The score was 56-18 in Dublin Monday morning. And the Lions won.

No, that's not the score of a season-opening football game. Dublin doesn't travel to Tarleton State for its opener against Hico until Aug. 25.

But high school football two-a-days began Monday morning with 56 Lions out for their first preseason practice under new head coach and athletic director Bob Cervetto.

That's a big win for a Dublin program that was 0-10 last season, went just 2-28 over the last three years and had only 18 boys in football offseason when Cervetto took over.

The new head Lion expects the number to continue to grow.

"We actually counted up 14 no shows," said Cervetto, suggesting the Lions could reach 70 participants, a number not seen in Dublin in almost a decade. "We're going to get 60 out here at least."

The classic rock song "Welcome to the Jungle" piped through speakers loud enough to test their limits as the Lions charged from their locker room to the practice field adjacent to Dublin High School.

Cervetto spent the last 30 years serving Stephenville ISD, and isn't the only Dublin coach to leave Stephenville. Former Henderson Junior High athletic coordinator Greg Hardcastle is the Lions' new offensive coordinator, while former Stephenville head baseball coach and junior high football coach Steve Carroll is the defensive coordinator.

The Lions have preseason scrimmages at Meridian Aug. 13 and at home against Tolar on Aug. 18.