THACKERVILLE, OK -- The Wildcats are in rebuilding mode after losing ten seniors from their undefeated regular season.
"Well we're starting completely over, all the team that we had last year is gone. We're having to start fresh with a new bunch of freshman and we're going to try everything that we can to get to where we made it last year," senior linebacker and wide receiver Josh Maldonado said.
They still can do that. The returners are battle tested even though there are only four seniors on this year's squad.
"It's going to be tough. But with the experience some of them got last year, we're going to be ok," head coach Cody McCage added.
"As long as we go out there and hit, I think we'll be ok. Our offense is ok, but my main concern is just going out and hitting," sophomore linebacker and full back Stetson Voyles said.
Having that experience should be beneficial as they work through a tough district with Fox entering the fold after dropping from Class B.
"It's really going to help us out. They know what it takes to win and, like I said, we do have some experience coming back, but they definitely learned a lot from the last two years," McCage said.
The program resurrected nine years ago. After a state final appearance back in 2008, they've only missed out on the playoffs once. That has the bar set plenty high in Wildcat country.
That's why despite all the change, the goals and expectations are still sky high.
"Our main concern is getting the district title and hopefully getting to where we were last year," Maldonado said.
"Once we make playoffs anything can happen, so that's definitely been our goal all summer long," McCage concluded.