KAHOKA, MO. (WGEM) -- Just a season ago the Clark County football team won two games and was shut out in the district playoffs.
It's something that has yet to escape the minds of the Indians.
"We needed to figure some things out and we never did," senior Brad Forquer said.
"But after the season ended we just knew that next year was our year."
With a new turf field installed, and a new football season about to begin, the Indians can't help but feel optimistic about 2017.
"We have a lot of guys back. We're just hoping the experience pays off," Forquer added.
"We have the turf (field). We just have a lot to look forward to."
Another cause for optimism is a large senior class.
Head coach Ethan Allen will have a dozen seniors at his disposal.
"We feel really good about those guys," Allen said. "Their leadership has been great. We're going to build off that for sure."
Forced to play a large amount of underclassmen in 2016, those underclassmen now have experience, which gives the Indians some added depth and experience on both sides of the ball.
"Those guys gained a lot of experience and maturity," Allen noted.
"They've continued to build on that this summer. We're really excited about seeing those guys."
In the off-season Allen had to go back to the drawing board to fix an offense that scored just 116 points in 10 games last year. But Allen feels the group he has now can turn things around.
"Really we're just trying to spread it out and change our doubles (formation)," senior Garrett Brammer said. "That's when I'll be in the backfield and just different things like that."
According to Allen, "We've tried to use our speed and space a lot more this year. We've got a lot of guys we feel like we can go to with the ball."
"Something we have prided ourselves in as a coaching staff is being able to get as many guys on the field as possible."