The excitement is building at Calvary Christian School, especially for running back Anthony Santiago.
"It's probably level 11 on a scale of 1 to 10," he said.
Eleven may be the magic number for the Knights this year if they want to get back to the state championship. Last year Calvary fell just short in the state title game, and it's left a sour taste in their mouth.
"It definitely left a sour taste,” senior linebacker Ethan Cook said. “I think we were only 9 points away from a state championship. That feeling of just dropping it right there at the end is just driving us to get back there."
A new year also brings a new place to play. They’ll be on a new field on-campus this season. The players got to briefly practice on their new field Tuesday, but they are more excited about Friday and what they're calling their first true home game.
"I don't even know how it's going to be Friday night,” senior running back Anthony Santiago said. “Playing on our own field, the first one of the school, that sort of thing, it's just going to be great."
Head coach Brian Osborne agrees.
"It feels like kind of our first year of football back in 2011 when we started our program,” he said. “Just having that first ever game in school history just seeing the atmosphere. I'm expecting to see that again this Friday night."
"First game's going to be amazing,” Cook said. “We're supposed to have a really big crowd, field's almost finished. It's just going to be a whole new experience for us."
And they're working to make sure that first experience is a winning one.