Can the La Porte Bulldogs end North Shore's stranglehold on District 22-5A? With 19 returning lettermen and 11 starters coming back, head coach Jeff LaReau hopes so. The Bulldogs finished 7-5 last season and have enough talent to at least make a return to the postseason.
OFFENSIVE BACKS/RECEIVERS: Robbie Cook will be the starting quarterback, and does have two solid receivers to help him adjust to the role. Andrew English had 16 receptions and three touchdowns in 2006, while Colby Riley also returns to give the Bulldogs an outside threat. Devon Sutherland and Morgan Wright will also get time at wideout. LaReau is excited about the prospects of sophomore running back Kendrick Perkins, who replaces the departed Quinten Castille as the Bulldogs' top ground-gainer. Kyle Marchan will line up at fullback.
OFFENSIVE LINE: This will make or break the team, as only senior Tucker Gilley comes back. Justin Carnes, Brian Nichols and Ian Ogando will get reps.
DEFENSIVE LINE: Nichols and Ogando will also play on this side of the ball. Bradley Lannie has extensive experience and adds depth to the position.
LINEBACKERS: Marchan and Aaron Spaugh are the top returning players for the unit, which will also rely on an influx of talent coming over from junior varsity.
SECONDARY: Riley had 92 tackles and four interceptions last season and is the leader of the defense. The position is one of strength as English, Aireal Boyd, Blake Marchal and Jimmy Randle provides depth.
SPECIAL TEAMS: K/P Diego Navar was one of the district's top performers last season and will help the Bulldogs win the field position battle.
OVERALL: The Bulldogs will be fairly young, but should mature over the course of the season. If the offensive line develops, La Porte should make the playoffs again.