Our trip around Laredo area schools takes us to Alexander tonight where the Bulldogs have big expectations with so many returning players but for the first time in over a decade there is a new man at the helm of the Alexander program.
It's a fresh day at Alexander High School and a new start for the Bulldog football program and a coach stepping into one of the most recognized teams in all of South Texas. After building up United South over the past few seasons, Sergio Salinas takes over at Alexander and he's been impressed with what he's seen so far.
"Kids are kids, and I think our guys have done a great job of buying in and I think they have goals for themselves and in order to achieve those goals, you have to create some habits for yourself and our kids have done a great job of that." (Sergio Salinas, Head Coach)
Salinas is bringing with him some new ideas for the Bulldogs including some new schemes on both sides of the ball that will see a new run blocking scheme on offense.
"We're running a lot of zone, we wouldn't run zone last year, a lot zone and stretch, all these new plays." (Pedro Garcia, Offensive Tackle)
And a more aggressive style of defense.
"A lot more blitzes, more exotic blitzes, it will be people coming from all over the place. People won't know where we're coming from." (Luis Alvarez, Linebacker)
The Bulldogs have been able to hit the ground running with these new concepts because of the big number of returning starters they are blessed with even if that brings its own problems.
"With experience comes some pitfalls with becoming complacent or thinking you don't have to do as much. I don't think our kids are there yet. I think our kids have done a good job of understanding that there is still work to be done if they want to achieve their goals." (Salinas)
Returning talent also means lofty goals in mind and the Bulldogs know they have a target on their backs even if what they've done in the past means little to them.
"What you do today is based off what your attitude is today, what you did yesterday, you can't live in the past, it's about today and I think our kids understand that, they come out here and practice every day with a purpose." (Salinas)
"We have high expectations for ourselves this year. (What are those expectations?) To win every game, play at our best every game." (Gomez)
"At the end of the day, Alexander is a very successful program and it's just keeping the tradition going. It's extremely important, not just to us but to our fans and to the whole Bulldog family." (Alvarado)