HUGO, OK -- The Hugo Buffaloes would graze their way into the playoffs last fall, but they feel like they could have stampeded even farther.
"There was multiple games last year where we should've just closed out the game. We should've finished it, we should've each done our jobs, focused on it and that eventually turns in to wins," senior wide receiver and middle linebacker Chandler Francis said.
Playing the top teams in Class 2A and getting to see them again this fall will give them an added experience that could help them reach their goal.
"We know what to expect, they're fast, they're disciplined, they're strong and we have to prepare here in practice, it starts here first. And then we just develop every day," senior wide receiver and free safety Kentaaj Adamson said.
"Having that kind of leadership on the field, grabbing a freshman, grabbing a sophomore, saying, 'look, it's going to get fast. You're going to need to listen to what's going on,' is a big deal," head coach Caleb Bell added.
Year two of coach Bell is a big deal as well. He has the Buffs trending upward.
"We have seen the results after one year of being with him, you know, 'hey this works.' So we just keep on going, keep on going and we know the process works. We have trust within him, that way we're rolling as a team," Francis said.
As we all look ahead to the season and what all of our local teams will accomplish, Hugo is only zeroing in on their scrimmage Thursday night.
"Playoffs are something that happen down the road. We control today, we control our effort today, we control our energy today, our preparation and our execution. So that is what we're really focused on is being as good as we can be today and we'll see where the chips fall," Bell concluded.