MEMPHIS, TX (KFDA) - The Memphis Cyclones posted at 6-5 overall record last season and enters this year with an underdog mentality.
"Us being from Memphis, we've been underdogs our whole life so we're use to it and we love it. Underdogs always come out on top.", said senior running back Randy Cox.
A tropical storm becomes more and more dangerous as it gains momentum and that's exactly how the Memphis Cyclones plan on blowing through this year's competition
"We're going to beat them. We're going 10-0 and we're going to play for state." , said senior defensive tackle Broadrick Logan.
In order to be perfect this year, coach David Jurado knows it all about doing the little things right
"We're pushing them. We started our off season getting them a little more discipline.", said Coach Jurado. "One thing I'm trying to preach to them is the little things will make the big things come easier. We're trying to teach them that it's not only football, we're trying to teach life lessons so they can carry it on when they leave here."
Doing the little things will play an even bigger role as the Cyclones try to get through a tough district schedule including Wellington and Wheeler.
"Its going to be a tough district, thirty miles away is Wellington and they're a powerhouse. They're well coached and are always good year in and year out and people have them projected to go all the way.", said Coach Jurado. "Then, Munday we picked them up as well. They've got a great history and they're always winning so they're going to be tough. Wheeler knocked us out of the playoffs last year and they're bringing back lots of good talent. They're going to be fast and physical. Quanah and Shamrock, both of those teams we barely beat by a couple of points last year. They're bringing in new coaches and its going to be a dog fight week in and week out for us. We're going to have to execute and do the little things."
For this year's group of seniors they plan to leave it all on the field every Friday night.
"I've got the Kobe mindset, its just a Mamba mentality. For those who don't know it means no matter what you go your hardest, never stop, never give up because its the last time.", said Cox. "So each and every night i step out on the field i give it my all. I might be emotional every night but that's because I give it my all."
"I've got some goals for this year. I want to get twenty sacks and eighty tackles but the main goal is really be the best team we can be.", said Logan.
The support the team receives from the community every Friday night makes being a Cyclone even more special.
"Oh man, they're amazing. They come out to support us and everybody comes and everything gets shut down.", said Coach Jurado. "These kids are a big part of the community and our staff is a big part of the community. We've got five coaches and four of us grew up here, went to school here, and graduated here so we're Cyclones through and through and we're proud of these kids and the community."
The Cyclones open up this year's season with an early test at home against the Spearman Lynx.