It has been some time since King High has been a legitimate conversation piece when it comes to playoff talk.
The program has been mired in losing season after losing season. In fact, the program's last playoff appearance came in 2001 when it went 8-4. But in the last 10 seasons, the Lions have accumulated a 32-69 record.
Quarterback Greg Windham has made it his mission to wash the program of its lackluster past.
"I've just been waiting for the opportunity to prove what King High School is all about," said Windham, rocking in his seat with excitement. "We're a different team. We've gotten way better from what we were over the past few years. I just want to show the world. Everyone has been doubting King, but I think we're going to be pretty good this year."
That level of doubt was solidified when the Lions, from 2002-09, won only four games twice in that span.
That said, Windham is right. Things have changed.
On the field in 2010, King went 7-3 and was a blocked 37-yard field goal attempt shy of finishing as a district runner-up and reaching the playoffs. In October, the record was changed to 5-5 after it was deemed an ineligible player had been used, forcing the Lions to forfeit two non-district games.
Even still, it's apparent something special is brewing in Alvin Davis' fourth season at the helm.
"They found themselves last year," Davis said. "With the group of seniors we had last year, we put in their mind they are somebody ... and in being somebody, you have to step up to the plate.
"We don't surrender and we don't give up, that's our motto and they believe in that. We believe we're good and we can win. They know they can win."
That high level of belief will serve as a rock as King runs through the gauntlet of Class 6A-District 8, known as the District of Death. They'll face Armwood, Jefferson, Hillsborough, Sickles, Strawberry Crest and Leto in an attempt to earn a playoff spot.