MADISON-- The Madison Bulldogs may not have large numbers that are playing football this season, but they have plenty of optimistic heading into the 2014 season.
The Bulldogs will have one of the smallest rosters in class C at 23.
"We don't look at ourselves as 23 weak, we look at ourselves as 23 strong,"Madison coach Scott Franzose said. "We have good quality guys, they come to work hard, they are building chemistry. We have a great junior and senior class."
The Bulldogs will be leaning on senior captains Cody Soucier and Jordan Curtis to carry the load on offense.
"They (Soucier and Curtis) are our split backfield. We are looking to run our offense through them,"Franzose said. "We are looking to run a balance scheme."
The Bulldogs have gone 2-6 each of the last three seasons. They will be looking to finish around .500 and reach the playoffs in the very competitive class C Eastern Maine Big Ten conference this season.
"If we can get to .500 this year, I think we are a playoff team, we would get a 5 or 6 seed. That is the goal, we want to go to the postseason,"Franzose said. "It has been a while since Madison has been there. We want to start building that tradition again. Last year we were close. We had a couple of games that got away from us,"
Madison will open the season with a road game against high powered Winslow. The home opener for the Bulldogs will be against Old Town.