The Hazard Bulldogs are ready to hit the gridiron for the 2013 season. The Bulldogs closed out last season with a 9-4 record and an appearance in the state semifinals. The team has become a perennial threat in the state playoffs, and will be looking to make another run at the state title in 2013.
The Bulldogs lost a large portion of their offense to graduation, but have many experienced players looking to make a contribution. Hazard graduated much of its passing game as quarterback Evan Whitaker and receivers Jordan Olinger and Nathan Higgins are now gone. However, they will be returning a pair of potent receivers in Jalen Olinger and Chris Hudson. The Bulldogs will have a pair of quarterbacks vying for the position.
Hazard was not hurt much in their running game as they return several strong runners to their backfield. The Bulldogs have one of the state’s strongest runners in Brandon Jones, and a pair of hard-running, short-distance backs in Josh Meehan and Kody Arnett.
The Bulldogs have been working hard in the preseason, and will play a difficult non-district schedule in preparation for the district and playoffs. This season, Hazard will have 10 games on their regular season schedule.
The Bulldogs have a pair of scrimmages scheduled for the preseason. They will host Whitley County on Aug. 16 and Belfry on Aug. 23.
The Bulldogs will start their regular season on Aug. 31 with the Pikeville Panthers in the Pike County Bowl. They will follow with a pair of home games (Letcher Central and Somerset), before they go on the road for more than a month. Hazard will finish the regular season with three home games.