There's a different feeling in Nacogdoches.
"We feel like we've got a shot to win the district championship," Head Coach Bill Harper says. It's going to take a lot of hard work."
One of the reason's the Dragons think they can take that next step. They believe they have the biggest coaching staff in the state of Texas.
We've got a bunch of leaders," Senior Offensive Lineman Shelton Briley says. "Might as well be coaches out there."
"I'm pretty sure I know as much as Coach Preston," Quarterback Justin McAninch says. "We meet all the time."
That what comes with three years of varsity experience. Several Nacogdoches seniors will be four year starters.
"It usually means there were some lean years and tough times," Harper says. "But it's always a blessing and pleasure once they get to that senior year."
"Especially in a tight game situation," three year starter James Ervin says. "The coaches can't be out there. So somebody has to step up and be a leader and tell them where to go."
The Dragons really do sound like coaches. They're already talking about working the holidays.
"Our goal this year is to be practicing Thanksgiving morning," McAninch says.