The Allan Hancock College football team is set to go for its second straight Pacific League title. Head Coach Kris Dutra will return for his 18th season at the helm of the Bulldogs and start the season with 100 career victories, tied with his mentor Barney Eames for most wins in program history.
Hancock's 10-game schedule includes five non-league games, including the Bulldogs' first meeting with Ventura in three years and first battle with Santa Monica in 12 seasons. Of the 10 teams on their schedule, the Bulldogs will three teams that finished .500 or better last season.
The Bulldogs remain members of the American Division's Pacific League. However, as a result of the Southern California Football Association's two-year realignment, three teams joined the Pacific League and replaced three teams that were moved to different leagues. Gone from the league are Citrus, L.A. Valley and Antelope Valley, while Pasadena City, L.A. Harbor and Santa Monica are now part of the Pacific League.
Hancock opens the 2018 season on the road this Saturday, September 8, at L.A. Valley. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs crushed the Monarchs last season 46-7, holding a 364 to -13 advantage in rushing yards. L.A. Valley went 5-5 overall last season and 1-4 in the Pacific League. The Monarchs moved from the Pacific League to the Metro League this year. Hancock leads the all-time series, which dates back to 1982, 8-5.
The Bulldogs will host Ventura at Hancock Field for their home opener at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 15.