The Caprock Longhorns are entering this season with more experience on both sides of the ball.
"Those guys with their experience from last season and with spring football, our fall camp, and everything else that goes into it. There's a lot of confidence coming in, especially early. Now we've got to continue to work and not get complacent but our kids are playing with a high level of confidence," said Coach Sherwood.
The Longhorns main focus this season is to avoid beating themselves on Friday nights.
"The biggest thing we have to correct are self-inflicted mistakes. There's a lot of things that we did that no one did to us, we just did to ourselves," admitted Sherwood. "We can get better at number one, turnovers. Then with experience just comes being able to recognize different formations, being able to recognize certain things that allow you to play a little bit faster. I really like the competitiveness that we had last year. Our kids had a never say die attitude, they played until the very end, and we had some two-way guys playing both sides of the ball in district play, and I was proud to see that."
With a year under his belt, junior quarterback Tarik Williams is embracing his leadership role.
"It's pretty big to me because a lot of kids here look up to me and I'm the motivator of the team," said Williams. "So if I have down energy, everybody's energy will be down. When my energy is up, everyone's energy is up, so I keep the team's energy up no matter what goes on."
On the defensive side of the ball, safety Jonathan Guerrero is taking the bull by the horns to make his senior season one to remember.
"Stepping in at safety, its like the quarterback of the defense," said Guerrero. "I have to call everything and make sure everything is fitting in the right places and make sure everybody is filling their holes. Its a pretty big role for me but I'm willing to take it on. For me being a Longhorn has been a true blessing, I wouldn't go anywhere else. This is home to me and I fit perfect here. The environment here is just perfect to me."
For Coach Sherwood and his staff, the ultimate goal is to prepare these young men for whatever life may throw their way.
"If a kid is willing to go out there and compete at whatever it is they're doing and expect to be successful- even at the very end if it doesn't come through the way that they want it- then, they just need to remember our core values of character, discipline, faith, and love and that will carry them through whatever adversity they have in life," explained Sherwood.
The Longhorns will take on the Hereford Whitefaces for their week one matchup.