Last Year: (9-4, 4-1) District 9-2A DII
Coach: Danny David (62-34) 8 Years
Last Postseason Appearance: 2013 Regional Semifinalist
Players to watch: OL Daniel Lucas, ATH Hayden Smith, DL Colton Smith, OL Austin Kays, DL Nathan Patterson, OL Kayl Powers, OL Tyson Smith, FB Jacob Claytor
The Collinsville Pirates have been hard at work in the off-season.
"We just got to keep up the intensity, and the heart. We're not the biggest, but we got a lot of heart, and so we're gonna go at it hard and keep practicing," said quarterback Hayden Smith.
The Pirates went 9 and 4 last season, and head coach Danny David hopes to have another winning season even with a younger team this year.
"I think we've got about 40 kids out, 33 of them are freshman and sophomores so we're gonna be a little young this year. We're gonna have a different look, gonna be a different team," said David.
And while most of the experience will be in their offensive line, David says all players, young and old will need to work together if they want to make another playoff run.
"Just gonna have to play together and teamwork. You know we can't just rely on one guy. It's gonna have to be all of them pulling in the same direction."
The Pirates have their eyes on a state title, and say they're ready to work for it every Friday night.
"You know I think we can surprise people,I think we can be a whole lot better than people say we can," said cornerback Daniel Byrom.