Standing on the sidelines on New Years Day, with his team surrounding him on a knee, the Crosby Cougar fans draped in red in front of him in the stands waving their signs and ringing their bells, Jerry Prieto had a loud and clear message to his team.
"We're not done, we're on a mission."
That mission is one now shared by just 16 teams in the State of Texas now as the Class 5A and 6A playoffs reach the State Semifinals this week.
So, who can punch their ticket to AT&T Stadium next week?
HOUSTON – When North Shore looks nearly flawless on gameday it's not by mistake.
And it is not easy.
"These kids lift five days a week and they are constantly in the weight room," North Shore coach Jon Kay said. "Then they will transition into the meeting room, on the board or video. Then to the field focusing on individual drills, ones vs twos and then special teams block and all the way through. There is so much that goes into it.
"Hopefully our kids are doing the things to make it look easy on gameday but we are always striving to make Monday through Friday more difficult than Saturday."