"Last night I was just sitting in my bed and I just could not stop thinking about football," said Whitehouse senior Ryan Cheatham.
Most didn't sleep, at least not very long.
"I woke up at 5:30 am," said senior Coleman Patterson.
"4:00 again this morning," said head coach Adam Cook.
"4:35 a.m. And I was waiting on my aunt to hurry up and get to my house so we could come up here, I was so pumped and ready," said senior Dominique Hollie
Because in Whitehouse, it's the literal dawn of a new era.
Adam Cook takes over a team coming off the best season in school history.
"For all of us coaches there comes a day when you can't play any more and we want to coach," said Cook. "That is it. So there is a lot of excitement with that responsibility."
And there is plenty to get excited about with several starters returning from the Wildcats 10-2 team.
Whitehouse is the pre-season #6 team in class 4A.
"Especially being #6, it is the first time for Whitehouse to be ranked this high," said Hollie. "But then again, people are actually after us this year."
"We don't want to end the year #6," said senior Reggie Long. "We want to end the year #1."
They can look at the baseball team for inspiration.
In May, they broke through to the state tournament for the first time ever.
"Going to the state tournament in baseball, you get that same feeling that we can do it again in football," said senior Coleman Patterson, who played on the baseball team. "We have been through it once in baseball, so now we have to do it again in football."
"You can feel it on your fingertips, but you have to keep working, because you do not want to be satisfied with not making it, you would be upset with yourself," said Cheatham.
Perhaps Hollie put it best, "If baseball did it, you know football has to do it."
And they'll get that chance.
A chance to start the new Whitehouse era with a bang.
"It is going to be fun to watch, we have a great opportunity here," said Cook.
The Wildcats open on August 30th on the road at Hallsville.