SADLER, TX -- The last time S&S made the playoffs was in 1998 and most of the seniors on this 2013 squad were in diapers. Skip fourteen years later to last November, that's when they almost made school history losing a must win finale by just ten points.
"We don't want to be a game away this year and fall up short," senior quarterback and safety Reed Collum said, "We're going to do everything we can to get in the playoffs."
Heading into this season with a strong group of juniors and seniors, expectations are high. If they can be one of the district's four playoff teams it will be only the second time in history S&S has sent a team to the postseason.
"A lot of pressure because it's up to the senior class to be able to motivate the juniors and sophomores to do the best they can and to follow us," senior running back and linebacker William Winborne added.
There have been some growing pains under third year head coach Garrett Patterson, but there has also been constant improvement.
Just two seasons ago, the Rams were winless in ten games. Then last year they would go 3-7, losing four of those games by a total of 15 points.
Enduring the tough times makes the upperclassmen deserving of a run.
"I know what these kids have done, I know the work they've put in, I know the sacrifices that they've made," Patterson said.
They understand the task at hand, and know it's not going to be easy, but to accomplish something so rare for the program would make all the hard work worth it.
"The community, the school is really rallying behind this team and I feel responsible for trying to get us there," Collum added.
"Ever since I've been a kid I've loved football and it's always been my dream to go to playoffs and make a run," Winborne concluded.