High School Football preview: The Pike County Bulldogs

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BRUNDIDGE, Ala (WDHN) — Heading into this season, the Bulldogs are led by Fred Holland who is entering his ninth season as head coach.

In his tenure, Pike County has produced winning season after winning season. With their 2019 installment being the best, going undefeated in the regular season.

But, that success did not turn into playoff success as the Bulldogs were bounced in the first round against T.R. Miller.

“This year is different, we just have to focus in on some things that hurt us from being able to advance a little farther. You know we are going to be younger but we have some great upcoming guys,” said coach Holland.

Last season the Bulldogs, in the games they won, they won big. Only twice did they win by less than ten points, outside of that, they won seven games by twenty points or more.

That was because this team played well on both sides of the ball, they averaged 35 points a game while only allowing about nine. That is a great recipe for success.

However, the Bulldogs lost some valuable seniors from last year’s team including Rayshawn Reynolds, a first team All-State running back and Jordan Hobby.

This season, the Bulldogs move from region two over into region four, so they will see some new competition than they have seen.

Their defense is getting a key piece back in Horanando Wheeler who was a second team All-State player in 2019.

The Bulldogs will open up the year against Charles Henderson before hitting the road to take on Hillcrest Evergreen.

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