It took exactly one play into Tuesday night's Red-White game to see a new attitude is being installed at Northside.
Mike Falleur returned to his alma mater to help turn around a struggling program and the attitude was the best place to start.
"The attitude, I just told them we got to change the way people think about this school right now," Falleur said. "You got to get tough, you got to get physical, you’ve got to tackle, you have to come off the football in the trenches and they are working towards that."
The numbers have risen with the program as well. Northside had more than 110 players suited up for spring football, a number that is well above what has become the norm with the Grizzlies.
Northside has been known for their high octane offenses but the focus has been shifted to the defensively side of the ball this spring.
"We’re coming with a bang because we got done wrong last year by other teams, getting blown out so we’re coming to make a statement this year," senior linebacker Josh Kinnard said.
"We got better offensively and defensively," senior Prentice Victor said. "We are all working hard together. Coach pushed us hard in the offseason and in the weight room. I’ve seen we’ve made great strides but we’re still not there but we’re going to get positive and get better."
Northside will kick off the 2013 season against long time rival Pine Bluff on the road on Sept. 6 but Falleur said there is much to be done in the coming months.
"We are very excited but we’ve got a long way to go," Falleur said. "It’s a different style. We are still throwing the football but we are trying to be a much more physical football team offensively and on defense. We got a great start but we’ve got the summer to work and a long way to go."