The Maud Tigers, under direction of second-year head coach Brant Hayes look to improve upon a 2-7 record last season.

Even though the program struggled at times, coach Hayes was able to recruit some new talent and will help right the ship in hopes of making the playoffs this season.

“One of the biggest positives in the attitudes of our players,” Hayes said. “This group of kids really gets after it in practice and in the weight room.”

For the first game last season, Maud suited up 10 players, this year they have 20 kids on the preseason roster.

“The increased numbers have really helped in practice,” Hayes said. “The kids really hook up and have to compete each day. Now we have kids who are out there working day in and day out looking to get better.”

Hayes went to the drawing board this summer and will be running different formations this season.

“I've had to do a better job adapting to the style of play,” Hayes said. “Coming from an 11-man style, I've had to do quite a bit of work coming up with some new sets and plays to get our players a chance to put up some points.”

The Tigers will rely upon senior running back Brady Arms and junior quarterback Lane Brooks as the key playmakers, Hayes said.

Roman Cox has the size and speed to be a legit threat at receiver this season, Hayes said.

On defense, junior Bryxton Sanders will be one of the key players looking to help the Tigers improve on last season.

Week one, Maud will travel to Bowlegs for the Highway 59 Bowl. Last year the Tigers beat Bowlegs 58-8 and were able to regain the traveling trophy.

This year they travel to Bowlegs Aug. 30 for a Thursday night tilt. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.