FLORENCE - The Florence Bobcats had a disappointing 2017 season.
"We had three games cancelled last year. We didn't want to go through that again," said Head Coach Kent Walstrom.
But in the 2018 season, the Bobcats have a near perfect record and clinched a playoff spot.
"It was amazing, best feeling ever. Especially after last year, having to forfeit half our season, it was pretty cool," said junior Tobiahas Wheeler.
Last year the team played 11-man football, and had too many injured players to field a full team for several games. But this year the team switched to 8-man and has stayed healthy.
"We have talent and we had talent last year. That was the frustrating part, we just weren't healthy," said Walstrom.
With all of the parts clicking into place, the Bobcats were not only more successful, but also had a lot more fun.
"There's no better feeling than winning your homecoming game. We didn't even get to have a homecoming game last year and when we won that this year it was just an amazing feeling," said senior Coleton Armstrong.
Friday they travel four and a half hours to Luck in western Wisconsin, where they'll face the Cardinals. This week was all about preparing to face a tough opponent.
"We're just trying to play smart, trying to play fast and aggressive. They like to run a lot so we're going try to stop the run," said Wheeler.
Now, they have they have one goal in mind: to keep winning.