It's been four years since Celina took home a state championship and while some towns wouldn't mind the absence of championship hardware, for a town built with a winning tradition four years could seem like a millennium.
That could change in 2012.
The Bobcats are a preseason top 10 team in class 3A and return 10 starters from last year's 11-1 squad that made it three rounds deep in the playoffs. Headlining the group of impressive players is Texas commit Jake Raulerson, however, the key to the Bobcats success will weigh heavily on sophomore quarterback Nathan Elliott.
Luckily Elliot isn't new to the game. Elliott accomplished an impressive feat as a freshman, starting every game for the Bobcats and compiled over 2,100 yards and 30 scores. You can say he it's in his genes, his father Bill, who was named the school's new coach in the off-season, played at TCU in the late 80's.
For the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder, interest is already starting to come in. Texas is among the schools showing early interest and although he hasn't heard from TCU yet, the Frogs are still near the top of his list of favorite schools.
"I like it because it's a smaller school and I'm from a small school," he said. "They have a lot of new facilities and a lot of new stuff coming. The new stadium is going to be really cool. Plus, the fact that my dad went there just brings me to want to go there and do what he did."
Starting at quarterback for one of the most prominent high school programs in the state is one thing, but doing it as a freshman is pretty remarkable. For Elliott, it was something he had always envisioned growing up in the North Texas community.
"It was a dream come true ever since I was a little kid," he said. "I told my grandpa that I want to be the starting quarterback for the Celina Bobcats as a freshman and play four years. It was a dream come true for sure."
There is plenty of time for the 2015 prospect to go through the recruiting process so for now his primary focus is to bring home another state championship trophy.
"The main goal is to win state and do a lot better than we did last year; we kind of got letdown in that third round game and didn't play too good," he said. "We're going to have a good team this year."
Celina won the FSSW 7on7 Divsion I State Championship on Friday with a 33-26 win over Graham.