CANTON, Mo. (WGEM) -- With each Culver-Stockton football season comes steady improvement under head coach Jeff Duvendeck.
After one victory in Duvendeck's first year the Wildcats jumped to three wins last fall.
Now the focus is making the leap to a winning campaign.
To do that, the 'Cats certainly need to score more. The offense averaged only 13 points and 235 yards a game last fall.
But there's reason for optimism considering the fact Duvendeck feels he's got more assets to work with.
Philosophically, it seems the offense is on the same page.
"We've been able to execute a little better than we have in the past, (and we have) a little better understanding of what we're trying to accomplish," Duvendeck said.
"(We are) not trying to get a big play every time. Obviously we'd like to score on every play we run, but we're taking what the defense gives us."
Sophomore wide receiver Nick Hill says more talent brings heightened hopes.
"I feel like the main difference from last year (to) this year is we have explosiveness on the edge," Hill explained.
"Any play can break free, and make the first or second man miss, and get into the end zone."
The onus is also on the Wildcats defense after allowing opponents to average 42 points a game in 2012.
"Right now it's a strong unit," Duvendeck said of the defense.
"Everyone is getting to the ball and they're playing with a lot of excitement. Our coaching staff on that side is very young, excitable, and they're high energy. I think that's carrying over to the players as well."
The season opener comes Saturday night with a trip to Lindenwood-Belleville.
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