WHITESBORO, TX -- The Whitesboro Bearcats have been pretty good the past few years.
Three years ago the Bearcats made the playoffs for the first time in a century. In 2012 they were the co-district champs and last season they'd win their first outright district title.
"It's great honestly. My dad used to play here. He said they worked hard but could never make it. Now when I'm playing here with all my friends, we love it. Trying to get as far as we can. It's fun," senior linebacker Dustin Roberts said.
For the Bearcats the goal of bringing a state championship home to Whitesboro seems to be getting more and more realistic.
"We're not out there saying 'oh gosh that can never happen,' but now we're actually thinking, 'hey, why not?' Let's play hard and let's see what happens,'" head coach Eddie Gill said.
"It's not going to be handed to us. But I think we have a good shot. If the work gets put in and we go hard every day, we might have a pretty good shot," senior defensive tackle and left guard Caleb Mitcheson added.
In order to get to that title game, the Bearcats will have to go through a tough new district that features teams like Pottsboro and Van Alstyne.
" From top to bottom, you could throw a blanket over all six teams and any one of them could make the playoffs, any one of them could win the district championship. So it's going to be very competitive. And that's fun for us, we should look forward to that. It'll be a lot of fun every week," Gill said.
The Bearcats open up the season August 29 against Anna.