ONEIDA, Tenn. (WVLT) -- In Oneida, the playoffs aren't a bonus. They're expected.
That's what happens when you have the success and tradition that the Indians do.
Oneida has made the postseason 14 of the last 16 years.
The Indians are coming off a 9-2 season, but much of that talent is gone.
Head coach Tony Lambert suffered key losses on both offense and defense and returns just six starters.
But at Oneida, Lambert says a 'next man up' mentality has been formed.
"What our kids do, they expect to play. When the next bunch leaves, they expect to play and they expect results. Our community expects results," Lambert said.
"That's what makes Oneida a great place to coach."
Lambert is a defensive-minded coach. He'll rely on that defense early, as an inexperienced offense develops.
"We've got to be a ball control offense to give ourselves a chance. I think the misdirection and that type of stuff in this offense is gonna give us an opportunity to be successful."
Oneida opens up the season Friday at Rockwood.