PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - It's business as usual for Resurrection football, the Eagles have reached at least the second round of the playoffs each of the last five years.
So how have they managed such consistent success?
"Team chemistry, great coaching and sticking to our game plan," said Clark Presley, Senior Receiver.
That sounds easy enough but looked in doubt to start 2017.
A brutal schedule and injuries lead to a 0-4 start before the Eagles rallied off a run putting them just one win away from the State Championship game.
"It was tough, but I had to do what I had to do," said Terrance Spivey, Senior Defensive Lineman. "Me and my teammates had to step up and make the team successful."
"Those young kids got those reps early, and so late in the year when we had them ready to go and the older kids came back, we had depth," said Head Coach Scott Sisson. "I'm hoping those same things happen here."
The team faces challenges with a slightly smaller roster and standout players like Blake Porter having moved on to college.
Returning production like Terrance Spivey and his ten sacks a year ago already experienced their trial by fire and are now molded and ready to produce in 2018.
"They seem to understand what we're doing," said Sisson. "We have a routine here from seventh grade up to twelfth. We all do the same stuff. It's just a matter of them maturing and getting a little bigger and stronger. I know age does matter a little bit, but as long as they know how to line up, and they give the right effort, I could see some good things happening."
Another difficult start to the schedule awaits Resurrection in 2018, but much like last year, the Eagles are confident a slow start wouldn't doom their season, and that they're capable of another run to South State and beyond.
"I think it is. I think we're going to surprise a lot of people this year. I think they're gonna be underestimating us. I don't think they're ready sometimes," said Presley.
Resurrection kicks off the season on Aug. 17 against Perry Central.