Knott County (WYMT) -- Five seasons; six total wins. Knott Central’s football team has been anything but a winning one.
"We are all tired of losing," senior Benjamin Rodgers said.
Knott is coming off a 2-9 season, but new head coach Steven Hollon believes, if he doesn’t have a winning team, he has players who will inject an enthusiasm around the program.
"In today's society, if you are not winning every night and every day – why do it,” Hollon said. “And our kids have stayed with it. We have got 12 seniors right now. I think we have maybe half -- or a little over half -- have been here through the thick and thin. And to me, that shows character."
If the offseason is any indication of a change, Hollon is bringing new flavors to Knott.
"He's been through many teams – many good teams – and he takes stuff that he's learned over the years and brought them to us that we have never even seen before,” senior left tackle Mark Hutson said. “Like the ice tub that little people hate and our conditioning that I have never done before and the five-man sled that we haven't pushed in ever since I have been there."
Offensively, there are positives coming into this season.
“We’ve grown a lot faster,” senior linebacker and running back Cameron Hurld said. “Players have got faster, so I expect our offense to go real well. We've got a good quarterback."
Coach Hollon thinks the negatives heading into this season can be tweeked.
"(We need to work on our) fundamentals,” he said. “It's no fault of their own. It's just something that I want to address of proper techniques, proper tackling skills, proper routes -- that's something that we stress."
But like every new season, nothing is more essential than preparing.
"I don't get much sleep,” Hollon said. “I enjoy it. Like I tell our players, I go to bed, like last night, probably 3:30-4 o' clock.”