Countdown to kickoff: Fort Worth Trimble Tech Bulldogs

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Fort Worth Trimble Tech

District 7-5A

Last season: 2-8 (1-6 District 7-4A)

Key players: OL Zach Ortiz (5-10, 240), QB Austin Davis (5-11, 175), OL Juan Munoz (6-2, 300), WR Dontae Woods (5-10, 165), WR Andy Silos (5-10, 180), WR Lyric Ledesma (5-8, 165), DL Kamari Williams (5-11, 245)

The big picture: Bulldogs coach Dwayne Henry said his team will have to take the next step in learning how to score. Tech averaged only 10.8 points per game last season, but has a few tools in place to turn that tide. Those tools center around a core of four returning offensive linemen. Center Zach Ortiz, who lost weight but added muscle in the off-season, anchors that group. Henry said he expects Tech’s offensive line to be stronger this season, allowing Tech’s skill players to be more productive. The Bulldogs had only 2,026 yards of total offense last season. It will be up to quarterback Austin Davis to provide the solution. He completed 47 percent of his passes for 489 yards and rushed 89 times for 66 yards and four touchdowns last season. Henry said that with the disciplined offensive line, his team will shift to the air more with Austin’s experience and some fast skill-position players.. “We have a lot of speed, but I’ll take a talented kid over speed any day,” Henry said.

Quotable: “I’m excited to play this game every day, not just the first day. I really feel like we got better on the offensive line and that should mean more wins. On this team, we’re all close, and we all push each other to get better. None of us regret coming here, we’re all like a brotherhood and we want to win games.” — offensive lineman Zach Ortiz

“For the most part, the kids feel well-prepared and they are enthused about things. The camaraderie and core of the offensive line is the biggest thing about this team. A lot of guys in the skill positions played junior varsity last year, so we’ll see how they all respond. Our record last year wasn’t indicative of the talent that we had on the team and it’s on us to get them ready this year.” — coach Dwayne Henry

Notable: By attrition, Henry said the application process at Trimble Tech allows about 15 football players to enter the school each year. That creates a depth problem annually.

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