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2012 LSG Team Preview — Kilgore Bulldogs

2012 LSG Texas High School Football Team Preview — Kilgore Bulldogs

Team: Kilgore Bulldogs (16-3A)

Colors: Red/White

1st varsity season: 1931

Stadium: R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 7,300)

Enrollment: 964.5 -- Largest in the district out of 7 schools

2012 Schedule:
@ Marshall
Sweeny
Longview Pine Tree
@ Mount Pleasant
Longview Spring Hill **
@ Bullard **
Gladewater **
@ Tyler Chapel Hill **
Henderson **
@ Gilmer **

Coach: Mike Wood (2 years) 12-12 at Kilgore; 12-12 all-time coaching record

Returning Lettermen: 13

Returning Starters: Offense: 3 Defense: 6

Key Players:
* LB A.J. Davis 179 tackles 13 TFL 1st Team All-State (TSWA), 2nd Team All-State (AP) DIST. DEFENSIVE MVP & 2nd Team All-Texas TOP 20 LB
* QB/DB Cooper Coldiron 133 tackles 1st Team All-District
* DB Benny Colbert 45 tackles 3 blocked kicks 1st Team All-District
* DB Hector Peralez 60 tackles 7 INTs
* LB JR Jake Brantley 134 tackles
* OL Tyler Jones
* FB Cornelius Bell
* DL Josh Daniels
* OL JR Clay Wiley
* DL JR LaDarrin Anthony
* RB SOPH Kevron Justice
* DL SOPH Trey Conrad
* TE/LB SOPH Jarod Wood

Notes:
* Will be moving down to Class 3A for the first time since 1979

  • Mike Says: The Bulldogs lost twice to Corsicana last year and was a surprise team in 4A making the Quarterfinals. That should put them at the top of Class 3A this year. The problem is that they were put in one of the toughest districts in all the state (16-3A). They will have to go up against Tyler Chapel Hill (2 consecutive championship games), Henderson (2010 state champion) and Gilmer for 3 playoff spots. Those 3 games are also their final 3 in district play. Pencil these in for LSG Games Of The Week. This years team will feature a very good linebacking core led by A.J.Davis who may be the best in the state and a strong secondary. Look for them to go 7-3 or 8-2 in the regular season.
  • Chris Says:  Kilgore took a solid playoff team last season and went further than most people thought they would.  Dropping down to Class 3A should translate to more success.  The problem is they drop into the very heart of great Class 3A football in District 16-3A.   If they can make it out of the district and into the playoffs, the Bulldogs should have a good run, but their district battles will be hard.  The Bulldogs could put up a respectable 7-3 and be left at home come playoff time.

Last Years Record: 9-5 overall 5-2 District

2011 Games:
vs Corsicana (13-2) (L 13-38)
at Henderson (11-3) (L 7-35)
vs Mount Pleasant (3-7) (W 31-21)
vs Marshall (2-8)* (2OT) (W 47-41)
at Longview Pine Tree (1-9)* (W 35-13)
at Jacksonville (4-6)* (L 20-27)
vs Hallsville (5-6)* (W 31-21)
at Nacogdoches (1-9)* (W 28-16)
vs Tyler John Tyler (11-4)* (3OT) (L 49-55)
at Whitehouse (5-6)* (W 64-26)

Playoffs: Division II Quarterfinals
vs Royse City (3-8) (at Mount Pleasant) (W 44-6) Bi-District
vs Lancaster (9-3) (at Corsicana) (W 14-6) Area
vs Frisco (10-3) (at Forney) (W 24-10) Regionals
vs Corsicana (13-2) (at Forney) (L 21-42) Quarterfinals

History:
* Ranks #55 (Up 11 spots from 2010) in the 2012 LSG Team Of The Decade Rankings
* Ranks #30 in Class 3A All-Time Winning %
* All-Time Record: 484-327-30 59.33% 841 games
* Playoffs: (23) 1953,1956,1957,1959,1987,1988,1991,1992,1995,1996,1997,1998,1999,2000,2001
2002,2003,2004,2005,2007,2008,2009,2011

Championship History: (1) 1-0
2004 4A Division II - Kilgore 33, Dallas Lincoln 27 - OT(2)

Last 5 year record: 35-24

Last 10 year record: 88-35

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