As the second smallest school in a district loaded with talent, the Wichita Falls Coyotes will rely on a new head coach this season to help get them back to their winning ways.
"Well, I think the whole deal is accountability," says new Head Coach Danny Russell. "We are trying to make them accountable to us, and us as coaches, accountable to them."
"The coaches hold us more accountable than last year," says junior receiver Mikal Penn. "Coaches, they are on us way, way more."
Senior end Devon Bazile calls it, "pretty exciting. You know, meeting all the new coaches, they are pretty cool coaches."
Russell takes over a program that had just two wins last year, but with six starters returning on both sides of the ball, the Coyotes have a lot to look forward to.
The new coach has plans to run the football more this year. In doing so, he hopes it will help take some of the pressure off of his defense.
"Well, part of the reason, is we want to help our defense out," Russell says. "We don't want the defense to be on the field for extended periods of time."
"When we touch the ball, we're expected to get a lot of yards," Penn says.
Under center for the Coyotes this year will be junior quarterback Eric Butler. Even though Coach Russell's offensive system is new to the team, Butler still hasn't missed a beat in practice.
"Eric's done a great job," Coach Russell says. "He's done phenomenal, especially in the last few weeks catching on, getting his reads down, throwing the ball really well."
"He's been good for a quarterback just learning a new offense and have to go through a lot of stuff," Penn said.
Thursday is opening night for the Coyotes, and they could not be more excited.
"We're very excited," Bazile says. "And we are just going to go out there and put a show on."
"I look forward to playing," Penn added. "You know, my team, we're ready to show some people wrong."