They say things can only go up and that’s exactly what happened with Wossman’s win totals ever since Dean Smith got here in 2013.

From going 5-7 back then to 8-4 last season and even a share of the District 2-3A title and guess what there’s room for more.

“…Think the kids have a culture of winning now, ” says head coach Dean Smith. “The [junior varsity] team, people think it’s not important. And, that’s what we built this program on, from the youth…And, I started mentioning district championships and home playoff games. That hasn’t happened in 10 years here. They were eager to learn how to do it.”

The Wildcats scored an average of 32 points per contest and surrendered 14 in 2016. However, the team loses seven on defense and six on offense. Breaking in new talent with the expectation to keep delivering “W’s” can be tough.

“…I was once in the position they were in, ” says linebacker Jalian Jones. “And, I can kind of show them some of the stuff from the people that were teaching me, as I was a freshman or younger. I think we can teach the other kids coming up to be better as those guys.”

“That’s the part I always say, if you have any other ideas please come by Wossman High School and help me coach them up, ” Smith continues. “As long as you’re coaching and teaching the system, the kids should see the culture and what’s going on and buy into it and make plays for you.”

One of those fresh faces? Nick Traylor, the starting quarterback – who was the purple and gold’s kicker a year ago.

“…I just got to be calm, ” says Traylor. “I know God’s on my side. We have some good coaches to guide us through things so you know once you’re in a game time situation, we’ll be prepared for it.”