A trial by fire is what is in store for a youthful Breckenridge club under first-year coach Casey Pearce.
With few seniors to call upon and a relatively low amount of varsity experience on the roster, Pearce will install his new system while facing an overall schedule that ranks among the most difficult for any Class 3A team in Texas.
Only 14 lettermen are back from last year’s 1-9 club, including six starters on both sides of the football. They will be tasked with learning Pearce’s pro I/pro spread offense and hybrid 3-4 defense in an effort to secure the playoff spot they missed a year ago.
“Our strength of schedule is on a par with anybody who plans on trying to contend in the playoffs,” Pearce said. “We expect to try to be a November team.”