HARTFORD, Ala. (WDHN) — The Bulldogs are barking in Geneva County.

The Dawgs are building off of their successful 8-4 season last year and with a lot of talent coming back good things could be in store for the team in 2021.

A veteran group of juniors and seniors will take the field for the Bulldogs this season.

“We’ve got some guys that can make plays this year and I think that’s the difference between this year and some of ours in the past,” Head Coach Jim Bob Striplin said. “We’ve got a lot of guys who make plays. A lot of guys with a lot of confidence and everybody is looking forward to it. “

One key play maker for the purple and gold is Alabama commit Emmanuel Henderson.

Henderson is a five-star running back and one of the top recruits in the country for the class of 2022.

His talent and dedication to his team make him an invaluable part of this Bulldog squad.

“It starts with him and the fact that he’s learned how to be a leader. I mean the kids follow him, they know what he’s accomplished and what you can accomplish also being from a small town, you can go anywhere. With that foundation I think some of the younger guys have developed their skills and they’re prepared to play and there’s going to be a fun season in Hartford this year.”

Striplin says his team will be geared toward a strong run game thanks to the strength of the linemen and skilled players in the backfield like Henderson.

On the other side of the ball he says we can expect to see a stout defense.

“I think our bread and butter is going to be what we’ve developed in the weight room in the off season. Coach Thompson has done an excellent job, really proud of him and the guys. I feel really confident simply because I think our level of push is going to be a lot better this year than it has in the past few years.”

The Bulldogs started out the 2020 season on a five game win streak.

They lost in the second round of the playoffs. This year they’d like to go all the way.

“We cannot afford to have any setbacks, any drawbacks. I mean it’s got to be a grind on a day in day out basis and fortunately we have an experienced coaching staff who can help us get there and we’ve got some leaders at the top of the team who are willing to lead, willing to set an example and just willing to lay it all on the line this year.”

The Bulldogs Jamboree game against Flomaton on Friday was cancelled.

Geneva County’s season opener is scheduled to be at home against the Wicksburg Panthers on Aug. 27.