After going 9-4 last season and winning a sectional title the Cavemen of Mishawaka are looking to take the next step this season.
Coach Bart Curtis' returns two starters on the defensive side of the ball and six on offense.
One of the things you first notice when attending a Mishawaka practice is the speed and intensity with which the attack each drill. Coach Curtis and his squad believe getting out to a fast start in practice will lead to a fast start in the game.
"We can't start slow," senior free safety James Alexander said. "We like to set the tempo against our opponents so when we come out [to practice] they don't expect us to start slow because if we start slow in the first quarter they could be running all over us and that is not okay."
Coach Curtis attributes the efficiency of his practices to his assistant coaches. Together he says they have put together a great practice plan that they hope will lead to great results on Friday nights.
The Cavemen have had seven straight seasons in which they have finished above .500 and won two straight sectional titles, but for this year's team that is all a part of the past
"I think any time you win a sectional you can feel like you got to hold something, you got to accomplish something, you got to take something back and presented to your school which is a nice deal, but that was last year," Coach Curtis said. "This year's group has done nothing and they know it and everything they get they have got to earn."
The Cavemen will open the 2013 season on the road taking on Portage. Kickoff for that game is set for 7:30 on August 22nd.