STAMFORD, Texas - Two-time defending state champion Stamford is looking to get back to AT&T Stadium this year, and 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 isn't new to the program. He's been an assistant the previous five seasons.
Stamford will look to Junior Ligon West to take over the starting job at quarterback, and Coach Casey was quick to compare him to their most recent star QB Bo Wimberly. Wimberly led the Bulldogs to a state title in 2013 and will be playing for Mary Hardin-Baylor in this fall.
It will also help that West has four returning starters on the offensive line, including Seniors Tanner Vance and Gabriel Carrion.
The true pressure for Stamford this season though, falls on adding another golden football to the trophy case.
"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 [the state championship]," 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 focus on us, and do the little things and try to take it one step at a time."
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