THACKERVILLE, OK -- The Thackerville Wildcats put the 'class' in Class C. Outside of missing the playoffs once in the last five seasons, they've proven they're a force to be reckoned with.
"We've been put on the map the last couple of years, been making the playoffs consistently. We started the program from the ground up basically been pretty successful here lately," head coach Cody McCage said.
Successful is an understatement. Coach McCage has been a long for the ride for the entire seven years the program has been intact. He's overseen a state runner-up campaign in 2008 and took his Wildcats to the quarterfinal this year after notching another district title.
This fall feels a bit more special.
"Honestly, if we can all play our very best football like the team in 2008 did when they had a lot of seniors, I could see ourselves going to state, hopefully," senior Wildcat Trysten Edington said.
If you haven't seen Thackerville play, you need to. They light up the scoreboard every Friday night running visiting teams out of town.
Unfortunately for the teams they face, they're returning ten seniors all of whom know what they're capable of.
"We've been working hard since we were freshman until now. Now we have a bunch of confidence going in to this season," senior Wildcat Trent Hollar said.
"Any time you have ten seniors on the field in eight man that's your year to do it," McCage added. "So we're going to take it as far as we can."
Winning the program's first gold ball is the dream, but first there are other things to attend to like taking care of business week in and week out.
"First off, we want to win the district. We won it last year, we definitely want to repeat that and we want to see how far we take it in the playoffs. We think we have a shot of going a good ways, but lucks got to be on our side and we've got to work hard to achieve it," Edington concluded.