengths of the team, the Bulldogs will look to take advantage of their large offensive line and defense.
“We really just want to progress,” said Jones. “Fourth (place in district) isn’t good enough. We want to be third, at least. Second, at least, you know?”
“First would be great, but we’re going to see this season.”