Milestones push Bulldogs’ prospects

South Callaway head coach Tim Rulo talks with his varsity squad toward the end of Wednesday's practice at the high school in Mokane. The Bulldogs — coming off their 2010 milestone season — open the 2011 campaign at Fayette at 7 tonight.

South Callaway head coach Tim Rulo talks with his varsity squad toward the end of Wednesday's practice at the high school in Mokane. The Bulldogs — coming off their 2010 milestone season — open the 2011 campaign at Fayette at 7 tonight. Photo by Ryan Boland.

— Now that the model is in place, the 2011 South Callaway Bulldogs football team’s task is to determine how to follow suit.

South Callaway — which starts its season tonight at Fayette (kickoff at 7) — is entering its fourth year under head coach Tim Rulo, who has steered the Bulldogs to three straight postseason appearances.

The program’s breakthrough came in 2010, when South Callaway posted a school-record 10 victories. The Bulldogs also claimed their first-ever district and conference titles, leading to their first playoff home game and win — a 41-21 romp over Clopton/Elsberry in the Class 2 regionals.

South Callaway eventually lost to Mark Twain 28-6 in sectional play, completing its season with a 10-2 mark.

With a lofty standard set, expectations for the Bulldogs — both internally and externally — have been ratcheted up. South Callaway was tied at No. 10 with Mountain View-Liberty in the Class 2 preseason state poll released earlier this week.

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