“I’m expecting us to be a very good football team soon,” new coach Kevin Jones said. “We realize there are some very good teams in Henry County but I don’t believe in a three-year, four-year plan.
“Our goal is to win now. Our goal is to give our fans something to be proud of at Dutchtown. Give our administration something to be proud of and we want people to respect us.”
Last season, the Bulldogs earned a 6-4 record and their third winning season – all under former coach Jason Galt – in program history. But that team also had Donovahn Jones, who threw for 1,609 yards, 16 touchdowns and just four interceptions.
Will Smith was also a part of that group, rushing for 839 yards and nine scores, and helping lead the defense was Devin Randolph and Jesse Christensen, who were first and second, respectively, in total tackles.
Even though Dutchtown had these losses on each side of the ball, receiver Rodel Shorter, who had 50 catches for 710 yards and six TDs, is back in the mix and so is defensive end Nicholas Fryer and defensive back Brandon Robertson.
“I expect us to be intense and fast,” Jones said. “I expect us to get after it. The last thing someone is going to say when they play a Dutchtown football team is ‘they didn’t work that hard and aren’t coached well.’”
The Bulldogs will have seven players returning on offense and three on defense.
“We want to make sure that we are an extremely sound football team,” Jones said. “We want to be sound and well coached and moving at a blitzing speed.”
Dutchtown begins the season with back-to-back road games at Griffin and Henry County before Jones makes his home debut against Luella on Sept. 13.
“We’re going to lineup and give everybody all we got,” Jones said.