OLNEY, TX (KAUZ) - The Olney Cubs are looking to turn things around, after collecting just one win in their past five seasons.
Coach Mark Young enters his fourth season in Olney, where they're hopeful that this will be the year.
"Honestly, it feels really good," said senior quarterback Parker Mayers about being back on the field for training camp. "I'm out here with my brothers. You know, we're playing, we're having fun. Two-a-days are fun. We are getting after it. We are going to have a really good learning curve, so I feel like we are going to have a good season."
The Cubs have some experience coming back from a young team that went winless last season. They also have a new quarterback under center in Mayers, who they feel with bring a different element to the offense.
"It feels pretty good," said junior offensive lineman Cesar Flores. "I've got trust in him, so he's definitely a guy I want to block for. If I block for him, he will do great things for us."
"He's really fast," coach Young said of his signal-caller. "He's a tough runner. If there is a gap right there, he's going to take it, and any time he can go to the house. And he can see the field real good. He has good vision, a good cutback runner, so we're expecting good things out of him."
On defense, the Cubs have a young group of players. But they have been running the same defense for a while, so they think that consistency will help shorten the learning curve.
"I expect us to be more aggressive on the defensive side of the ball and attack and be less scared," said Mayers, who also plays defensive back. "I feel like we were pretty scared last year with us being so young, so we will be more aggressive and attack better."
"We're young on defense, but we've got some kids that have been running this defense for three years," said coach Young. "And so we are going to hopefully use our speed to get where we need to get and just go all out on defense."
"We're small," allowed Flores, who is a linebacker on defense. "But we are pretty fast and it's pretty hard for a big ol' dude to get a small kid that's a lot more agile. So hopefully, we are a lot quicker."
The Cubs plan to play hard this season and win as much as they can, and show people they are a good team.
"We want to win," Mayers said. "We want to do the best that we can, and we want to get after the other teams and show them what we can do."
Win or lose, this season the Cubs say they won't stop having fun while they do it.
"Our relationships are great," said Mayers. "You know, we mess around in practice and we have fun. It's like a brotherhood out here. We're all together in this, and we are going to fight through it together, whether its good bad ugly. Whatever we are going to do, we have a great relationship. Just the whole team in general, we are all really good friends."
The Cubs will open their season with a tough one, September 1st at Class 3A Jacksboro.
Thursday, we'll continue in District 5-2A Div. I with the Seymour Panthers.
Olney Cubs 2017 Schedule
Sept. 1 at Jacksboro, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 8 vs Petrolia, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 at Nocona, 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 at Archer City, 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 vs Haskell, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 6 at Stamford, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 13 at Windthorst, 7 p.m.*
Oct. 20 vs Chico, 7 p.m.*
Oct. 27 at Alvord, 7 p.m.*
Nov. 3 vs Seymour, 7 p.m.*
Nov. 10 BYE