COALGATE, OK --- Winning didn't come easily for the Coalgate Wildcats in 2013, they finished with their first losing season since 2008.
"1-9 is not fun and we found that out last year. This year we just want to work harder...1-9 is just not fun," Coalgate senior nose guard Logan Layton said.
For the Wildcats in 2014, the only direction they're looking to go is up.
"There were some games last year that we should've been in and should've had a chance in...this year we want to take advantage of that. See if we can get some more wins. In our district you never know what's going to happen," Coalgate head coach Dusty Newberry said.
Coalgate's district is a tough one, it includes the reigning state champion Davis Wolves. And this year, for the first time in a while, it also features the Wildcats biggest rival.
"At the end of the day, it's Atoka. It doesn't matter, it can be for district, it could be a scrimmage, it could be anything. It could be a pick up game on a Saturday afternoon. It's Atoka and you don't want to lose to them," Newberry said.
Along with beating Atoka, the Wildcats would also like to make it back to the postseason. Something they had done in 2011 and 2012.
"It was fun whenever we went. I miss it. It was a great atmosphere. All the fans liked it, it was so much better. You just want to do it, that's what you play this game for ," Coalgate senior lineman Jansyn Pebworth said.
The Wildcats kick off their season on September 5 against Stratford.