PEORIA - Peoria high went 5-4 last year and didn't make the playoffs, but the Lions' sophomores were undefeated last fall.
Now as juniors, those players want to bring that success to the varsity team.
"It just gives us a winning mentality," said Brandon Ruffin, Central Wide Receiver. "We stay hungry. In practice we pump eachother up and keep pushing. We want taht state championship.
"I feel like we can make the school better at football," said Tay Porch, Centra Wide Receiver. "Kids look up to us and want to come to Central and play for our coaches."
Central hosts Rock Island Alleman in the opener August 31st.