CORDELE, GA (WALB) - The last time Crisp County was in the state playoffs--2004--the current players were learning their ABCs, not a new playbook.
The Cougars are one day away from season kickoff, and have their eyes set on ending the drought in Cordele.
Last season was a near miss as they dropped a close region playoff game to Worth County.
That was Shleton Felton's first year as head coach,
He said their were plenty "should've won" games where the Cougars failed to finish strong.
Felton's second year on the sidelines feels more promising.
""We're going to finish games; were going to compete," said Felton. "The biggest thing is we're stronger, were faster. Mentally we're strong. That means a lot to us. We're going to compete and play hard all year long, and like I tell them set the tone. let your legacy be set this year when you leave Crisp county you started the run to the playoffs."
This fall the team has shown improvements in the weight room, and they've had a second offseason learn Felton's system.
That has the whole locker room confident.
"I'm real hungry. I think the team this year is going to be great," said defensive end Markaviest Bryant. "Coming back with experience we all know more in the film room, weight room hitting everything hard and I really think we have a really good chance this year."
The Cougars kickoff at 7:30 against Dooly County at the Cougar Den Friday night.