The Tioga Bulldogs will look a lot different in 2018.
"I think the team is taking it really well," Tioga senior Jace Wilson said. "We've just got to get things rolling, keep them going and figure out where everyone fits."
"I always tell them you can't do anything about what anybody else, but you can sure control how you work," Tioga Head Coach Cody Patton said. "If we are doing that, I think we will be in good shape."
The Bulldogs make the move from class A to 2A Division 2, meaning Tioga is also making the jump to 11-man football.
"The biggest transition is those five lineman up there," Patton said. "You are going from a game where everyone would be eligible for a pass, to now where we have a lot of guys that haven't been able to be on the field much because 6-man is so spread out."
Not only will the team look different, but so will the field they play on for five games this fall.
"It was very shocking, exciting, and I was ready to play right then," Wilson said.
"I've been coaching for 18 years and I have never had a turf field you can practice on every day," Patton said. "The ability to come out here and not have to worry about finding a line that you've marked two weeks ago, or it's grown up and disappeared."
Tioga is wanting to carry on their winning tradition in a tough district, and make an impact on the 11-man game.
"The stakes are high, but we've just got to go out there and get it done," Wilson said. "we know what we are going to do, shock a bunch of people out there."
Tioga opens the season at home against Tom Bean on August 31st.