Usually, there's not a lot of optimism with a team that is coming off of a winless season, but that does not hold true with this year's Olney Cubs.
"The atmosphere in the locker room is pumped up," senior lineman Keaton Mayers said. "We're ready to go, we're ready to win."
The Cubs will be led this season by first-year head coach Hugh Farmer. He previously spent five years at Frederick High School in Oklahoma, where he led the Bombers to a 39-17 overall record.
"You know, having a whole new coaching staff has really brought a whole new intensity to our football team," said senior quarterback Taylor Thomas.
"We've got a great coaching staff here this year," Mayers said. "If we listen to them, we're going to roll with them, and they're going to roll with us."
Entering his second season as the starting quarterback, Thomas is ready to help his defense out this year, by consistently making plays on offense.
"Honestly, more than anything, we've got to play well offensively," Thomas said. "Last year, we'd go three-and-out, and it'd leave our defense on the field all the time. We've really got to sustain drives, and I think that will lead us to some stops on defense."
It's been six years since the Cubs made the playoffs. With nine starters returning on each side of the ball, this could be the year they turn it all around.
"I know the number-one goal for us is to make the playoffs," Mayers said. "Playoffs haven't been seen around here in a long time."
"Really, it just comes down to executing, and having leadership," says Thomas. "Really, that will lead us to the season we really want to have."
The Cubs are pumped up and ready for a breakout year in 2013. Players and coaches are both ready to bring the fans back to the stands.
"We hope to see a lot more people in the stands," Mayers said. "The last couple of years, people don't want to come see a losing team, but we've got a winning team this year."
"We're ready to come for you," Thomas said. "You know, we have a whole new intensity, and we're ready to get after it."
Mayers added: "We're going to play hard, we're going to play fast, and we're going to come after you no matter what."