The Lennard High football team had its best season in school history with a 5-5 record last year and senior Pete Foret has little doubt he will help the Longhorns continue their winning ways.
Foret, who saw limited playing time at quarterback behind senior Fred Porter last season, relishes the opportunity to lead the team.
"We have some good guys back and have a good-size offensive line," said Foret, who is heir-apparent to Porter. "It was a relief having a (.500) season. It sets the bar a little higher.
"Coach doesn't guarantee spots, but starting quarterback is my spot and nobody is going to take it from me. I'm not going to be out worked."
Lennard coach George Edington indicated Foret has earned the chance to be at the controls of the Longhorns offense.
"He did a great job in the spring game for us and right now he's probably our No. 1 guy," Eddington said. "He's a smart kid and absolutely the hardest worker in the weight room. I could have played him more last year."
Foret has a basic philosophy about what it takes to be a successful team leader.
"I try to lead by example; you can't tell them what to do," he said. "I'm not much of a speech giver. If you do what you're supposed to do, good things will happen. I have to know what I'm doing and rally guys around me. I'm like the coach on the field."
Foret will be in charge of a ground-oriented offense, but has the ability to throw the football.
"Our quarterbacks run the ball, but Pete throws it real well," Eddington said. "He's not as fast as Porter, but he's a ton to bring down."
Foret also expects to spend some time on the defensive side of the ball and looks forward to the challenge of playing on both offense and defense.
"We have guys that go both ways," he said. "I practice at linebacker and the defensive coordinator tells me I might have to play some there. I'd rather just play quarterback and focus my energy on that, but I'd be happy to play linebacker."