DURANT, OK -- The Durant Lions didn't expect to finish the 2012 season 2-8.
"Last year was an eye opener, not only for myself as a coach but for our kids too. It was the toughest year I've had as head coach. I've been a head coach for 13 years now," head coach Byron Cordell said. "It showed me, there's a lot of things that I can work on as a head coach and do different. And I think it showed our guys the same thing. It wasn't any fun for them or me. And that's something that we want to fix and get back in the playoffs."
Quarterback Zac Cater hopes to lead this lions team back to the playoffs. He'll be a three year starter going into this season.
His coaches have faith that he can take this in the right direction.
"He's like a coach on the field. And even as a sophomore he never got rattled and it's gotten even better. When he was a sophomore I was shocked by how poised he was. He's as poised as any quarterback we've ever had here. And he's very coachable and has a great arm," Cordell added.
When it comes to the 2012 season, not even the quarterback play of Cater could save a team that lacked positive attitude and dedication.
This year that shouldn't be an issue for the Lions.
"When the kids really buy in and believe like they have. I'm as excited and for this group of seniors right now as I have been in a long time because of they way they've done things," Cordell said.
"I don't think any of us out here liked the 2-8 season, we don't want to go through that again, so we got dedicated," Cater added.
"We're just trying to all encourage each other, keep each other focused, help each other in the classroom, kids that need it. We've got a lot of players with a lot of dedication on the team. Everybody wants to be out here, so we're doing our best," senior wide receiver Brandon Maynard added.