Byron last won a state championship in 1999. The Tigers let an opportunity last year slip away in a four-point loss to Monticello. That game has not been lost on this year's team.
"I think it was the Monday after that we had kids already back in the weight room lifting," said senior lineman Tyler Elsbury. We've been working for this all year. I mean, everyone hates losing."
"We had the score of the state game, 20-24, in the weight room," said senior running back Isaac Stickler. "We were right there."
"That's never a good feeling when you go to the state title game and you come up four points short," said head coach Jeff Boyer. "That was a tough loss for the entire program. These kids certainly want to get back and have another crack at it."
Redemption, retaliation, redo, call it whatever you want, Byron is using that loss as motivation this week.
"We put on the back of our shirts never satisfied, because we're not satisfied with second place," said Stickler. "We want to get first place. We've worked hard and if you work hard, hard work does pay off."
The Tigers take on Williamsville, whom Byron beat in the 2017 quarterfinals.
"They have an All-State running back and they have a really good QB. They're very good players," said Stickler. "They like to run jet and stuff, they're fast, so we got to be ready."
For this accomplished bunch of seniors, it's one last shot at re-writing the history books.
"Not just for me, but for all my teammates. I want them to go out with a bang too," said Elsbury. "I'm going to be playing for every guy next to me. For myself, it's just kind of puts the cherry on top of the icing."