LOWELL, Ore. -- It took some time to get used to 11-man football for Lowell.
"I would like to think we can compete in every, single game," head coach Pat Todd said. But there are no pushovers."
The Red Devils went 2-4 after transitioning from eight-man to 11-man football in the spring.
"I wanted to come out and beat everybody and it didn't happen so now I'm working even harder," Todd said.
The team is hoping a full offseason could help them correct the mistakes made during last season.
"We all got stronger," senior lineman Raymond Fassbender said. "We weren't that strong last year. Stepping from an eight-man league to an 11-man league was a huge step for us."
The Red Devils return about half of the starters from last season.
The players feel they are gelling faster than normal.
"We got a taste of those bigger teams," Fassbender said. "I think we got it this year."
Lowell opens the season on September 2 against Gervais.