One high school football team brings regular season intensity to offseason workouts.
"Too early to start talking about football?"
"No, it's never too early."
The Northeast Jones Tigers respond to offseason expectations with hard work.
With two months left before fall camp, the Tigers already have their sites beyond the regular season.
"We understand the expectations, and getting to the playoffs is fine, but we're trying to make that run."
Last year's team fell short to Bay High in the first round of the playoffs.
This year's team doesn't return a lot of depth, but the players express confidence in the team's ability to get the job done.
"Oh I'm excited. A lot of people don't really know about us. They don't think we're going to be off too much. I think we're going to surprise a lot of people this year."
"Oh it's going to be amazing when the jungle's packed, and you make that big play. It's going to be amazing when we upset a lot of teams."
For the next two months the team will continue its 7:00 a.m. workouts four times a week.
Senior offensive lineman Austyn Sumrall says it's his job as a leader to keep his teammates motivated to work hard.
"Sometimes it's difficult because they get their heads down, but you just have to let them know you have to keep going."
Reggio Dean agrees.
"It's just something that's in my heart to do. I am a leader. I was born that way."
The rising junior plays running back and linebacker for the Tigers.
He says working hard in the offseason gives his team the pedigree to win every time it takes the field.
"I don't want to seem to brag, but I have my hopes set high. I always wanted a perfect season, so this might be the year because we have the team's chemistry and we all want it."
The Tigers fall camp begins Aug. 5.