GUNTER, TX -- An undefeated district slate and a dozen wins would have Gunter paying all the way into the fourth round of the playoffs.
They would lose 15 seniors though to graduation, many of whom went on to play college ball.
"There's a lot of new faces out here but we feel like, we trust and we feel like we're going to get the job done, we just got to go to work and see what happens," head coach Jake Fieszel said.
It's the same story every year in Gunter as they always seem to be able to reload. This year they will debut a new quarterback. He says he's thrilled to take the keys to the tricky Tiger offense.
"Big shoes to fill, just been working hard over the offseason and during the summer and so I'm ready," junior Trey Carr would say about taking over at signal caller.
Their non-district schedule may be tougher than their actual district slate. They'll have to once again play teams like Pottsboro and Pilot Point.
"It will definitely test our mental toughness and we'll have to prepare really well each week, I think that will pay off down the season," Carr continued.
They will then have to play Leonard and Howe in 5-3A. Both of them are hoping to try to pry the district crown from Gunter. But the Tigers aren't stressing about that just yet.
"We talk about wanting to just play good football, we want to come out here, we want to try to improve every rep, try to get as much out of every practice as we can and if we feel like we just keep putting good days on top of good days we're going to put ourselves in a good position to win ball games," Fieszel said.
As they look to gain experience and earn their stripes, the 13 or so Tiger seniors want the program's powerhouse tradition to live on.
"We want to leave a legacy just like every other senior class has of a winning season, a good football team and a tough team," senior defensive end and fullback Cade Meyerdirk concluded.