QUEEN CITY, Texas – Queen City is due a turnaround, and veteran head coach Eric Droddy senses that’s exactly what will happen in 2020.
Droddy isn’t predicting a District 11-3A Division II championship. The Bulldogs are expected to compete for a playoff berth for the first time in years. They have good reason for that confidence with 68 (grades 9-12) players on the current roster.
“Some people have us picked last in district, but we can beat that,” said Droddy, who returned as Queen City’s head coach in 2019. He led the Bulldogs to their last winning season earlier in the decade.
The Bulldogs scrimmaged Redwater Friday night, and Droddy came away smiling.
“I feel like a rebound in our program is in the making,” he said. “We’ve seen some good things from the Bulldogs this year. We’ve got a lot of kids out.
“Offensively, we think we should have performed better against Redwater, but they’re a very scrappy bunch. There’s a couple of things we’ve got to fix. The biggest surprise was how good we felt about the defense.”
Turnaround depends on young quarterbacks
Replacing quarterback Dylan Scott is the biggest hole Droddy’s staff faces on offense. Two junior varsity players, including Alex Shelton (6-2, 150) are dueling for the job of leading Queen City’s gun formation. The Bulldogs appear set at running back, with Kieran Droddy (coach’s son) and sophomore Jeremiah Drayton. Droddy missed the last five games in 2019 with an injury.
Queen City’s offensive front features four seniors, and a junior who got lots of playing time last year. Coach Droddy said he was pleased with the line’s effort in the scrimmage, but needs to work on maintaining blocks.
The Bulldogs’ head man is counting of experience to make Queen City better this fall.
“Our front seven on defense has a lot of experience,” he said. “We’ve got three senior up front, and our two outside linebackers are seniors.. We’re older and more confident. Some of the guys really show out Friday night. Our secondary did a good job against Redwater’s play-action passing. We had them covered well.”
Hopefully virus won’t slow turnaround
The current coronavirus pandemic is on the minds of everyone. Droddy understands anything could happen this season.
“We’ve been fortunate during the pandemic,” said Droddy. “We have one freshman that’s not going to play because of those concerns. Still, our numbers are up, and I couldn’t be happier. I really believe there will be a turnaround in 2020.”
2020 Queen City Schedule
Aug. 28 Linden-Kildare
Sept. 4 Union Grove
Sept. 11 at Quitman
Sept. 18 at Frankston
Sept. 25 x-at Elysian Fields
Oct. 2 x-New Diana
Oct. 9 x-at Ore City
Oct. 16 x-Waskom
Oct. 23 x-at Hughes Springs
Nov. 6 x-Harleton
Denote District 11-3A Division II games.