Irwin County lost in last season's 1-A state semifinals by one point. Now they're trying to get over that hump with a new man in charge.
Buddy Nobles is at the helm with Jon Lindsey moving on to the Cook Hornets. Nobles has plenty of high school coaching experience in Florida and Georgia.
He's not inheriting a rebuilding project.
"We've got a lot of the team back from last year," Nobles said.
There isn't much of a transition in terms of scheme, either. The Indians will run the same Wing-T offense, just with more attempts to air it out. They're small but fast on defense, which is no different than a year ago.
"We're fired up about this season," said senior Jakyron Young. "Hopefully we can just go out there and do what we're supposed to do."
The December loss to Charlton County still stings, and the new coach won't let them forget it anytime soon.
"I do bring that up to the kids," Nobles said. "I say they took your trip to the dome."
Irwin will have two scrimmages before opening the season against Early County on August 22nd.