VAN ALSTYNE, TX-- A 5-0 start last season for the Van Alstyne Panthers had them thinking about a deep playoff run, but three straight district losses left them on the outside looking in.
"We should've made playoffs last year, but yeah, it just didn't happen. We want to make a point this year where we do make playoffs and go far and prove that last year, that shouldn't have happened," senior John Burge said.
Whitesboro would beat them in their 5-3A district opener giving the Bearcats the tie-breaker and even with the Panthers finishing the season 7-3 and Whitesboro finishing 2-8, Van Alstyne would be on the wrong side of history.
"You hear a lot about the lesser teams getting in with one or two wins and unfortunately we were on the other end of that. But no sir, I haven't heard of that unfortunately it was us," head coach Mikeal Miller added.
They have a positive outlook though for the upcoming fall and hope to maintain it through a close-knit bond.
"This year we're just trying to come out together as a family and really hold each other accountable and just treat each other like family," Burge said.
"7-3, I mean it's good, but we didn't make playoffs. So, I'm just hoping to possibly get the district championship this year and make the playoffs," senior Shawn Wheeler added.
To do that, they'll have to find a way to take down teams like Pottsboro and Pilot Point, which is something they know will be a chore
"It's going to be a dog fight each and every Friday night and hopefully we're able to get on top of some people and sneak our way in there," Miller concluded.