MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - There's fuel on the fire out at Carver-Montgomery heading into the 2018 football season. For them, it's about getting back to the top. The Wolverines opened fall practice this week and there's definitely some excitement.
"The excitement's here. It's go time for everybody," said head football coach James Thompson.
Carver made the 6A playoffs last season, but were bounced in the second round. To coach Thompson getting to the playoffs just isn't good enough and he said for his team to take the next step they just have do it, literally.
"To take the next step, you just have to take the next step," said coach Thompson. "We try to get these guys to understand that the playoffs don't mean nothing unless you win them."
Wolverines like to eat and Thompson said his team is definitely hungry going into this season.
"We got a group that's hungry," said Thompson. "A group that's hungry, that's trying to make a statement."
The expectation around Carver is simple.
"We just want a football team that everybody could be proud of," said Thompson. "The alumni, community, the supporters want a football team that everyone can be proud of and get Carver football back to where it used to be."
Thompson's Wolverines open with Jeff Davis. A team that got the best of them in 2017.
"Oh it's gonna be fun. It's gonna be fun," said Thompson. "Jeff Davis, good program, good coach over there, know him well. First game of the season on a Thursday night at Alabama State; it's gonna be fun."
Carver and Jeff Davis will open the 2018 season as part of the MPS Kickoff Classic. That game will kick at 7 p.m.