Corbin, Ky. (WYMT) -- When a team has a losing season, changes are a must.
"We would turn the ball over – fumbles, picks – and we wouldn't cause turnovers on the defensive end,” senior defensive end Zach Henson said. “We need to change the turnover ratio, make teams come in and beat us instead of handing it to teams."
The Corbin Redhounds lost three games by a single touchdown and one game by three points in 2012. Finishing games will be vital this fall.
"We have been playing with each other since Pop Warner and middle school,” junior linebacker Tanner Powers said. “We just don't want to see us fail."
Corbin is playing for improvement. But more importantly, they are playing to prove.
"We are not going to pull any punches at Corbin,” head coach Steve Jewell, who had his first losing season last year, said. “We want to win. I mean that's what we expect to do, that's what our community expects for us to do and that's what we plan on from January on.”
“We had a lot of stumbling blocks last year. Played a lot of good ball clubs, a lot of physical ball games, I felt like we were beat up at times, I've even blamed myself for the scheduling a lot of times as far as not giving our kids a chance to heal.”
The Redhounds will open the season up against Southwestern on August 23. Every game this year is about hard-nosed football.
“I want people to see that we are not who we were last year,” senior running back and wide receiver Taylor Waddle said. “We are a different team. I want people to say, ‘Hey, they are going to come out and they are going to smack you every time’ and we will hit you right in the mouth."
Just like 2012, the mentality is there. This time, they want to finish the job.