Two-time six-man state champ Highwood/Geraldine was back on the practice field Thursday to get their repetitions in.
The Rivals do not want a repeat of last year's 4-4 record and a spot on the couch during the playoffs.
Rivals' coaches say that record was partly because they played a lot of underclassman. The team lost a ton of standouts from the 2014 team.
"Last year we didn't have many seniors so this year we're a little bit older. Last year we played a lot of freshmen. This year they're 10 pounds bigger and stronger so we expect more from them," said coach Rodney Tweet.
With an extra year of experience under the players' belts, coach Brandon Gondeiro says he expects the level of play to get better as well.
"I think last year there was just some maturation so this year we're focusing on the angles. Last year we were smaller so we had to focus on that more. Hopefully we can combine a little more strength with the angles we learned last year and be in good shape," he said.
Highwood/Geraldine opens its season August 27 against Savage in Geraldine.