LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - If something could have gone wrong last season for Clark Co., it did. The Cardinals finished the season 0-11.
"Last year was a rough year," said offensive lineman Caleb May. "It was pretty much Murphy's Law. Anything that could have found a way to go wrong just happened to go wrong for us. It has just been motivation, and all the team just pretty much teamed up together and said no more. We can't go like that."
Clark Co. had a pair of one-point losses in the first three weeks of the season and it snowballed from there.
"The catch is to try to get them to understand what does it look like to finish," said head coach Mike Riddle. "What does it look like to go hard every play? Before you can even get to that, it's got to matter. There's got to be some pride. There's got to be something inside them that wants to continue to push and do the right thing."
The Cardinals are trying to do the right thing by emphasizing running the ball and stopping the run, and that all starts with the big boys up front.
"That's what the whole team rotates around," said May. "If the offensive line can set the tempo for the game then anything else can happen. There's no doubt we set the tone by the first snap of the ball and last snap of the ball."
The team thinks they have the players at the skills positions to be successful.
"We look good at those spot," said tight end Ohmante Jenkins. "We need people to just get yardage up field instead of trying to shake people, but other than that we're straight."
Clark Co. doesn't foresee another winless season, and draws motivation from not letting that happen in 2016.
"That's what motivates me is to get these guys to where they can have some success and feel good about all the effort and the work and the time and the sweat and the blood and everything they put into this," said Riddle. "So it's going to be a great feeling."