GRAVETTE (KFSM) - The Gravette Lions believe this year is going to be different.
"I have high expectations this season," Gravette coach Bill Harrelson said. "We haven't met them the last two seasons. These guys have been real determined. They have worked hard in the off-season."
"I feel like we have a really good team," senior Derek Pruitt said. "I mean everything. every position is pretty stacked. I think we can be pretty good."
The Lions have been stuck in the middle of the pack in the 4A conference. They say it's been little things that have been holding them back.
"We've got to win close games. We lost two close games last year in the conference, and that kind of put us back there in the back towards the middle of the conference. We've got to overcome that. That's what we've been concentrating on. trying to get rid of those stupid mistakes, and turnovers like that that are going to cost us close games," Harrelson said.
They've been making some big changes to fix that. Those have taken place not only on the field. Players and coaches have come closer together. Something they say they've been lacking in the past.
"Football's not an individual game," senior Michael Olvera said. "Just as coach was saying earlier, this isn't golf. If you want to be an individual, go play golf. This is football. We all work as a team because we are a family."
This family is ready to bring it Friday nights.