TROY, Texas (KWTX) Head coach Ronnie Porter's Troy Trojans enter the 2019 season after finishing in second place in district 10-3A.
After a 3-1 start to the season, Troy bounced back from a loss to district champion Cameron Yoe to win five straight games and earn a spot in the playoffs.
"Week in and week out, you can't sleep in this district," Porter said. "You have to be ready to come and play. The ones that do get to move in the playoffs are real battle-tested and proven to be in the next level in the playoffs."
Troy will be looking for its first outright district championship since 1998. The Trojans return nine of 11 starters on offense, with the only replacements being at right guard and quarterback.
Most of the offensive line returns along with running back Zach Hrbacek, who rushed for more than 1,700 yards and 22 touchdowns during the regular season, Troy should be neck-and-neck with Yoe at the top of the district.
"I think we're gonna be great. We have way too much skill to not be great," senior linebacker and running back Sam Jones said. "Last year when it got tough, we went a little easy. Now we gotta go a little harder when it gets tough."
"I think we stack up way better than everyone actually thinks we do," senior Kody Kaminski said. "I think we're really put down more than we should be. We have a lot more talent then everyone thinks we do."
Troy will begin the season at home next Friday against Salado.