AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Amarillo Sandies enter this season with a new look but the same tradition.
"Just the tradition that this school has, I mean the winning tradition and expectation of excellence. It's a huge responsibility to be a head football coach of this program and it's an exciting opportunity. I'm extremely excited about this opportunity," said head coach Chad Dunnam.
Games are won and lost in the off season, and linebacker Corbin Langhan is ready to reap the fruits of his team's labor.
"I feel like we're going to be a lot better because of the way we've lifted and the way we've worked for this moment. It's been a lot more than just lifting, we've done a lot more on the practice field than we had before and we're really excited for this season," said Langhan. "I'm coming out differently because of the work I've put in has been a lot different than the past. "
Entering his first year as the head coach of his alma mater, Coach Dunnam is all in with his players.
"Everywhere I've been, the focus has been building great relationships with the kids that you're working with," said Coach Dunnam. "It's funny because every time you leave a school you're sad and upset but you're excited about the opportunity that you have. I think the Lord has blessed me, my staff and my family with another great school with great clientele to work with."
Quarterback Beau Barker is excited to be back at his true position after playing receiver last season.
"I've played quarterback my whole life, and last year I was just playing receiver so I could have a chance to get on the field," said Barker. "I think it's just the love of the game. I would do anything to be on the field. If I was asked to play offensive line I would, I don't know how good I'd be, but I'd do anything to be on the field with my brothers."
This year, the Sandies' style of play will be based on hard work and discipline.
"I think you're going to see an inspired football team that has a strong desire to be successful. There's a lot of excitement in our program right now and we want to keep that excitement going and not let it fizzle by any means," said Coach Dunnam. "I would expect to see a bunch of kids that are well coached and play really hard. They've taken well to our coaching and their giving a tremendous amount of effort. So I'd look for a group of kids that play discipline football and play really, really hard."
The Sandies will kick off their first season under Coach Dunnam against the Frenship Tigers.