MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Huntingdon Hawks are off and running.
It is season number 14 for Mike Turk as Huntingdon's head coach.
"We're out here to get better each and every day, and if we can find a way to improve just a little bit at something every day, we have a chance to be good," stated Coach Turk.
"That's one thing we are basically focused on is getting better day by day. Position by position," said senior quarterback Chip Taylor.
The Hawks are coming off back-to-back USA South Athletic Conference titles.
A new season equals new goals.
"The bar has been set very high. The standard has been set. This football team will either raise that standard or lower that standard. It's going to be one of the two," stated Turk.
"The 2017 Hawks haven't accomplished anything. It's just coming in here day one and getting a feel for everything. How practice runs and just have to keep building on that day by day," said defensive back Anthony Wood.
The Hawks must find a new starting quarterback as the school's all-time leading passer Luke Bailey graduated.
"Someone asked me how I sleep at night knowing that Luke has all the records and graduated. I told them I sleep like a baby. I wake up about every two hours screaming and crying," Turk stated.
Former Fort Dale Academy Quarterback Chip Taylor hopes to wipe away those tears. He's entering his senior season and knows the offense like the back of his hand.
"You mentioned Luke Bailey last year, learning from people like him and the other three senior quarterbacks that graduated. Learn from people like that who have been through the system who have played a lot," stated Taylor.
"Chip has been here for three years. He's been studying. He knows the offense frontwards and backwards as well as I do. Just hasn't had an opportunity to play as much" said Turk.
"Trying to get better as a quarterback. Trying to get better to make this team live up to expectation that has been built the last couple of years," said Taylor.
Huntingdon opens the season Sept. 2 against Guilford.