"Making the playoffs, and going one and done, is no longer acceptable."
That's the message from second-year Electra head coach Mark Young.
One of the mentalities he established early with his young players is that hard work brings success.
"It's hard coming from a new coach every year," offensive lineman R.J. Melton says. "To have the same coach and you know he's here and he wants to be here, it makes you just want to be a better football player and work hard for him and all the coaches."
The Tigers want to build a reputation as a team that won't quit. They will keep clawing, scratching, and fighting for every yard, until the final whistle blows.
"[We're] a team that's going to come at you," Young said. "We're going to keep coming at you. We may have a torn meniscus, we may have sprained ankles, but we're going to keep fighting until the whistle blows."
"No matter what the score is, if we're winning big, if we're losing big, we're going to come at you," Melton said. "We're going to hit you in the mouth, just playing tough Tiger defense and Tiger offense."
Senior leadership will be key for Electra. The Tigers return 18 starters from a team that went 7-4, earning their second-straight playoff berth. For these veterans, their goals are simple.
Senior quarterback Michael Bishop says he wants to "Be more vocal, be a better leader, and help my team go deep in the playoffs."
"Be a better teammate, a better leader," is Melton's goal. "And help lead us to the state championship."
"We want to win every home game," coach Young said. "Obviously, we want to win district this year, and ultimately to be playing at the state championship game."
Bishop, a dynamic dual-threat quarterback, will carry the load on offense. He's hoping to bring a state championship back to Electra for the first time since 1985.
"I have a lot on my shoulders," Bishop said. "We all have a lot on our shoulders, it would just mean a lot to bring it home."
"It's been our dream since 7th grade," said Melton. "Since our class, that's what we talked about, we're going to win state. This is our chance, this is our year."