If you ask anybody within the Tucker County football program what the team has been doing this off season, they will all give you the same answer.
"The biggest difference is that we've been in the weight room a whole bunch," senior Quarterback Derek Nestor said. "Probably more than ever. We're just a lot stronger this year and a lot faster."
"All summer long we have 29 to 30 kids in the weight room every night. We knew who was signing up, other than five kids that came out. By far these kids have worked, this off season, harder than any other team I've ever had. I mean, as a group," Tucker County Head Coach A.J. Rapp said.
The weight room - all football teams use it, but for the Mountain Lions it stood as an opportunity to get better and a chance to not feel the way they did after missing out on a spot in the state playoffs last season. Coach Rapp said he has seen his players improve drastically.
"We've always been a fairly big team," Rapp said. "In years past that I've coached we've had some big boys up front. This year those guys have put the strong with the big. If some of them aren't big then they're pretty strong guys and hopefully they can get the job done."
Tucker County brings in 10 seniors this season, two of which will be marquee names come September. Two-year starting quarterback Derek Nestor will handle the snaps under center and middle linebacker Michael Adkins should be a nightmare rushing the pocket. In other words, the playoffs are well in sight for this year's Mountain Lions.
"There should be no problem with getting in the playoffs and going deep," senior Linebacker Michael Adkins said.
"I hope we end up in Wheeling Island," Nestor said.