Bulldogs Trying To Live Up To Perfect

How do you top perfection? That's the challenge staring the Kilgore Bulldogs in the face. The Ragin' Eed capped off a perfect 16-0 season last year by beating Dallas Lincoln in dramatic fashion to win the schools first ever state championship. With two-a-days now underway, Kilgore is faced with replacing several key starters and almost begin from scratch in building towards another winner.

"That was the '04 team that was 16-0," said head coach Mike Vallery.  "This is the '05 team. This team has got to come out and we got to go out on Friday night and be able to play and make things happen and I think with this team it will take a little while. We'll find what we can do well and just tryin to be there at the end. We want to, at the end of the season, hope that we're in the mix, out of the three teams to make the playoffs."

The Bulldogs will begin the season without one of their top players.  Tight End Britt Mitchell, who has orally committed to Texas, is still recovering from a car accident, and may not be ready until October 1.  The Bulldogs, though, must be ready by August 26, when they host Greenville to open the season.

Kevin Berns reporting.