OWEGO (WBNG) -- After falling in the playoffs last season, the Owego football team wants to leave its mark this season.
"I'm looking forward to taking this chance to kind of prove who Owego is and kind of step-up in the county," said lineman Joshua Terry. "I'd love to come out on top."
Head coach Steve Virkler said the teams Owego faces this year will challenge them.
Owego's six-game schedule includes Elmira, Waverly, Tioga Central, Newark Valley and Corning.
"The schools we are playing are certainly extremely competitive and it's going to be an extremely competitive schedule for us so we'll see what we can do," said Virkler.
"We've been playing together for four years now," said linebacker and running back Cam Bundy. "I think it's going to contribute a lot for us to be able to overcome it. We'll have each other's backs just like we always do."
Virkler said the key to success this year starts with consistency.
"The more consistent we can be with executing what we want them to execute and not making mistakes whether it's mental mistakes or physical mistakes," said Virkler.
"This is not only our last chance to show what we got but it is a blessing that we even have this chance," said Terry.
The key to success continues with the veterans on the team like the five seniors on the offensive line and Bundy.
"Put the world on our shoulders," said Terry. "We're going to carry it and we're going to get you where you need to be. We're going to get that ball all the way down the field no matter what."
"I'm looking to leave a mark on the Owego Free Academy football program," said Bundy. "Do everything I can. Make every play. Go 100% every play."
With each of these pieces working together, Owego is ready for whoever they line up against this season.
"I think all of us are ready to eat this year," said Terry. "We don't care who they put in front of us. This is special this year."
Owego opens the season at Elmira Saturday, March 20 at 1:30 p.m.