VALLIANT, Okla. (KTEN) - Valliant didn't necessarily see the light at the end of the tunnel in 2021 winning just one game under first year head coach Kim Nix, but the team is a lot more confident with how this season has started.

"Last year he got here kind of late, so we didn't really have a good feel," said senior quarterback Case Carlisle. "Coming in as a new head coach is an adjustment, so this year it give us a little more time to adjust to things. Feel out what we're good at, what we're bad at."

"I've noticed since we've gotten into the second year with him since he's gotten into all this play booking, we're starting to come together with these freshman," said senior wide receiver Joseph DePriest. "They're really helping us practice more."

Speaking of that playbook, Coach Nix has a whole new system ready to implement.

"We're changing the offense this year and running what they call a broken wing and everything," said Nix. "Our whole idea is we're going to control the football. Not turn it over, and keep the other team off the field as much as possible."

"If we can do that and not have the penalties starting behind the chains and stuff like that then I think we'll be very successful."

The team only lost one starter last year and is ready to come back with more fire power especially on defense.

"I think this year our big stepping thing will be our defense. Like coach said we're going to try to control the bal," said Carlisle. "If we can keep the ball for 30 minutes out of 48 of the game, your best offense is your defense. You keep the other team off the field you'll be alright."

"Best group I think we have so far," said DePriest. "I'm going to give it my all. Hope they give it their all."