Culver-Stockton Head Football Coach Tom Sallay went his first two seasons collectin just five wins, which made the Wildcats 6-5 record last season that much more special.
Culver capped 2019 on a four-game winning streak for their first winning season since 2014.
Culver picked up their sixth win in dramatic fashion, coming back to beat William Penn after trailing 10-0 at the half, the Wildcats shutout the statesman 17-0 over the final two quarters.
Mind you this was after an all too familiar 2-5 record through their first seven games.
As Sallay enters year four with all 22 of his starters returning, now accustomed to a winning culture, he knows it'll take even more dedication from his squad if they want to make last season's breakthrough the status quo.
Sallay said, "Now we have to prepare even harder.
We have to work even harder.
We have to make sure that we watch more film, we have to make sure that we workout a little bit harder and do all those little things right in order to make sure that we are prepared to do what we're supposed to do on the field."
Despite all the returning experience, the Cats aren't short on newcomers either with 47 players in the most recent recruiting class that Sallay is eager to work into the fray.
Sallay added, "The biggest thing that we're excited about the recruiting class is we think they can come in and compete right now.
And I think the one thing that are guys know about us as a coaching staff, and we tell them all the time, it's our number one job as a coaching staff to go out and out recruit every single kid in our program every single year.
That's our goal in the recruiting process.
And our kids on campus's goal is to work so damn hard that it doesn't matter who we bring in that they can't come in and take their spot."