TEAGUE, Texas (KWTX) The Teague Lions had a stretch of four straight seasons with at least 10 wins come to an end in 2018.
The Lions made the playoffs as a No. 3 seed from district 9-3A, the same one that features the defending state champion Grandview Zebras.
Along with Grandview, Teague will play some tough opponents like West, Groesbeck and McGregor, but the team is satisfied with how they've prepared up to this point.
"I think it'll be good," sophomore linebacker Reese Young said. "We're flying around, going to the ball and doing everything we can."
"The coaches are working hard to make sure we fix the mistakes we made last year," senior offensive lineman Travis Lemons said. "They know what we messed up on, what we need to change and what we need to focus on. It's going pretty smoothly."
Teague head coach Donnie Osborn was not shy to admit that the Lions' chances at winning a district championship will be harder than it has been in years past.
The Lions' 2018 record was 5-6, which included a stretch of losing four of their first five games. Osborn, however, would much rather face an intimidating gauntlet in non-district play than other teams that may not give them as much of a challenge.
"Look at the flip side. You start your season and you play five lesser teams, and let's say you start the season 5-0 or 4-1, and you have a lot of confidence, but then you hit district and you get hit right in the teeth," Osborn said. "Then you think ,'Oh, crap, we're not as good as we thought we were.' I'd rather be on the flip side of that. We've been hit in the mouth by Mexia, we've been hit in the mouth by Malakoff, we've been hit in the mouth by Lorena, so when district rolls around, we're going to be used to that.
"We know we're going to have to play well. We're okay with that."
Teague opens up their season with a home game against Malakoff prior to four straight road games.