EASTMAN - Rex Hodges and his football team take to the field this season with 8 returning starters to a squad that went 5-6 with an exit out of the state playoffs in the first round. Seven seniors will help pave the way with a team that Hodges says is relatively young but can learn a lot from some of their more experienced players.

"Malik Lamb is returning at running back, he had about 600 yards rushing last year so that should be a strength", adds Hodges. "We have two defensive linemen in Brandon Thomas and Josh Edwards. After that we have a lot of guys that have little or very little game experience. We're kind of a young team and we'll just see how we look when we get out there."

Dodge County plays host to Southwest this Friday night to kick off the season.