WHITESBORO, TX – The Whitesboro Bearcats would shock a lot of people in the Lone Star State last fall especially the ones that didn’t think they belonged in the postseason.
"We actually made Texas history twice the only 2-8 fourth place team to beat a 10-0 district champion then turn right back around and beat another district champion, so it was fun to do,” head coach Eddie Gill said.
Two district wins was all it would take to grab district 5-3A’s fourth and final playoff spot. Now after doing something the program had not done before in each of the last four years they say they are ready to take a bigger step.
"I think we're going to have to keep building as a team, we have to have great team work and leaders and we're going to keep fighting through and win that state championship,” senior lineman Jake Cox said.
Coach Gill says defensively the Bearcats should show a lot of improvement. We already know what to expect on the opposite side of the ball.
Senior running back Jake Dyer is back after a huge season last fall and he will run right behind their imposing offensive line.
"I couldn't get where I was without the linemen. I mean, I've been with some of them since I was in Pee Wee. I mean, they've been great, we've got some big guys so being able to see them first before I see the defense is a wonderful feeling being able to kind of, they make big holes and I just run through them so credit to them,” Dyer said.
District 5-3A is still considered the “district of doom,” but Gill and company know full well the sky is the limit as long as they grab a playoff spot.
"Hopefully we can continue to do new things, you know and try to reach down a little bit deeper and again it's going to be a tough district but the guys have been working hard during the off season and in the spring and in the summer and so I think we're ready to go,” Gill concluded.