WEST, Texas (KWTX) Only two teams can say they beat the defending 3A Division 1 state champion Grandview Zebras last year.
One of them is the Glen Rose Tigers, while the other is Grandview's district opponent -- the West Trojans.
Both West and Grandview finished 5-1 in District 9-3A last season, but the Trojans held the tiebreaker after beating the Zebras 42-41 in overtime. West will host the defending state champs this year September 27.
Head coach David Woodard's Trojans went 8-4 overall a year ago and didn't make it past the second round of the playoffs.
"Every team is new. We'll see what this team can do and what they're good at," Woodard said. "I'm sure that this team, as the season goes, will take on its own personality."
This year, the Trojans have a younger squad after graduating 15 seniors. The secondary could be the most trusted part of the team so far, but there's still a lot to learn about their own team on offense.
"We're learning. We have great potential and are capable of having a great season," junior wide receiver and safety Guillermo Acevedo said. "I think we have a great secondary, a talented defense, but we'll get there."
Because the team will have a lot more younger players on the depth chart, that means lot of positions are wide open for the taking.
"Everything is up for grabs with the youth and inexperience we have," Woodard said. "Landon Edwards took some snaps (at quarterback) last year when Nathan (Gerik) was hurt, so we'll look for him to see if he can win the job and be the guy to lead our team. We're going to see what we've got and what the personality this team takes on and then go from there."
West will begin the regular season Fri., August 30, at home against Hillsboro.