ALBANY, TX -

After a season that nearly took the Lions to the State Finals, Albany wants more in 2014. But don't let that goal fool you, as they have already put last season in the rear-view mirror.

We're not really worried about that right now. That's a long way down the road," explained Albany's head coach Denney Faith.

2013 saw the Albany Lions go nearly all the way, falling just one game short of the State Final. As much as this season is about surpassing a year ago, the team's not focused on expectations.

"I think it's important that we don't look too far into the season," said senior Dylan Petree. We've got to take it one game at a time, just do our job, and get better each week and then take each game as it comes.

Coach Denney Faith warned his players about all the hype and expectations placed on his team.

"All of that stuff is good to have that out in the future and look forward to but, there's a lot of things that have to take place before that ever happens,"said Faith.

The thing the Lions will definitely focus on this year, is their offense. That all begins with the man under center, quarterback Drew Neece.

"You know as a sophomore last year he came in and had a great season as a sophomore, so coming in as a junior, he's got that year of experience under his belt, the game has slowed down for him a little bit, and you can see going through practices right now this time of the season, he's a lot further along now than he was this time last year," stated Faith.

Another weapon for Albany, running back Caleb Masters. He accumulated over 1,900 yards on the ground last year, and will need to have another spectacular season to propel the Lions even further. Just ask his head coach.

"He'll be the first to tell you that for him to have that kind of a year, our offensive linemen are going to have to be able to block and we lost some good linemen last year," explained head coach Denney Faith. "We have some people up front we have to replace, and for him to have a good season, those guys are going to have to play well."

But for now, the Lions focus is all on week one. Their journey in a new district boasts many new challenges on their road back to the playoffs.