SHERMAN, TX -- What a difference a year makes. After a disappointing 4-6 finish and missing out on the post season, Gary Kinne would resign. That's when Bill Patterson would take the reins in Sherman.
"It feels good to have new coaches and us getting close to them and they being involved with us and stuff like that. So, I've liked the changes that we've had," junior safety Maliq Owens said.
Patterson brings with him a winning pedigree. He's hoping his players quickly adopt his mentality.
"Like everybody else we're expecting to win every game, no whether that happens or not we're expecting to go out and win every game," Patterson said.
"We're all attentive and ready to learn, we're going to all be here and show up on time and be ready to learn and have energy." senior quarterback Clay Gilbert added.
It seems like the mentality has already been adopted in the five short months he's been in Bearcat country. His club understands what winning means for the football crazed community.
"Very important because all you hear around town is, 'how good is the Sherman program going to be this year at football?' And that's all everybody talks about. So it feels good to be here," Patterson said.
Step one would be getting back into the playoffs, a place they're accustomed to being in. To get there they'll have to finish in the top four of a tough district 10-5A.
Patterson thinks they'll have to win five-of-the-seven district contest to punch their ticket.
"I think if you're counting and hunting and pecking, like I always told kids over the last 30 years, I said look, let's don't depend on anybody else, let's go win the games we're supposed to win, do what we're supposed to do and let's let the Sherman Bearcats take care of themselves," he concluded.