MINERAL, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Louisa County was one of the first local teams to hit the practice field Thursday afternoon riding high expectations coming off last season.
The Lions finished 2018 11-1, with their only loss in the Region 4B Semifinals on a last second play against Eastern View. But despite the letdown and another talented senior class gone, the expectations have not changed in Louisa.
"That's one of the reasons we're so successful season in and season out because every year we know what we need to do and we have good expectations," senior running back Jarett Hunter said, "And we grind every year to get to that point."
Much like Louisa County teams of the past, this year's team is driven by a strong senior class.
"We've got one final hoorah and we're really confident in the hard work we're putting in," senior linebacker Aaron Aponte said, "We just have a next man up mentality and we're all equal. We put in the same amount of hard work as each other and we try to push each other to be the best we can be."
While players like current Penn State linebacker Brandon Smith leave big shoes to fill, Coach Will Patrick says bringing new players into the Louisa culture will be key to reaching the Lions' high expectations.
"We're just trying to have a great program, it's not just one year at a time," Patrick said, "We really got to start with our young guys and get them programmed to what we do and how we do things and then when it works look what happens."