Last year was the first time in 42 years that the Tuloso-Midway Warriors made the playoffs. But this year, simply matching last season's run isn't enough for Tuloso-Midway High School head coach and athletic director Joe Sendejar.
"Our goal is to finish a step higher than we did in our district standings," Sendejar said. "To go at least one more round than we did last year and win more games than we did last year. If we can fulfill those goals, then we've had a pretty good season."
Last week was a bye week for the Warriors, but Sendejar said while it's harder to get ready to play nobody on Friday, he doesn't mind having the extra time before district starts.
"You always get one or two kids hurt," Sendejar said. "So it gives us time to get those people healed right before district."
Before practice on Monday, Sendejar told his players that it was time to get to work.
"We always tell our kids we've really got four seasons," Sendejar said. "We've got offseason, then we have scrimmage season, then non-district and then we have district. We're starting a new season right now and this is the most important one."
Although the Warriors were looking good at practice, Sendejar said that they still had work to do.
"We're pretty picky and I don't think we're at the level that we should be," Sendejar said. "We're not hitting with all eight cylinders yet. We're still at six or seven. Our consistency is what we need to work on."
For their first district game of the season this week, Tuloso-Midway will host the LBJ United Wolves. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.
"It's going to be an interesting match-up," Sendejar said. "They're young, they've got a lot of juniors and sophomores on their squad, and they've got great quickness. I think that we have an advantage in that we're playing on grass and they're used to playing on artificial turf, so things should even out for us at least in that sense."
While confident, Sendejar said that they don't take anyone lightly going into district play.
"We're getting ready for our district season and we've got to take it one game at a time," Sendejar said. "We're looking at LBJ as one of the best teams in the district and that's what we've got to get ready for."