HULL, Texas — Going home is always special. That's exactly what new Hull-Daisetta Head Coach Randy Birdwell is doing as he takes over a program that he once played for.
"We couldn't be more excited, my family and I. I could not have asked for a better chance for my first head coaching job then coming home. I have a pretty good relationship with the community. I'm trying to get to know the kids, but it's been a very good move for us so far."
Since 2000 the Bobcats have advanced to the postseason fourteen times, including last year. Birdwell welcomes that tradition.
"I've been very fortunate in my coaching career. Worked with Coach Barbay a bunch in Jasper and Anahauc and we've always contended for the district championship. Playoffs is a, hey we expect to be there. Same thing here. Our community at HD, they expect us to be in the playoffs and I like those expectations. You really have to worry when you come into a job and they don't expect that. Because then you're going hey you have to build the expectations to that. Our kids here they expect to be in the playoffs. They expect to play for the district championship. And I'm very excited that's what we're going. That doesn't add pressure. I really think as a coach that's what you want to hear when you come walking through the door."
As far as on Friday nights, Bobcat fans can expect to see plenty of new things.
"I'm a big believer the more formations the better and we're going to get in a lot of them. We are always just trying to find new ways to move people around. So we're going to get in a bunch of formations, we're going to run the football, we're going to throw playaction pass and then we're going to attack. Our quarterback can throw so we're going to let him throw it some. But we're going to attack the run game and we're going to have a lot of playaction off it.
Hull-Daisetta opens the season at home on August 27 against the Somerville Yeguas.
Last Year: (6-4, 4-1)
Playoffs: Bi-District (West Sabie, L 22-6)
Players to Watch: RB/DB DeVante Broussard, RB/DB Dawson Victorian, QB/LB Landyn Sellers, OL/DL Isaac Garcia, OL/DL Gavin Gray, TE/LB Cayden Anders
Aug. 27 | vs Somerville | 7:00 pm
Sept. 3 | at Hardin | 7:30 pm
Sept. 10 | vs Danbury | 7:00 pm
Sept. 17 | at West Hardin | 7:30 pm
Sept. 24 | vs KIPP Sunnyside | 7:30 pm
Oct. 8 | vs Deweyville* | 7:00 pm
Oct. 15 | at Evadale* | 7:00 pm
Oct. 22 | vs Burkeville* | 7:00 pm
Oct. 29 | vs High Island* | 7:00 pm
Nov. 5 | vs Sabine Pass* | 7:00 pm
(*) District Game