The Gatesville Hornets were 7-0 before dropping their final four games and leaving the playoffs early last year.
So, this year the Hornets are ramping up intensity to kick down the door and show they can own their top competition.
This group hasn't paid attention to the doubt floating around after graduating a talented class and facing a tough 2018 schedule.
And although they're breaking in a new quarterback and offensive/defensive lines, Head Coach Kyle Cooper believes this team is being overlooked.
"So, you'll look and see we graduated heavy, but at the same time we have a great class coming in to fill those shoes," Cooper said. "Just a lot of those kids are unproven because we did have seniors and a lot of starters."
"I think we can go really far, and a lot of people don't think that. I think everyone in that locker room needs to think that, and we can do great things and surprise a lot of people," Preston Preciado, a senior quarterback, said.
Projections have Gatesville coming in last for the district, but the Hornets will have their first chance to prove people wrong at home against Midlothian Heritage on Aug. 31.
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