TISHOMINGO, OK -- "We're trying to get them back to the traditions of Tishomingo, Okla," head coach Nic Claborn said.
"I grew up here, watching everyone who came here and they made it to the playoffs and it doesn't feel right whenever we don't make the playoffs it feels like we need to get back to that tradition," senior quarterback Devante Lawson added.
Not a season to remember for the Indians going 0-10 finishing at the very bottom of district 2A-4.
They've pinpointed lack of dedication as the reason.
"We were kind of just single like a few people were here, a few people were there and you can see how it turned out," senior lineman Kyler Gastineau said.
Changes have been a plenty this off-season as they've brought in Claborn, a former assistant at both McAlester and Ardmore, who's ushered in an entire culture change.
"It started off slow, but then it just kind of caught on like wildfire. The boys have decided that they are going to show up every day and be dedicated and the realize that I wasn't going to change and there's going to be expectations and consequences if they didn't meet those expectations," he said.
"He brings a lot of stuff, like his hype, his intensity, it just suits me and the team," Lawson added.
Their goal is to get back to the playoffs and even host a postseason game. It seems realistic to the club especially with all the work they've put in the off-season.
"I tell the kids, we're going to take it day-by-day and we're going to control the things that we can control that I can't promise them wins and losses but I can promise them that they'll do their best everyday to try to get better. They're going to give themselves a chance to be successful and that's all that I'm looking forward to," Claborn said.
The seniors were used to playoff berths, going their first two years as varsity football players until last season. They know how much it would mean for the town if they could find a way to get it back.
"It would be a big deal. They have really pulled together this season and most the town of Tish has really come together to support us," Gastineau concluded.