DENISON, TX ----A district title and getting the Ax back has plenty of Jacket fans ready to fist pump this upcoming season.
"We just, we're going to go off we don't want to let the community down, we don't want to let our coaches down, we don't want to let our teammates down. And we've been building off that on the summer, the whole time we've been thinking that as, 'we're going to go to state, we're going to go to state, we're going to go to state,' and we're just not going to let any one down," Denison senior wide receiver Chance Rogers said.
It's year three under head coach Chad Rogers. His scheming in year two has them poised for another run this fall.
"We have a plan, we're not trying to be overly confident or anything. We had a plan, we executed it last year and we plan on it coming back through Denison this year," Denison head coach Chad Rogers said.
Rogers is talking about a district title. Those are never easy to win. The new look 10-5A is strong adding Prosper and McKinney into the fold. Having a share of 13-4A last November could place a target on the Jackets' back, but they think otherwise.
"Not at all. It actually makes us try harder because somebody is trying to take something from us, so we make sure we work harder than them so they can't take it." Denison senior linebacker Arlton Ardrey said.
One thing they don't want to lose is the Ax; they'll host the annual rivalry bout in their back yard at the brand new Munson Stadium. Maintaining traveling trophy is high on their to-do list.
"I just feel, the Ax is going to stay home, taking district, no reason we shouldn't go 16-0 with the players that we got this year, the talent we got in the back field," Denison senior cornerback Quashawn Carrell said.
A bigger piece of hardware is the highest priority for a team with a brand new high school. This is the 113th year of Denison football. The 1984 edition of the Jackets are the only DHS team to ever win a state title. For the seniors, winning another one 30 years later would be perfect timing.
"Uh... that would probably be the best feeling in the world right there, knowing that Team 113 did that, that'd be a really good feeling," Ardrey said.