JACKSBORO, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Now in his third year as Campbell County's head coach, Justin Price is starting to see results, although it hasn't always been easy.
"Campbell County was at rock bottom. You had to come in and have a plan and a vision and stick to that," Price said.
"It's been tough at times. You want that instant success, but it doesn't happen over night."
The Cougars went 3-7 last year, and while it might not be reflective in the record, Campbell County did make strides.
"We've closed the gap. In year one, it was about 20 point differential (in losses). Last year, it was six points. We lost 3 or four games in the fourth quarter."
Price says the next step is to finish the job.
"Finish the fourth quarter" has been a Cougar mantra heading into a new season.
"I think you learn to finish by doing every drill, every day, whether it's just running a 20 yard sprint. We need to learn to finish everything," Price said.
"I think with our system being there for three years now, they're more confident in what we're trying to do, so I think that confidence will allow them to finish better and hopefully we will get over that hump."
The Cougars return 7 starters on offense and six on defense. Price likes what he has with his offensive skill set and the defensive line.
Two challenging areas for Campbell County this fall will be developing inexperienced players at linebacker and on the offensive line.
Campbell County opens up the season at August 23 against Cumberland Gap.
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