SADLER, TX -- 2013 was a historic season in Sadler as the S & S Rams would win 12 straight games, a district championship and march all the way to the third round of the playoffs. Last fall they'd back it up with another third round trip, which was surprising considering they barely clinched as a four seed.
"We've been there two years in a row, so these seniors now know what it takes to get back there and we're willing to work at it and would love to get back there," senior running back and defensive back Cameron Prewitt said.
What would be even more surprising was when the district reassigned head coach Garrett Patterson in late April. But less than a month later James Gage would take over the program.
"The success that they've had in the last two years has been great. It's brought a lot not only to the school but also to the community. But from where I'm at we've got to move on from this point forward," Gage said.
He's the son of a hall of fame head coach and Monday would be his first full football practice with the Rams. After a successful off-season with the team, his seniors are fired up
"We just want to start out getting together as a team, obviously we've had a bunch of coaching changes and it's a new environment for us. We're happy to be out here, accepting the new coach as well and we're going to try to make it work," senior offensive and defensive lineman Klayton Hedges added.
Getting to play in December is always difficult so preserving their streak will be hard, but Gage and his Rams say they're up for the challenge.
"It's our job now to move forward from this point on and kind of build our own legacy is what I told those kids. You know, I told the seniors to stand up and told them it's their team, it's their season, so we'll go as far as they want to take us," he concluded.