KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- South-Doyle is in position to do something the school has never done: make the playoffs in consecutive seasons.
Since South-Young and Doyle merged in 1991, South-Doyle hasn't had back-to-back playoff years.
In 2011, the Cherokees made the playoffs, marking their first postseason appearance since 2001.
With nine starters back on both offense and defense, head coach Clark Duncan feels his team will compete every game this fall.
Making sure their strong mentality is the next step.
"We have to expect we're gonna win," Clark said.
"We have to believe we're gonna win. I do believe that these guys believe they will win. That is a key. You have to have that self confidence that when you line up, we're gonna whip you. And that's the attitude we have to have."
After making the playoffs for the first time in ten years, these Cherokees are hungry for more success.
"Now that we've been there, we know what to do now," defensive tackle Dennis Mongan said. "Now it's just winning games in the playoffs, taking it one game at a time and seeing how far we can go."
South-Doyle opens up the season at Karns. The Cherokees won last year's meeting 7-0.