"Two years ago, everybody's goal was to make it to the playoffs, the year after that was to make it on into the playoffs," senior running back Derek Gray said. "But this year we're chasing something different."
C.T.R. Chase the ring -- it's the motto for a hungry Central squad.
"We were just talking one day, people put it on Twitter just messing around with it. We just started saying CTR and it just kind of stuck," senior quarterback Jacob Kaiser said. "It's a pretty big thing. We take it to heart. We all mean it. We bust our butts every day for one another."
Chasing down a state championship ring sets the bar high for the Indians as they come off a 6-5 season, but it's more than just the team's 16 seniors committed to the slogan.
"All 70 guys, we're all focused in," Kaiser said. "The scout team's going hard every play, people on the sideline -- I'm hearing positive talk to people out on the field. Everyone wants to be here, everyone wants to put in the effort, and everyone wants to win that ring."
"It's one thing that the whole team is pushing towards," senior defensive lineman Tyler Meinert said. "It's not just the starters, not just the guys that play, everybody. It's something that's never been done in Central High School history. We want to make history. That's what we want to try to do."
For many guys on the roster, Central will be their final stop along their football careers, and only shot at a championship -- but not tight end Tyree Mayfield.
Mayfield's committed to play at Division I FCS Illinois State next year, but he has some unfinished business to take care of first.
"Recruiting stuff is all fun and whatnot, but I just want to put that aside," Mayfield said. "I want to get the ring here. This is first. This is what's happening now. These are my brothers. So until I leave, these are my brothers and my family, and I want to go all the way with them."
Along with Mayfield, senior tight end Dakota McQuiston gives the Indians fast offense another big weapon to counter Gray out of the backfield.
"If we get all of our momentum going like we can, then we're unstoppable. If that tempo starts going, you can't stop us," McQuiston said.
That's the plan for Central as they hope to go where no Indian football team has before.
"We've talked a lot about playoffs, playoffs, playoffs the last couple of years," head coach Jeff Wallace said. "We've got that mastered. It's time for us to go make some noise now. I'd say the goals are probably as high as they could be."