Trey Stadler says the Briarwood Academy Buccaneers control their own destiny.
"We've got a lot of potential as a football team," said the 17-year-old senior, who plays left wing back and defensive end. "I'd like to see us win the state championship."
He's not alone. Teammates, coaches and fans would love it, too.
Stadler said he was going to work hard to achieve such a goal because he realizes there are no more chances to come back and try to win a state crown.
It's do-or-die time.
Stadler, the son of Butch and Angie Stadler and Amy and Eddie Kitchens, all of Thomson, believes with hard work and determination that the Bucs can accomplish anything they set their minds to this season.
"We've been working real hard and getting better and better," said Stadler, an A-B student. "We just have to keep doing that if we want to see our dream of winning a state championship come true."
The 6-4, 225-pounder said the Bucs are a lot stronger and much more physical as a team this season than they were a year ago.
He credits second year Briarwood Head Coach John Osborne's strong belief that teams get stronger by working out in the weight room.
"It's really helping when it comes to carrying out our blocking assignments," Stadler said.
Another big plus for the team this season will be that they are faster, he added.
"We've got a lot of speed on this team, and that's going to help us a lot this season," said Stadler, who already is receiving letters from a number of big-name colleges.
The letters so far have come from Illinois, Purdue University, Middle Tennessee State and the University of Louisville.
Stadler said he'd like to play college football after graduation from Briarwood.
Another plus for the Bucs this season is their overall attitude.
"Our team attitude has really changed since last season," Stadler said. "We've got a lot more confidence as a team than we had last year. We've got a good bunch of players who like each other and enjoy playing football. That makes it a lot of fun."