ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — In Nick Leftwich’s first year as a head coach at Cave Spring, the Knights went 3-7.

While he admits he learned a lot in that rookie season at the helm, Leftwich feels better about his team in year two.

“Our motto is just going 1-0 each day so if we can go 1-0 on Monday and then carry it over to Tuesday and everything else, hopefully Friday takes care of itself,” Leftwich said. “Having a full offseason is great for everybody but it’s especially great for us.”

And now his players are buying into his system.

“He’s a cool dude. Really cool dude, really fun to be around. Really good motivator,” senior running back Caleb Grider said. “Just always has energy and he’s a little bit younger too so he’s got the energy. Little bit of juice everywhere so it’s pretty fun.”

Now it’s up to the older players to teach Leftwich’s ways to the younger guys.

“We still feel like we know him pretty well now,” senior tight end Ayden Babich said. “We want to make sure that all the younger guys coming up know how to do things and how things are ran and I think that’s part of our job is to make sure everything goes smoothly.”

The season begins on August 26 against rival Hidden Valley at Bogle Field.