PAULS VALLEY, Okla. (KTEN) - It's no secret that this season will be tough competing in class 3A district two, but Pauls Valley has some weapons to fight with.

"It's probably the most experienced team I've had since I've been a coach. We've got eight freshman that played a lot last year then we mixed that in with four or five seniors that are four year starters," said head coach Dusty Raper.

"I've actually gotten a couple commets saying that we look faster. We look stronger, a lot bigger, so I'm really excited to see what this year holds for us," said senior quarterback Justin Humphrey.

Last year the Panthers went 5-6 overall losing in the first round of the playoffs to Heritage Hall.

"We could have played harder and done better, but it's in the past, and I think that we should use it to motivate us this year," said senior linebacker Brayden Patchell.

Despite not making it as far as they wanted, the team learned a lot from last season and are excited to see what 2022 holds.

"Our experience got us early, so hopefully we'll be able to overcome that because we are more experienced," said Raper. "We played really good defense all year, and we have almost all of those guys back."

"We've got a four year starter back at quarterback, and a four year starter back in the offensive line. We have some really talented skilled kids, so we're pretty excited about that."

"I want to make a deep playoff run. Something that Pauls Valley hasn't done in a long time, so I want to be a part of that," said Humphrey.

The Panthers open up their season on the road vs Lindsey on August 26th.