Brooks Using Tough 2014 to Fuel Rebound in 2015

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Killen, Ala. (WHNT) Brooks didn't know where the search for motivation until it was posted on the locker room wall.

"One of our coaches put up the scores of every time we lost and it put a bitter taste in our mouth every time we looked at them," Brooks linebacker Jake Whitehead said. "In the weight room during the off season we tried to come back work hard and improve on that."

The Lions went 5-5 and missed the playoffs for the first time in over a decade last season. The 2015 version of Brooks is using that record as motivation to prove they're still one of the most dominant programs in North Alabama.

Lions quarterback Tyce Thomas did not dance around the subject this week with WHNT News 19's Chase Horn. "Losing does suck, bottom line is we were sick of it. It's embarrassing, we were tired of losing, so we worked hard this off season and just kept in our minds we don't want to go 5 and 5 again, we want to be winners."

The turnaround is even more impressive when you consider a head coaching change just weeks before kickoff. long time assistant Brad Black took over the program and immediately put things back on track.

"When you thought perfect scenario it was a group like this, a group you wanted to start your career with. How many groups like this you get you don't know. There has not been another grow I have coach or been a part of that I would rather do this with."

The Lions will host North Jackson Friday at 7:00 pm.