POTTSBORO, TX -- A "five-peat" would be a rare feat for the Pottsboro Cardinals as they're gunning for a fifth straight district title.
"We want a clean sweep, we want to do it every year and it's really important to us that's our main goal is to win the district championship every year," senior linebacker Questin Stumpff said.
Last year Pottsboro would tear through their district slate winning every game. Their only regular season loss would come early on in a non-district showdown with Gunter.
As they'd then rip through the playoffs they would end up losing in a Saturday afternoon heart-breaker, two rounds from the state title game.
"It gives us motivation more than anything we felt like especially in that Mineola game that we didn't play our best game by any means and we feel like we beat ourselves to be quite honest with you, so we're trying to correct some of those mistakes and make sure that doesn't happen again," head coach Matt Poe added.
Returning several key starters that are all proven winners lands them in the top ten in most Class 3A preseason polls.
That means a trip to Houston could be a reality.
"For this year, pretty much, if we don't make it to the state championship it's a disappointment year. we've had good years in the past but that's pretty much the goal for this year," senior safety and running back Zane Martinez said.
District 5 is as tough as ever. Just ask Pilot Point how good they plan on being. They are also getting tired of Pottsboro winning every year, but the Cards wouldn't have it any other way.
"Well that's kind of what we try to do. We know that we have a really tough district that everybody in our district, you know you're going to have to play really well every Friday night so we understand that and I think if you understand that going in, that helps to help you focus quite a bit," Poe concluded.