SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) - The Sherman Bearcats didn't exactly have the season they were hoping for last year. The team went 4-6 overall missing the playoffs, but second year head coach Cory Cain believes a foundation has been set and has grown from his first year.

"There's a long list of what I learned, and I think what I learned the most of is learning about our kids, our families, and the community of Sherman," said Cain.

"Especially first year for a head coach, it's going to be difficult," said senior safety Connor Clark. "Hopefully this year he feels a whole lot more comfortable. We're making him feel a whole lot more comfortable, and we're welcoming him. Hopefully he can feel like he belongs, and he has a place here and he always will."

The team has a lot of returning players, and high expectations have been set.

"I think that our leadership that we'll have from this senior class we'll have this year is going to be very powerful and very vocal," said Clark. "We'll be able to get into our players wanting them to be here as much as we want to be here."

The seniors will be sad to say goodbye when the time comes but can't wait to finish strong.

"I mean I'm excited, but sad at the same time. A lot of lasts. I mean this is the last first day of fall camp with my guys," said senior Phoenix Grant. "We had great summer workouts and a lot of attendance there. We got a lot of work over the summer, and I'm really looking forward to going into the season."

"I've been having day dreams all throughout the day every day for this type of stuff. Especially my senior year not going to be able to play football after this year, it's just bittersweet," said Clark.

"I'm just looking forward to seeing how they compete and seeing what they do. I suspect we're going to see big things," said Cain.