After three years away from the Texas high school football playoffs, the Summer Creek Bulldogs football program is hoping for a 2017 return. The Bulldogs return a lot on offense including quarterback John Holcombe and are predicted as a playoff team by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football’s preseason magazine.
However, the road back to the postseason will not be an easy one.
For one thing, the schedule in and out of district play is a tough schedule. The Bulldogs’ three district opponents are Dobie, Friendswood and Pearland Dawson.
All three of these teams are projected by Campbell’s as playoff teams and two made the playoffs a year ago. In district 21-6A itself, Atascocita, Kingwood and North Shore provide very tough competition.
Bulldogs coach Brian Ford, however, said it can be a blessing.
“I think you want to have some good competition so that you’re challenging yourself, seeing where you’re at,” Ford said. “Obviously, they’re pretty good and you’re losing, you have to get better and if you’re winning you’re having a pretty good season.”
Ford made the goal for this team quite clear; get back to the playoffs. A big key for this team, he said, is maturity.
Namely, Ford talked about the maturity to not look past anybody, to prepare for everybody the same way.
“I hope that they learned that lesson last year and that they will prepare each week to the best of their ability to beat the opponent that week,” Ford said, “and not look forward to different games and different things like that that may cost you being as prepared as you could be.”
On offense, John Holcombe will be a huge part of the Bulldogs chances this year and thus far Ford likes what he sees.
Ford said Holcombe had a great spring and has improved in terms of accuracy, throwing the ball and making decisions behind center. He also said that Holcombe gained a lot of experience last year which has carried over to the offseason.
Defensively, the Bulldogs are a young unit, but Ford likes that they are fast and aggressive and hopes that will translate into one of the top defensive units in 21-6A.
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