Austin Learning From Tough 2014 Season

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Decatur, Ala. (WHNT) It would be easy to look at Austin's 2-8 season last year and think the Black Bears just weren't any good. That sort of assumption wouldn't be completely accurate according to head coach Jeremy Perkins.

"The thing about 2014 is we were in every game. We're talking about one or two plays per game. We're not very far away. Our record doesn't really tell the story of last year's season. Every single game was wire to wire," Perkins said after one of his team's first practices of camp. The Black Bears lost five of their eight games by a touchdown or less which fully supports Perkins point.

The sour taste of 2014 still lingers with the Austin players as well. T.C. Lowe admits to thinking about the close games often, "Winning two games makes you really hungry so we ready to start this season maybe come out with a winning season, make it to the playoffs and maybe win a championship."

Austin's seniors are preaching a different attitude which they hope can change the outcome of several games.  "What we need to do is basically when the 4th quarter comes, we don't need to loaf around. We need to play until the last whistle blows, that is what was happening last year."

Austin opens the season August 21st against Spain park.