(FAUCETT, Mo.)- The Mid-Buchanan Dragons football team is entering year 4 under head coach Aaron Fritz and his focus has always been about more than football.
"We preach brotherhood," Head coach Aaron Fritz said.
In a time when several area football programs are facing lower numbers, Fritz' squad is trending in the other direction.
"Keep getting more numbers out, keep football alive," Fritz said. "Football is a sport that is seeing dwindling numbers and we're one of the fortunate ones that we have more kids out right now that we've had, so I hope we can keep it that way."
This year marks the fourth for Fritz at Mid-Buchanan and it's a program the players continue to buy into.
"They want to be out here," Senior Riley Brill said. "We want to be out here, we wouldn't be out here if we didn't want to be. Shows us that we have kids that want to work hard and play."
The Dragons are coming off a 1-9 record and in hindsight, the team took away several positives from the season.
"We had a lot of young guys last year, and not necessarily young, but also a lot of guys with inexperience," Fritz said. "We went out and battled, played in a lot of close games. We just have to take that next step."
Fritz has a pretty simple motto for his squad and it's a contagious mentality.
"We'll be the hardest working team on the field," Fritz said.