WHITEWRIGHT, TX -- The Whitewright Tigers are looking to bounce back from a 3-7 year last fall that would see zero district wins.
There are some changes though in Tiger country leaving the Whitewright faithful optimistic for a postseason run.
"It's very important. I think that we have a chance this year to be honest. I mean, I trust the coaches and I trust the rest of my team. I think we're going to have a strong team this year," senior lineman Kiefer Hansen said.
Joe Williams takes charge of the upstart Tigers and is installing a brand new offense and defense.
"We've got a lot to implement. Like I said, we've got a new system, so knowing the district we're in, how talented it is, how well coached each team is, we know the challenges we have," the first year head coach said.
Offensively, Williams is brilliant. As a coordinator Melissa his Cardinals averaged close to 400 yards last year and would score as many as 61 points in a game.
That means the Tigers could likely be lighting up scoreboards this fall.
"The system is going to be a little different, our numbers are different, but I've been impressed with our skill and the guys up front, so obviously our expectations are really high around here. So the more points the better," Williams added.
District 5-3A in Division 2 is daunting. Especially with veteran head coaches like Gunter's Jake Fieszel and Leonard's Shane Fletcher who both have their teams at perennial power status.
That will make getting a playoff spot tough.
"Our work is cut out for us. Guys like Jake and coach Fletcher over there, they built those programs and that's why they're rolling. So it's a challenge for us, but it's a challenge that we're looking forward to," Williams concluded.