SADLER, TX. -- For the S&S Rams, the 2018 season can be described using one word.
"Finish," S&S junior Matt Billmeier said. "It's on our shirts, we have our pads on, but it's finish."
"Last year, we could have won two or three more games if we would have finished," S&S senior Austin Mullennix said. "The fact that we didn't finish, we could have gone further in the playoffs."
"Winning is extremely hard," S&S Head Coach James Gage said. "The teams that win consistently know how to finish toward the end of the game."
That's what has been on the mind of the S&S Rams since the end of the 2017 season.
"That's the difference between 3-3 and 5-1," Gage said. "At 5-1 we are playing a third place team, at 3-3 we're in fourth place taking on first place Jacksboro."
"It's really going to take hard work and every one buying in," Mullennix said. "It's all up to us, really. The coaches can coach us, but really it comes down to the point where it's all players."
The Rams enter a tough district with five of the seven teams coming off a trip to the playoffs.
"I like a challenge, so I'm kind of looking forward to it," Gage said. "We have some teams we have never played before, so anytime you play a new team it builds some excitement. As a whole, week in and week out, we have our hands full, and hopefully people are saying the same about us."
There will be a new look on defense for S&S, but the offense will be the same. Combine that with a healthy mixture of experience, the Rams want to make it past the first round wall.
"The last three years we made the playoffs, we've gotten beat in the first round," Gage said. "The goal for the kids used to be just get to the playoffs, but our seniors sat down and said 'Coach, we don't just want to get to the playoffs, we want to get back and win'."
"It would bring the whole community together, not just the football team, it would be the whole community," Billmeier said. "That would be awesome."
S&S opens the season August 31st against Paradise at home.