What a difference a year has made for the Big Spring Steers.
In 2012, the Steers went 5-5, not winning a single game in district.
This year they're 7-3, and were a win away from a share of the district title
And the key to their success is simple -senior leadership.
"This year has been great leaders," said Big Spring head coach Phillip Ritchey. "They're very unselfish and they play for each other."
"We have a lot of leadership," said senior wide receiver/defensive back Devin Roberson. "We have people that are gonna go out and lead the team and we play as a unit"
Another reason for their rise is their potent spread offense.
An offense which has averaged nearly 500 yards a contest an is led by dual threat junior QB Tobyn Tannehill who's taken command the team since starting last year as a sophomore.
He's just really developed as a complete player," said Ritchey. "He's taken more control of our offense and just made some huge plays for us. Running and throwing."
The Steers next playoff game will be here at legendary Ratliff Stadium, taking on the Andrews Mustangs -- a team who the Steers beat back in Week 4 61-to-48, but will be looking a lot different now, especially since losing QB Shane Dolgener to a torn ACL.
Still, the Steers know that they're playing a different, potentially better team
"Both teams are definitely not the same. We're gonna have to focus and prepare like we would," said junior quarterback Tobyn Tannehill.
"They've gotten better," said Ritchey. "We're not the same team we were when we played those guys. We've kinda evolved through the season and do some of the same things and some of the things we do differently."
Regardless of how deep the Big Spring go this postseason, it's the first time since 2009 the Steers has made playoffs, and the work the Class of 2014 has put in is paying off.
It's been neat to see it grow and our seniors have worked since junior high to get to where we are now and it it's finally here," said Roberson.
And the future is looking bright
"It's pretty fun, said Tannehill, "getting to be an underclassman, getting to play for the seniors and letting them have their fun. Then next year, it'll make us strive to be like this year, hopefully even better."
Reporting from Big Spring Matthew Villanueva Big 2 Sports