JASPER, Texas (KTRE) -The Jasper Bulldogs enter the season with a lot of expectations of making a state title run.
The Bulldogs lost last year in the Regional Semifinals to West-Orange Stark but not before pulling off 12 straight victories. The team will be led by senior running back Montavien Hunt who rushed for 1,514 yards, 20 touchdowns last season.
Head Coach Darrell Barbay is also expecting a lot of intensity from his defense. Barbay says the biggest thing that needs to happen to make it to December, and be one of the last remaining teams, is to stay healthy.
“Intensity is everything,” Barbay said. “Defensivly you can go out and make mistakes but you can always make great effort. We have to be intense and have great effort. I don’t know how many great teams are left in December. I think to make it to December you have to be healthy and those are the ones that make it.”
The team is picked by many to make it to state. Barbay and the players hear the chatter but are just focused on week 1.
“That is something so far down the line that that might be a goal of ours but if you start thinking about it something might bite you in the rear end," Barbay said. "We have to go week to week.”