GUNTER, TX -- The Gunter Tigers are perennial playoff powers. Last year was no exception. They'd charge all the way into the area round before falling out in a close.
"Our goal is to make history here and our furthest we've gotten is fourth round and we're going for fifth round, going for state. That's our goal, going to state and winning," senior running back and free safety Garrett Hunter.
This could be the year to do just that. Seventeen seniors make up the squad, more than coach Jake Fieszel can remember having in a long time.
"We have tough kids here in Gunter, great kids that work hard and this year is no exception. So I'm excited to be out here with these kids and I think they're going to be a fun group to coach," Fieszel said.
Last season they'd finish district runners-up falling on the road to red hot S & S team.
They're back in the same district together along with Leonard, who went all the way to the state semifinals last year. With Howe, Whitewright and Tom Bean rounding out the six team league they know it'll be tough to bring the crown back to "G-Town," but they're really trying to worry about themselves.
"It's important but that's really honestly not just our main focus. What we're trying to do is come out here, go to work every single day and we feel like if we put enough good days on top of each other then we'll have a chance to be in every ball game that we play this year," Fieszel added.
Even so, a district title wouldn't be so bad. Especially if it spurned them toward program history.
"It would mean a lot. We're all about winning games, but we're ready for playoffs, we're going to do our best in district and once we hit playoffs we're really going to amp it up," senior lineman Nate Yansky concluded.