HAZELTON, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Last year Valley got off to a strong start winning its first six games, but that marked the extent of the Vikings' victories.
Nine months later, the team is focused and determined to not let that happen again.
"We won six games in a row and we got a news article that said Valley has proven what they're worth and then we went on a four game losing streak and I have that newspaper clipping pinned to my mirror," Valley senior quarterback Jason Hardy on last year's losing streak.
Last year injuries plagued the Vikings.
Hardy added, "we were down guys and didn't have very much depth."
And they weren't prepared for the outcome.
"I don’t think our mentality was very good, we weren’t strong, we didn’t go with the guys we got and finish the season, we were just down for the count," Hardy added.
Senior wide receiver/linebacker Nic Anderson explained, "probably the biggest thing I got from last year was our winning streak and mentality."
For senior lineman Jake Schilz, "that was our biggest weakness last year, other than injuries."
The eventual state semi-finalist Oakley, handed Valley its second loss of the season.
Hardy said, "that Oakley game is where we slip up every year. My sophomore year we lost three games in a row after we won the first six.
The vikings have lost to their nemesis by one possession the past two years.
But beating them on September 21, would serve as sweet redemption..
It's the match-up senior Nic Anderson is most looking forward to....
"Last year we ended with Jason getting injured, our quarterback," Anderson said.
Valley is always known for strength and speed. Coach Ryon Jarvis encourages his players to do track in the spring.
To stay in shape in the summer and be ready for weights. But mental toughness might be the X factor Valley will have this coming fall.
"We have the physical assets. We need to be mentally stronger this year," Schilz explained.
Anderson said, "I think our seniors need to have leadership this year, we have lots of them."