"When you have a lot of guys coming back, of course the expectations are high," David Franklin, Haynesville head football coach, said. "But that's what makes it fun."
They don't want a state championship, they need one to erase the bitter-taste of a second place finish at state in 2012.
"The loss down in the Superdome was tough on these guys and I think we learned a lot in that loss. And I think one of the things that we learned was the we need to get stronger."
College recruits line Haynesville's roster, but Sr. Safety and San Diego St. commit Jerrell Jackson headlines a stingy, senior-heavy defensive unit, who won't be satisfied until state championship No. 16 is back in Haynesville.
"I don't think about the last game any more," Jackson said. "If you thinkin' about the last game still, you thinkin' about all the mistakes you've made. I have new things to accomplish this year. A state championship."
The Golden Tornadoes open the season at home against North Webster on Sept. 6th. Haynesville will dedicate the newly renovated Red-Franklin Memorial Stadium on that night.
During the off-season, Haynesville raised enough money to install a new scoreboard and press box at the historic site.
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