AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Bushland Falcons took the field on Monday on the first day of fall camp with the mindset of improving off of last season's success.
"It feels great, we feel right at home here with the Panhandle wind going about 40 mph the first day, but we're happy to be out here and excited about the season," said Bushland Head Coach Jimmy Thomas.
After dropping their first two games of the season last year, the Falcons went on a tear, winning 11 straight before falling to Graham in the playoffs.
This year, they plan to finish on top.
"A lot of the juniors have a lot of playing experience, because we all had to step up and play our role, and I think we are going to carry on the leadership we took on from last year's seniors that passed it down to us," said senior defensive back Hayz Noland. "We're really going to take it on this year."
One of last year's leaders the Falcons will be without this season is quarterback Colton Moore, but Coach Thomas and his offense are ready to make the adjustment.
"Its going to be a different offense, and every year that's the beauty of high school football," said Coach Thomas. "Every year, you've got different kids and we can't go recruit, so we have to make what we do, fit what we have. We're excited about where we're headed and like we told our kids, every job is open."
Consistent play on both sides of the ball is the main focus of this year's fall camp.
"Well a little bit more consistency on defense throughout the season and a little bit more consistency in our run game through the season. We did a good job in the passing game, but weren't real consistent running the ball a lot," said Coach Thomas. "Those are two things we want to improve on, but the most important thing its where you're at the end of the season that's most important."
This year's group of Falcon seniors plans to continue their program's tradition of winning and adding to the Bushland dynasty
"We've got a good history of just winning. We've had some good successful years in the past since 2006, and we're just trying to lean on the dynasty," said Noland.
As for the style of play, you can expect the Falcons to get it done in the trenches.
"Nasty. We've got to be nasty every play and every down," said senior defensive lineman Bryson Murrary.
Bushland kicks off their 2018 campaign against a tough opponent in the Childress Bobcats as they look to make a deep run in the UIL playoffs this season.