2-A-DAYS: Valley Mills Eagles

VALLEY MILLS, Texas (KWTX) The Valley Mills Eagles lost every game in 2017, but bounced back with five wins and a playoff appearance in 2018, which was head coach Sam Moody's second season.

Even though Valley Mills suffered a lopsided loss to Bosqueville in the first round, the Eagles think they're back on track to have another improvement.

"A lot of us are working and busting our butts for two-a-days," senior wide receiver Albert Franco said. "We're hoping to compete and get better on Friday nights."

"I think a lot of people thought last season was a fluke," senior offensive and defensive lineman Austin Matthews said. "We've got a great group of guys this year, (and a) very experienced team this year with a lot of seniors."

Valley Mills picked up back-to-back wins over Hico and Goldthwaite to earn the No. 4 seed out of district 7-2A. The Eagles will have a new quarterback this year, but it's a team that has confidence that they can go after a higher playoff seed.

"The leadership's there with this group. We have a great group of seniors that are really paving the way for the younger guys," Moody said. "We are going to have to have some younger guys that will need to step up and play some bigger roles, but with the leadership we have, that shouldn't be a problem."

Valley Mills will begin the season Friday, August 31, at home against Clifton.