PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - The Central Red Devils are a rising power in Alabama high school football.
However, last season's abrupt finish left the Devils wanting more -- a whole lot more.
The Devils looked at the first day of practice as the first step toward a state championship.
The Red Devils had just one regular season loss in 2014, but an early playoff exit has head coach Jamey Dubose and his team hungry for more.
Defensive back John Broussard agrees.
Last year Central was bounced out of the playoffs in the 2nd round by Prattville, and with the Lions on the regular season schedule this year, quarterback Zion Webb says that game is circled on their calendars.
With a lot of starters returning, Central has the team on paper to win it all, but Dubose is keeping his boys focused as they head into the season.
In order to do it, they'll be leaning on playmakers like John Broussard, who captains a defense looking to rebound after setting a record for points allowed in 2014. Broussard believes that teamwork is the key to winning a state title this year.
"We feel like last year we kind of stopped being a team at the end of the year, and this year we're going to have to stay together as a team to reach our full potential."