In a four-year span from 2007-2010, Electra's football team won only six games. In 2011, the Tigers went 6-6, advancing to the area round of the playoffs.
It's safe to say, few saw the winning season coming.
As the 2012 season is set to begin, Electra faces elevated expectations.
"Now you have a target on your back," head coach Mark Young.
The head coach responsible for the turnaround is gone. Keith Ivy is now leading the Seymour Panthers. New head coach Mark Young returns to his small-town roots, after coaching six years for powerhouse Denton Guyer.
Good impressions have been made on both sides. Senior Blaze Lynn says Young shows dedication to the players, while Young says the team has welcomed him in with open arms, despite being the third different coach in three years.
"I think this is going to be one of the greatest seasons since I've been in high school," Lynn said.
A veteran team led by five seniors and five juniors return in 2012, all motivated by their taste of the playoffs.
"We talk about that daily. I always remind them," Young said. "I ask them every day, ‘how did you feel after that playoff loss?'. I put it on the seniors, ‘do you want to feel that way again, or do you want to go out on top?'"
One of the youngest Tigers will play a huge role in determining Electra's success. Sophomore quarterback Michael Bishop will take the bulk of the snaps at QB, after splitting time with Tyler Coats (1,496 yards, 21 TDs rushing) last season. Bishop was one of the best freshmen in Texoma, running for 1,001 yards and 19 scores last season.
"A lot of pressure was on me playing quarterback," he said. "Me and Tyler switching made me a better player."
Bishop's new coach has been impressed from the get go, saying he's picked up the new offense quickly.
Young plans to run more plays out of the traditional I-form in addition to ever-popular spread offense.
Electra's been realigned into a tough district with perennial powers Munday and Muenster. Standing in an end-of-practice huddle, Young stresses to the team that he's tired of the "batting for third place in the district talk".
Those two teams cap their district schedule, opening league play at Muenster on October 12, while ending the season hosting Munday on November 9. One of the other big matchups is a road game against Ivy and Seymour September 14.
8/31 vs. Gorman
9/14 at Seymour
9/21 vs. Haskell
9/28 at Archer City
10/05 vs. Olney
10/12 at Muenster
10/19 vs. Era
10/26 at Petrolia
11/02 at Perrin-Whitt
11/09 vs. Munday