And the way Wolf's team is built, this could be the ideal season to take the next step.
Chelsea is returning 14 starters, seven on offense and seven on defense, including an experienced quarterback and cohesive offensive line.
“The main thing is having the experience, knowing what it's like in the tough games and in the playoffs,” Wolf said. “And like I said, we have the guys who have been there before.”
On the surface, some might brush off Nowata as a district afterthought.
But despite an 0-10 season last year, Nowata is a program to be feared. Or at least that's what Adair coach Mark Lippe said.
“That 0-10 season last year is not what Nowata football is all about,” Lippe warned. “Nowata has great tradition. They have a history of success and produce some good athletes. Always have athletes. Everyone looks at 0-10, but you can't get caught up in that. They will probably have the best athletes in our district.”
District 2A-7 coaches' poll
1. Pawhuska (7-6)
2. Adair (10-1)
3. Chelsea (8-3)
4. Nowata (0-10)
5. Caney Valley (5-5)
6. Oklahoma Union (2-9)
Note: Last season's record in parenthesis