TOMAHAWK - Friday night football will officially be underway a week from today.
Many teams have spent the off-season in the weight room and sharpening their play books.
But a few had to transition into new leadership, including Tomahawk.
"Feeling good, optimistic, looking new, new coach and new ideas," said senior quarterback Cody Jablonski.
The Hatchet football team welcomed a new head coach in the off-season.But Sam Hernandez wasn't interested in re-branding the program.
"I view this as building on the traditions that coach Larson and his staff, a lot of which are still with us and building on that and just adding my own flare to it," Hernandez said.
Hernandez is a strong believer in hard smash mouth football, which is a common run attack in the competitive Marawood conference. Senior quarterback Cody Jablonski says he's confident in those schemes.
"Our running backs, myself our receivers and our line, we are really picking up on it. There's a lot more motion moving back and forth and a lot more thinking," Jablonski said.
Numbers aren't as high as Hernandez wants them to be but has put all his faith in his six seniors to help
lead the team.
"You can tell that they are hungry they want to build on success. Last year they were right outside the edge of the playoffs and I think there's that hunger in their eyes," Hernandez said.
Hernandez is challenging his players to prove it, first.
"It's almost like proving myself and what I can do on the field and off the field and not proving it to everyone else by myself," said senior running back Cody Scholz.
"Give it all, give everything, 100% and make sure all the guys are giving 110%. I will give them all I got and see if they give it all back to me," Jablonski said.
The players hope proving what matters most will turn into a playoff appearance.
"Nothing is given and if we can buy into that day in and day out we are going to have a good football season," Hernandez said.
This will be the last season Tomahawk will play in the Marawood conference. The Hatchets will make their way to Greenwood for their first game next Friday.