After three-straight seasons with at least one playoff win, the Quanah Indians are aiming high in 2013.
Head Coach Jason Sims puts it plainly: "We want to be state champions."
The Indians' recent run of success started immediately with the hiring of the former Old High assistant in 2010. They've gone 8-5, 8-4 and 9-4 in his three seasons, reaching the Regional round twice.
"I don't think it's jinxing us saying it," Sims says of his state-title goal. "If you don't say it, then you're just lying to yourself. Everybody wants to be state champions."
Sims will have a veteran leader for his Air-Raid offense in 2013, junior third-year starting quarterback Clay Robertson.
"He's seen a lot of different looks, different scenarios and has learned from them," Sims says of his quarterback.
While Robertson is only a junior, he has more varsity experience than most of the seniors on the team. He has started nearly every game since his freshman year.
"All my classmates look to me as a senior," Robertson says. "Hopefully I can be that leader to them."
One of those seniors, receiver and linebacker Marcus Leija, agrees. "He's a real good passer," Leija said. "A good runner, he's good at everything."
Quanah graduated eight wide receivers this spring, but the new faces coming in are closer to Clay's age. The people of "PUHA Nation" think that might make them even better.
"Now you have Clay with the guys he's been growing up with since pee-wee ball throwing to, and so you have more chemistry," said Coach Sims.
Another weapon for the Indians is junior running back Craig Miles, who gained over 1,500 total yards (receiving and rushing) and scored 25 touchdowns as a sophomore.
"He's going to be a power, power back," says Robertson. "I don't even know a word to explain him. His playing style is just like Trent Richardson."
One key for the Indians to be even better this year is preventing turnovers. Last year, Robertson threw 15 of his 21 interceptions in Quanah's four losses. By contrast he threw just five over the Indian's nine wins.
"That was an Achilles' heel for us last year," Coach Sims agreed. "In the games that we lost, we lost the turnover battle."