LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Danville was just a win away from a state title last season. The Admirals are prepared to said to sail in 2017.
Danville enters its 106th season of football and the expectations are just as high as they've been the previous 105 years.
"I'm mean, obviously we've got a lot of expectations on us coming into the year with a lot of returners and getting to the state finals last year," coach Clay Clevenger said. "But that can come with a curse too if you think that you've arrived, and think that you can just show up and win."
"With all that experience coming back, people have a lot of high expectations," receiver David Walker said. "They want us to go back to state and actually win that this year. With all the seniors and stuff, we have a big role with that."
The Admirals will be showing up with plenty of familiar faces, including running back Don Harris, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season. And all five starters on the offensive line return.
"Last year we were having to get five new guys ready and those are all guys that are coming back. So that's obviously helped with our learning curve," Clevenger said.
One position the Ads will need to replace is quarterback. Zack Dampier threw for 43 touchdowns as a senior in 2016.
"We'll probably play some different guys there, especially early in the season," Clevenger said. "See who can compete and try to open it up, and like I say see who can compete and try to go win a job."
Two years ago, Danville made it to the state semifinals. Last year they made it to the state title game. So how does this team plan to take the next step?
"We improve on it basically by coming in every day, practicing hard, working hard, getting stronger and faster, and try to get better than we did last year," running back Don Harris said.