DENISON, TX -- The Denison Yellow Jackets are tired of losing. After three straight losing seasons with a combined 7-23 record, they're ready to bring the winning tradition back to Munson Stadium.
'We believe we're going to have a great season, and we believe in each other, we believe in our work ethic and we believe in Denison," head coach Chad Rogers said.
Last year was tough for the Jackets. It Rogers' first year and the growing pains would show as they would finish 2-8 and sixth in district 13-4A. But now with a year in his system, they feel like they're ready to turn it around.
"Everybody struggles, but we've got to get back on top eventually and why not this year?" senior offensive tackle Chandler Glenn wonders.
"You know, you got a program that's a very historic program that's been down three years and you know we feel like we've got something to change. We want to get it back, we want to build it back to the way it was and we've got an opportunity to do that this year," Rogers said.
What's different this year is the way the team has responded to their lead man. When you step out on to the practice field you can notice the difference.
"Everybody's bought in, they actually believe that we can win state and then last year everyone just... They believed, but they didn't really know what to do, they just kind of were on the fence about it, but I think this year we're full out and we're going to win state," junior quarterback Chance Rogers added.
"We had so much talent, but we just didn't know how to put it to use, but I think this year that now we actually bought in and actually did the off-season, the whole off-season, I think we'll do pretty good," senior safety/linebacker Yefri Chavez said.
The difference is not only in the team's morale, but also seen in their head coach.
"He's actually more relaxed and he's up tune and he actually acts like he feels good. Last year, he was just out of whack," Chance Rogers said.
"He's gotten used to us, and we've gotten used to him and we've just started building on the program together," Glenn added.
The program is ready to return to it's former glory and they believe the time is now.
"It takes a little while to build relationships, longer than I thought it would, but we've got great team chemistry," Rogers said.
"Our goal is to win every game we play and that's our approach. We want them to be great husbands, fathers, employees, college students and so on. We want them to raise the bar, and the coaches believe we've got to start believing in them first and they got to believe in each other and if we don't believe in each other, who is going to believe in us?"