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Head coach Chris Foster, center, holds up a playbook for his players to see on Thursday as football practice resumes at Priceville High School. [DAN BUSEY/DECATUR DAILY]

SCHEDULE SERIES: Bulldogs look for second consecutive playoff appearance

The Priceville Bulldogs got a taste of the playoffs this past season under first-year head coach Chris Foster. They are looking to build off last year’s success and make it back to the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

Priceville has never gone to the playoffs in successive seasons.

Foster returns for his second season to lead the Bulldogs. In contrast to arriving less than six weeks before the past season began, Foster has had a full summer to work with his players this year, despite the coronavirus.

The Bulldogs return five starters on offense, including 4A All-State running Jerry Burton, who ran for 2,510 yards and 33 touchdowns this past season. Leading the way for Burton will be left tackle Tyler Cappi, a second-team All-State selection.

Priceville returns six starters on defense, including leading tacklers John Looney and Tristan Holmes.

Priceville moved to Class 4A Region 8 following AHSAA reclassification in the fall. The Bulldogs will be joining Brooks, Central-Florence, Deshler, Rogers, West Limestone, West Morgan and Wilson.

Here’s a look at the 2020 Priceville football schedule:

Aug. 28 at Brewer

Priceville will travel to Brewer to open the 2020 season. The Bulldogs needed to come from behind to defeat the Patriots 20-16 in 2019.

Brewer comes into the season with a young and inexperienced team that returns two starters on offense and four on defense. The Patriots averaged 22.5 points per game on offense while allowing 29.6 points per game.

Brewer leads the all-time series 7-3.

Sept. 4 at West Morgan

Another clash of Morgan County rivals takes place at Rebel Stadium in Week Two. The matchup will be the region opener for the two teams that battled to a 24-22 game won by Priceville this past season.

The Rebels return a 1,000-yard rusher in Adam Lucas. West Morgan averaged 28 points per game on offense but gave up 34.9 points per game defensively.

Priceville leads the all-time series 7-3.

Sept. 11 vs. Brooks

Priceville’s first home game of season pits the Bulldogs against the Brooks Lions.

The Lions finished second in Region 8 in 2019. Brooks’ offense had three games of 69 or more points in averaging 42.9 points per game last year. The defense gave up 31.4 points, including three games of 46 or more points.

Brooks leads the all-time series 4-0.

Sept. 18 vs. Wilson

The Bulldogs play host to the Wilson Warriors in Week Four. The Warriors finished sixth in Region 8 with a 2-7 record last season. Wilson averaged 16.1 points per game on offense while allowing 35.6, including five games of 39 or more points.

Wilson leads the all-time series 6-0.

Sept. 25 at Danville

Priceville travels to Danville for the second consecutive season looking to avenge last season’s 26-25 loss to the Hawks. The win cost the Bulldogs a region championship. The county matchup will be a non-region game, as Danville moved to Class 3A, Region 8.

This game is the first of four consecutive games against teams that made the playoffs last year.

The Hawks averaged 23.5 points per game on offense while giving up 33.7.

Priceville leads the all-time series 9-7.

Oct. 2 at Rogers

The Bulldogs travel to Rogers in a rematch of last year’s first-round playoff game, won 44-23 by Priceville. The game falls in the middle of a six-game stretch for the Bulldogs, where they are facing a team that also advanced to the playoffs last season.

The Pirates averaged 19.3 points per game last season while allowing 29.6 points.

Rogers leads the all-time series 3-2.

Oct. 9 vs. Central Florence

Priceville comes back home for a region matchup against the Central Florence Wildcats. The Wildcats finished fourth in Region 8 with a 3-8 record, losing to Fairview in the first round of the playoffs.

The Wildcats averaged 25.3 points per game while giving up 29.3.

Central Florence leads the all-time series 6-0.

Oct. 16 vs. Deshler

Priceville hosts Deshler in a late-season matchup between two veteran teams looking to make a final play-off push. The Bulldogs are looking for their first victory over Deshler in a series dominated by the visiting Tigers.

Deshler finished first in Region 8 last season with a 9-4 record. The Tigers advanced to the third round of the playoffs.

The Tigers averaged 29.9 points per game but only allowed 17.5.

Deshler leads the all-time series 4-0.

Oct. 23 at West Limestone

Priceville travels to West Limestone for the final region game of the season.

The Wildcats finished fifth in Region 8 last season with a 6-4 record. They missed out on the playoffs after losing two region games by five points or less.

West Limestone is led by River Helms, who has scholarship offers from multiple Division I schools, including Florida State, Georgia and Georgia Tech.

The Wildcats averaged 34.1 points per game while allowing 18.3.

Oct. 30 vs. St. John Paul II

Priceville and St John Paul II meet for the third time in series history but first time as non-region opponents. The Bulldogs won 43-29 last year for Foster’s first victory.

The teams have combined to average more than 70 points a game in the previous meetings.

The Falcons averaged 41.7 points per game, a school record, while giving up 31.5 points per game.

The all-time series is tied 1-1

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