On Friday, high school football teams across the state will play their first games.
One Northwoods school almost lost its program last season and is now putting in extra effort to prove themselves.
"It's kind of been a struggle the past few seasons fielding enough players," said Chequamegon head football coach Dan Pearsall.
After low roster numbers and safety issues, the Chequamegon school board nearly cut its football program last season.
However, the Screaming Eagles are getting another chance at 11-man football.
"We have a reason to really try hard this year to show them that we can do good," said junior running back Michael Kirby.
Pearsall says changing up his playbook.
"Offensively, we have scaled back quite a bit," Pearsall said. "We had a pretty big playbook and we've really tried to scale it down."
Pearsall hopes perfecting fewer plays will open more scoring options. And his players are on board.
"Win on Friday, that's the goal," said senior running back Joe Wagner. "It'd be really nice to get out there and win some games and show the school board it was the right decision keeping varsity."
That means the seniors on the team will still get to play one last season.
"The off-season is long and it feels good to get out here and hit some people and be back with my team," said Wagner.
Being back with the team also means being back with Thomas Harris who is clear to play again after battling cancer.
"I'm feeling good coming into the season," Harris said.
The senior quarterback says he's ready to lead the Screaming Eagle football team one last season.
"Hopefully what I've been through can be motivation for some of my teammates," Harris said. "I didn't go through everything I've been through and work as hard as I did to come here and lose every game."
The Screaming Eagles will travel to Boyceville on Friday to start the season.