GUNTER, Texas -- "You get out here the first day and there's a lot of excitement because everything is new" said Gunter Head Football Coach, Jake Fieszel.
Despite the Gunter Tiger's success in years past, they can't rely on that this season. The team has been to two state finals in the last three years thanks to a strong foundation that head coach Jake Fieszel has built.
"You've got to be able to finish drills, finish practices and hopefully that means finishing game. Game are won in the third and fourth quarters, and that second half of practice right there, we weren't practicing to what we think is our standard and we've got to get better at that" Said Coach Fieszel.
Gunter is looking to fill the spots for two vital players, Dylan Jantz and Braiden Clopton, both of which picked up scholarships at D1 schools.
"Loosing guys as seniors, we have to step up and be the leaders for the younger kids so that's what we're trying to do go. Get the younger kids to work as hard as we are. Get everyone sweating, trying as hard as they can, giving their all on every single play. That way, we can win every game." said senior center, Joshua Magers.
"We have a lot of seniors this year, so a lot of kids are going to have to step up though. Some kids who didn't play last year, we're going to run the ball a lot too this year so I think we're going to be good" said Bryson Rigsby, a senior running back.
Coach Fieszel will be the first one to tell you, there is room for improvement despite their many previous trips to Jerry World.
"You know, I'd like to see us run our triple option a little more. And run our double option, our middle line a little bit more. You know, we'll have to see. That will be something that we progress with, with quarterback. But I'd like to see us do those things at a higher level than we have in the last couple years" said Fieszel
"You know, we've got a long way to go. We've just got to plug, get better every single drill, every single practice, every single week. And hopefully if we continue to do that, we can put ourselves in position to go to playoffs." Fieszel said.