Jamestown High School football came in to this season with a lot to overcome. A small senior class and only one returning starter to the offensive line are just two of those challenges.
But despite what could have created struggles, the Blue Jays are instead finding success.
While every team will tell you they prepare the same each week. There are some weeks, that just bring more to the table.
"Big week," starts off Jamestown football head coach Tim Fletcher. "I can't tell you guys with an opponent coming in to town like this on Friday night and the competition level that's going to be there. You guys are ready."
With a 2-0 record Jamestown is having the most successful start to their season in nearly ten years. The hot streak comes having outscored their opponents 84 to 18.
"We're just trying to change the culture here," explains senior tight end and linebacker Mark Wagner. "[We're trying to] get the young guys involved. [We're] just working hard."
Of course winning tends to help.
"Everyone feels a lot more confident in how we're doing and how we're going to do and our motivation and our drive has been a lot higher than in past years," adds fellow senior running back Taylor Orr.
But in just week three comes maybe their biggest challenge of the season. Defending state champions: Bismarck High.
"You guys are ready for a test of that magnitude," Fletcher says as he addresses his team. "Are they a good football team? Yes. We are a good football team. Alright."
"We need to realize what we got ourselves in to and we need to work hard," explains Orr. "Work as a team to compete with Bismarck."
"Everyone in the state knows they're good. But it's a football game," says Wagner. "We know we'll need to be more assignment sound. We know we're going to have to fly around come Friday. But it boils down to playing four quarters of football."
And for those four quarters Coach Fletcher asks his team for one thing.
"Believe in yourselves," Fletcher tells his team.
"We're just not going to be afraid. We're going to go in there and play our brand of football," Wagner affirms.
With the chance to be a part of something big on their horizon, the Blue Jays are excited for Friday's first snap.
And as the team comes together at the end of practice, Fletcher's last request is to, "Make sure you take care of tomorrow. Tomorrow's a full on day."