PRESTONSBURG, Ky (WYMT) - The Prestonsburg Blackcats are looking to take back-to-back district titles in class 2a district 8.
"The target is definitely on our back, everybody's going to try to beat us, it should be a very tough game against Betsy Layne and we get the other two at home and hopefully we'll be able to take care of business," said Junior Quarterback Jarredd Jarrell.
Sophomore Wide Receiver Chatlin Jarrell agreed, "A lot of people underestimate our district, on't think we can play with out districts i thinkwe can go through with it."
The Blackcats have only a handful of seniors on their roster, with the bulk of their talent coming from their sophomores and juniors.
"Trying to be better teachers sometimes as coaches you blow your top and you want things right now, but we tried to pull it back with these guys do a little bit more teaching do a few more pats on the back. I think you're seeing growth in our young team," said Head Coach John DeRossett
"We learned a lot, we had a lot of younger guys stepping up in there and those are the guys that will be in there this year that is taking the place of the seniors last year that we lost," said Senior Lineman Kyle Wallace.
Last season the Blackcats finished 8-4 with a second round loss to Danville. Now, focusing of this season the players talk strengths they see with this team.
"I think our defense looks a lot better than last year, have some good linebackers which we had last year and we have our defensive backs are good, just got better and our offense about the same as last year, passing it a lot and running it some," said Sophomore Wide Receiver and Running Back Dalton Frasure.
"We brought a lot to the field last year and we will bring a lot to the field this year, we lost players like Bryson. It's just going to be hard without them, but brought back players like Jarredd and Dalton i think our offense and defense will be a lot better," said Sophomore Defensive Back Seth Marcum.
Junior Running Back and Linebacker Chase Ousley said where they went wrong last year, "Last year sometimes we'd just stop and start, and didn't keep playing all the way through. Only half of the game we'd work hard and then tried to dig ourselves out of a hole, but this year we gotta play every snap from the time the ball is snapped to the whistle blows."
Though this Blackcat team is young, their expectations are sky high.
Sophomore Linebacker Jordan Ray said he wanted a "State championship nothing less."
"What motivates me is being in bowling green for thanksgiving." said Junior Lineman Thomas Spears.
"Anything less than a state championship is unacceptable for us," agreed Jarrell.
The Blackcats kick off their season with a home game against Pikeville.