The Brookland-Cayce Bearcats are coming off one of their best seasons ever. They won 12 games and went 5-0 in their region. Those 12 wins were a program record for BC. They took a 9 game win streak into the playoffs and made it to the 3A state semifinals.

This season they return key weapons like quarterback Reed Charpia and Dominique Perry who will play DB and receiver in his senior season.

Head Coach Rusty Charpia is hoping that last year's success can become the norm for the Bearcats.

"Each year is a new year. It was a special year but we're hoping that maybe for a couple years in a row we can have that type of year. Yes we are pleased with last year at the same time no one cares what you did last year it's a new season," Charpia said.

Brookland-Cayce head coach Rusty Charpia directs his team during practice.

One thing the Bearcats do have is strength on the offensive and defensive lines. They are anchored by Corbin Small who is anything but and Jerrell Moore, who has an offer from South Carolina State.

A lot will be asked of them as they will play both ways this season. They are also embracing the challenge of being on everyone's radar after winning 12 games, having an offense that averaged almost 35 points per game and coming close to a state title game appearance.

"We have a lot of pride and we came up a game short last year and everyone really wants it. There's a fire burning in all of us and we really want to get it done this year," Corbin said.

"Last year people didn't really expect BC to do much but now that we had a successful year we want to keep building on that," Moore added. "We can't let last year's success get to us. It's more of a target on our back so every day you have to go ten times harder, do everything ten times better because someone is trying to chase your spot and get after you and beat you."

The Bearcats are optimistic but also realistic at the same time. They will need their young players to grow up fast this year.

"The number one concern is depth and trying to get some of the new kids; the freshmen and sophomores ready to play. So we got a chance-just don't have a lot of depth. So if we can stay away from injuries it could be a special year," Charpia said.

Brookland Cayce will take on Lake Marion at Lake Marion for their season opener on Friday night August 18.