Expectations remain high for another season of football in Seymour.
"Last year, we had a bittersweet end," senior lineman Chris Nunez said.
The Panthers finished 10-4, before falling to Stamford in the state quarterfinals. It was the program's fifth straight trip to the postseason.
Seymour should match the scoring trend of the past two seasons, more than 35 points a game, with quarterback Zach Barton (2,319 yards and 27 passing TD's) and several experienced wide receivers back for 2012.
"We've got a lot of guys with a lot of varsity experience," junior wide receiver Cody Adams said. "Going into big games, they know how it feels. They know how to come through in the clutch."
The trend of the past two seasons Seymour hopes to end is giving up points on defense. Opponents have averaged nearly 25 points per game the past two seasons.
In 2011, Seymour gave up 49 points per game in the team's four losses.
"We preach getting 11 guys to the ball. We want to stop first downs, stop touchdowns," head coach Keith Ivy said. "We're not going to be happy giving up any scores. We want to make sure that the kids understand that and that they're fighting each and every down to win that battle."
Ivy comes over from Electra, one of the four teams to defeat Seymour last season. Along with an emphasis on defense, he's bringing the power game to add to Seymour's dangerous spread offense.
"We get to bang heads more than what we got to do last year," Nunez said. "Any lineman loves to do that."
Running the football should also help the team's defense by tiring out opponents and running down the clock.
The Panthers were realigned into a tough, all-Texoma district, joining Windthorst, Quanah, Archer City and Olney.
The team knows all sides of the ball must be clicking to succeed this season.