CHALMERS, Ind. (WLFI) — Over the past two decades the Frontier football program has enjoyed just two winning seasons, and it's been 19 years since the Falcons have started 4-0.
Times have changed in Chalmers.
The Falcons are 4-0 in 20-19, Troy Burgess' first year at the helm. The 18 year coaching veteran is familiar with success at the high school level. Including both bigger and smaller schools.
Burgess lead Class 4A Evansville Central to a state runner-up finish a season ago, and he's brought his winning ways to Frontier. The Falcons have just 28 players on their roster, but they've outscored their opponents 134-28 this season.
The 28 players are off to a strong start, and their head coach attributes it to one word — family.
"It's kind of that family atmosphere and to me that's one of the great things, one of the joys about being at a smaller school and a smaller community," said Burgess.
"You get that sense of family, that sense of togetherness and we started that from day one preaching that. You know we're all in this thing together."
Senior quarterback and defensive back Brooks Sailors attributes the success to Burgess' family culture.
"In past years I feel like we've not been able to do that," said Sailors. "We've not been thinking about each other we have been thinking about a lot of individual stuff and so I think we've come together as a family is what we say and that's helped us a lot."