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FOX 7 Field Trip: Elgin

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John Hygh traveled to Elgin to see a football program on the rise in this installment of the FOX 7 Field Trip.

The Wildcats are starting to get attention after back to back winning seasons.

In fact, last year they won two playoff games for the first time in over 50 years.

"It's really nice, said Elgin junior linebacker Colin Snell. "It's good having that long run in the playoffs last year, then to come back this season, have a lot of the same guys back."

"The expectations are super high," said head coach Will Griffin. "There's a little bit of buzz in the air right now about football in this town. So we're just excited to see if we can live up to those expectations."

The Wildcats are welcoming the expectations under third-year coach Will Griffin.

"Before he came in and changed, we weren't winning many games," Snell said. "Probably won like two games in district. Then he came in here and changed everything. We had a whole new mindset, and we started winning games."

"Whenever he wasn't here, the locker room was all negative," said senior running back Da'Trean Simmons. "It was all raggedy. Everybody was like oh it's down. Coach just made it better. More fun to come to."

"First thing I tried to do is just increase the numbers in the program," Griffin said. "Then we tried to give them nice things, make the uniforms better, make the locker room better, make the stadium look better. Just to make people proud about being a Wildcat."

Elgin is ranked 17th in the state by Dave Campbell's Texas Football and has been picked to finish second in the district behind Georgetown.

They open the season next Friday on the road against Rudder in Bryan Texas.

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