HUBBARD, Texas (KWTX) Russell Anderson enters his fifth season as head coach of the Hubbard Jaguars.
In his first season in 2015, they went 10-3, and according to Anderson, the 2019 bunch could be as good as the one that was on the field for him five years ago.
"I'm just excited to see what we can do," senior quarterback Logan Morris said. "We're all grown up a little bit now. We've been playing varsity for at least two years. I'm just excited to see what we can do."
"We're all about hustle and we're not going to back down," senior offensive lineman Chance Husse said. "We're going to hit you as hard as we can, and we expect you to hit us as hard as y'all can back. We're just going to give it 110% every play and we expect the same back."
Hubbard will be returning all 11 starters on offense, so confidence there shouldn't be a problem. If it wasn't for the defending state champion Mart Panthers, who knows just how even district 11-2A Division 2 would be.
The Jaguars finished in a three-way tie for second place last season, but ended up with the number four seed going into the playoffs behind the Dawson Bulldogs and Frost Polar Bears.
"It's a pretty evenly-matched district," Anderson said. "Those three teams will probably be battling for playoff spots. Wortham should be better this year, Meridian is yet to be seen because of a new coach and all that. We feel like if we stay healthy, we stand a chance."
Hubbard begins the season next Friday at home against Bartlett.