CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - When the lights turn bright on Friday nights in the fall, that means one thing if you live in Crockett; the Crockett Bulldogs are playing football and are the biggest show in town.
The Crockett Bulldogs capped off a great 2010 campaign by going 10-2 on the season, including a perfect 5-0 mark in district play. As the Bulldogs get ready for their 2011 season, Coach Paul Parsons has set the bar high.
"Our expectations are to win a district championship obviously," says head football coach Paul Parsons. "We're going to be young on defense, we've got some offensive lineman we've got to be able to find, but we've got great skill kids and we've got great tradition and we hope to follow up on a great year we had last year."
The Bulldogs will be especially young on defense, where they only return 3 starters. The offensive side of the ball, however, will be loaded, thanks in large part to stand out Wide Receiver Dominique Wheeler.
"We lost a lot of people, 22 seniors and still picked to win district is pretty good," Wheeler said. "We can still do good with a lot of the skill position players we have on offense, so that should help."
In order to get themselves mentally and physically ready for a state playoff run come November and December, Crockett has scheduled some of the state's elite teams early in the season.
"We've got a really tough non-district schedule and we play a lot of 3-A schools," Parsons says.
"Our first five games will go a long way in determining how good we're going to be this year because we play Coldspring, they're ranked #4 in the state, Madisonville, they're the defending district champions, Corrigan is always tough,and Frankston and Rusk are much improved."
"We hope to do well, we have a lot of young players on defense and our offense is still stacked, got a lot of skill players back," says running back Andujawn Smith.
With great leaders returning for their senior season and high expectations, Coach Parsons has his sights set on just more than a district championship.
"We know it's going to be a long, hard road...we've got some holes, but our expectation is to be a championship caliber team."