Two buses leaving Steele High School Friday morning carried more than just the school's football team members. They carried the hope of the entire community of Cibolo.
As 2010 Division II champions, the team is out to make it two in a row. The Knights, undefeated this season, are set to take on the Spring Dekaney Wildcats in Arlington Saturday.
"I'm just real excited, ready to go and take care of business on the road," said Michael O'Neal, a Steele High senior and a defensive lineman on the team.
"We don't worry about how big (the other players) are. It doesn't matter. As long as we execute on the field, we'll get the job done."
O'Neal said his team is counting on that attitude -- and all the hard work they've put in -- to help them clinch the title.
Scott Lehnhoff, the team's offensive coordinator and assistant coach, said he knew, practically, from the first practice this season that the Knights had the potential to go all the way.
"They're extremely talented," Lehnhoff said. "I think that's the main ingredient with any successful team is having great athletes."
Whether or not people outside the team knew that for sure, they're glad the team is in a position for victory now.
Hundreds of fans lined the streets, including students at other Cibolo schools, held up banners and shouted words of encouragement as the teams buses rolled by.
"We were real proud last year when they went to state. And tomorrow we'll be going to Dallas to watch them play," said Vicki Smedley who turned out to show her support even though she doesn't have children at Steele High.
Lehnhoff said bringing back a trophy won't exactly be easy.
Although this will be the Wildcats' first visit to the state championship contest, he said the team is tough competition.
"They've got some big strong guys," Lehnhoff said. "I think they'll be a good matchup for us."
O'Neal, though, said he isn't worried. He plans to walk away as a winner for the second year in a row.
"We don't worry about how big they are. It doesn't matter," he said. "As long as we execute on the field, we'll get the job done. "