STAMFORD, Texas -

Two-time defending state champion Stamford is looking to book a trip back to AT&T Stadium this year, but they'll have to do it with a new head coach and quarterback.

Ronnie Casey has taken over at the helm of the Bulldogs, but has been with the program for the previous five seasons as an assistant. That makes it an easy transition for his players.

Stamford will rely on Ligon West to take over the starting job at quarterback. Coach Casey was quick to praise him comparing West to their most recent star QB Bo Wimberly. Wimberly helped lead the Bulldogs to their second-straight championship last season and will suit up for powerhouse Mary Hardin-Baylor this fall.

West will also have some big help from his offensive line. The Bulldogs return four starters from a year ago, giving West some great protection. Two of the four being Seniors Tanner Vance and Gabriel Carrion.

The true pressure falling on Stamford this season will be keeping their winning tradition alive. There are definitely high expectations to bring home their third-straight state title.

"There is a lot of pressure from a lot of angels, but the I think the most pressure being applied to us right now is from ourselves and getting back there," said Vance. "[We're] not trying to worry about what's happened in the past and [focus on] what's in front of us."

"Our community is going to back us with where ever and what ever we do," added Casey. "They love the Stamford Bulldogs in whatever sport it is. The main thing is we [need to] focus on us and do the little things and try to take it one step at a time."