Hirschi High School is rich with football tradition, but a lot of it is older than any of the current players.
The Huskies won their district every single year of the 1980s, part of 20 total playoff appearances in school history.
This year is a chance for the Huskies to reclaim some of that glory.
"They want to restore the tradition here," said Head Coach Cody Slater. "Hirschi football has more playoff appearances than any other high school in town since the building opened in 1962."
How will they get it done?
"Well, first we've got to stay dedicated," says senior two-way lineman Reggie Hickson. "Come out here every day, work hard, come out here for a purpose. And that purpose is to come out here and bring back the tradition. That's what we're gonna do."
The Huskies return 18 letter-winners and 14 starters from last year's team that finished 2-8 but was in several ballgames they could have won, which only motivates the Huskies to work harder this year.
"We want it more," says senior quarterback and corner Terrance Cooper. "It makes us fight even more, and more and more."
Cooper is one of two quarterbacks who will play for the Huskies this year. He and fellow senior Rico Shumpert both got experience under center the past few seasons, and both bring a slightly different skill-set.
"Terrance does a good job of throwing the ball and running the ball, he's probably a little faster than Rico," Coach Slater says. "Rico's more of a pocket passer, but when he needs to go downhill, he can go downhill."
Helping them both up front is a stronger, bigger offensive line, led by Hickman.
He says one simple factor has led to their improvement: "The commitment. Coming out here and being committed to come out here and play. Staying dedicated in the weight room, the field, being honorable with the coaches and everything."
"These kids have worked hard in the offseason to get bigger, faster and stronger," Slater said. "And it's really paid off with our linemen. We average, probably, 245-250 up front."
Cooper has noticed the difference: "We're doing very well," he said. "Linemen blocking better, even better. We're moving faster, we're faster than we were last year."
The Huskies will open the season Friday night in our Dr Pepper Game of the Week against Bowie!