VESTAL (WBNG) -- The Vestal football team is ready to see its hard work during the offseason pay off.
"We had a tremendous offseason in the weight room," said head coach Tony Policare. "Our kids really bought in and we just have a great vibe on our team. We're thrilled."
"All of the hard work we've put in this offseason I think is the factor that's going to set us apart from these other schools this year," said running back and outside linebacker Collin Kintner.
Policare said the biggest difference comparing last season to this season is the growth his team has experienced.
This year the Golden Bears have six returning seniors including Kintner.
"I'm competitive in everything I do. Just excited to get the competitive side out of me just one more time in high school," said Kintner.
"We're excited to have him as one of our leaders," said Policare. "No one is going to out-work Collin Kintner. He's always on the go. Always working out so those are the things that he leads our team by example."
Senior running back Dante Burns said he wants to give this season everything he's got.
"Put it all out on the line no matter who's watching," said Burns. "No matter how many games we have just to go out there and just perform. That's all."
Vestal is still classified as a class A school. Due to county restrictions, Vestal will play schools outside of class A like Chenango Forks and Windsor.
"Here in Section IV every week, no matter what class it is, top notch football so our kids come ready to play," said Policare.
The Golden Bears will also face Maine-Endwell, Binghamton, Union-Endicott and Johnson City. No matter which team is on the schedule, Vestal is ready to get this season started.
"I'm excited for it and I think the guys are too," said Kintner.
Vestal opens the season hosting Maine-Endwell Friday, March 19 at 7 p.m.