Since 2002, the Purcell Dragons have made the playoffs in eight consecutive seasons
But just making it isn't good enough anymore.
Eleventh-year coach Mike Wilson took this team to the state championship game six years ago when they were still in Class 2A, and he wants his players to get a taste of that.
"We'd like to get past that second-round game," Wilson said. "We went to the finals in 2004 and haven't been back to the semifinals since then. But we've been in the second round almost every year, we need to get past that mark.
The second round has been a thorn in the Dragons' side; their season has ended there the past two seasons. And even though District 3A-2 is smaller now, newcomers Plainview and Sulphur were both in the playoffs last season.
Instead of it being three games then a championship, a game has been added to the 3A playoff bracket making it just a little harder.
"A seven-team district probably makes it a little easier to make the playoffs," Wilson said. "But those two teams we traded for are pretty good football team, so I'm not sure if we made a good trade."
The Dragons have seven starters returning on offense and their team leader, junior quarterback Cole Swayze.
Swayze has back-to-back seasons of 1,000 rushing yards, and he excels on the track as well. He placed fourth in the 100 meters and fifth in the 200 meters at the Class 3A state track meet in May.
Big 12 schools Missouri, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have shown interest in the class of 2012 recruit, with Oklahoma State already offering him a scholarship.
The defensive side of the ball is where Purcell could have trouble though.
"They're young and inexperienced, but they are pretty fast," Wilson said. "We're going to put a lot of fast guys on the field, but they aren't going to have any game experience."
District 3A-2 coaches' poll 1. Madill (10-1) 2. Purcell (9-3) 3. Plainview* (8-3) 4. Pauls Valley (5-6) 5. Sulphur* (6-5) 6. Lone Grove (5-5) 7. Dickson (4-6) *denotes new school to district