MCGREGOR, Texas (KWTX) The McGregor Bulldogs had perhaps the most eventful offseason a high school football program could have regarding a change in the coaching staff.
Mike Shields takes over as head coach for Judd Thrash, who left McGregor in February after the school district unanimously approved a voluntary separation agreement.
Shields and the Bulldogs are now focusing on getting back to the playoffs after going 4-6 a year ago, including losing four straight to end the season.
"(I'm hoping for) a district championship if we work hard," junior Will Allison said. "I think we can go a couple rounds in the playoffs at least, and then hopefully go further from there."
Allison is a part of a team with a lot of depth on the offensive and defensive line. The former will have a chance to really take the next step with junior quarterback Veandre McDaniel leading the offense.
McDaniel, who passed for 2,169 yards and and 17 touchdowns along with nine interceptions last season, might be counted on even more in the run game as well. The junior quarterback rushed for 441 yards (5.1 yards per carry) and five touchdowns in 2018.
"I think he'll do a lot better this year," Allison said. "Last year was his first year, so his second year should be a lot better."
"We'll become a little bit more balanced, run and pass and hopefully keep that opponent's offense off the field," Shields said. "I want our opponents knowing that when the McGregor Bulldogs show up, you're going to have to play all four quarters."
McGregor begins the 2019 season Fri., August 30, at home against Marlin.