The 2014 Bowie Jackrabbits keep emphasizing on phrase: "Our Time."
They say it's their time now, to get over the hump and win a playoff game. Bowie has made the playoffs four times in the past six years, but haven't been able to win one since 1982. But, they say this is the year to change that.
"It's been a long time, and our community just really feels like this year could be that year," says junior receiver and corner Chase Hall. "We have a good district, a good chance. We have a lot of young talent, and just feel like this is the year."
"Everybody's really focused on that," said fellow senior Kevin Stallcup, who plays fullback and nose guard. "We're tired of going one round deep and then losing and going home. We want to be playing deeper into the year. We all want to play some more football."
"You can just feel the atmosphere, it's just so much different from last year," said lineman David Correa, the lone senior in that position group.
"We're more serious. We all love the game, and we just want to do something different in Bowie, that hasn't been done in a while. We want to be that group. We want to change things up a little bit."
Offensively, Bowie will look a little different this year with only Correa returning to the offensive line. The Jackrabbits also need to replace their quarterback, with juniors Lawson Mickler and Trace Hardee likely to play.
But one thing the Jackrabbits feel they can lean on is their defense, which is returning a strong group that can be an anchor for their football team.
"We're real excited about our defense," said Head Coach Dylan Stark. "Those guys are going to fly around. All of them are really athletic. Kevin Stallcup on the defensive line, him and Tillman Parr both played a lot last year.
"Our whole secondary's pretty much back, with Jay Ward and Chase Hall and Jesse Vaughn. And then Brandon Hutto's going to play some defensive back.
"And I'm excited about our linebackers, also. With R.J. Oliver, Abraham Landaverde, so a lot of experience on our defense. [They] should be able to fly around and make something happen."
The Jackrabbits will open up their season on the road at Memorial Stadium, facing the Hirschi Huskies August 29th. The teams have split openers the past two seasons, each winning on the other's home field.
Bowie Jackrabbits 2014 Schedule