"Last year's team, last year's compliments. We've got to go out and accomplish our own," Buffalo TE/DE Chris Adams says. And that's just what this year's Petersburg Buffaloes are trying to do -- make a name for themselves.
"This team has the same goal -- winning state. We haven't won state since 1963, and it would be nice to have a banner up there that says 'State Champions 2002,'" fellow Buffalo TE/DE Corey Thompson adds. With only three returning starters from last year's state quarterfinalist team, the Buffaloes definitely have their work cut out for them.
"We lost a lot of starters, so we're going to have to replace those positions, but I feel like we have good, quality young men to do that," Petersburg head coach Dwain Milam says. Offensively, Petersburg hopes to be more diverse in 2002. A team that is known for their punishing ground attack is expected to surprise some folks with their aerial display.
"We feel like our players this year are suited to throw the ball, so we're going to try to take advantage of that. That's a characteristic they have that we're going to try and expand upon," Milam adds. On the other side of the ball, it's the same old story -- get to the ball and get there fast.
"If you're beating the larger guys off the line, you're going to get to the tackle faster," Thompson says.
"We feel like we can outhit anyone. That's a challenge we try to take into every Friday night. We have a little more team speed defensively than we've had in the past, so we're hoping that will help us out," Milam concludes.
Six straight district titles grace the Buffaloes' resume, and the 2002 edition has no intention of letting that streak come to an end.