ROANOKE, Va. -

The past two seasons, Patrick Henry's football team has finished the season with an 8-3 record.

Now in their fourth year under head coach Alan Fiddler, the Patriots are working more as a unit, which is something they hope leads to more success on the field.

“They know what I'm talking about when we line up. You know, this morning, we were running some plays and stuff and competing with the JV kids but they know what I'm talking about they know the terminology and it's definitely more familiar with everything,” Fiddler said.

After ending a long drought of missing the playoffs two seasons ago, the Patriots have gotten there in back-to-back years. However, they've fallen in the first round both times.

As one of the only 6A schools in the area, PH has always played some of the best teams around the state when it comes time for the post-season. But that's not something they'll let intimidate them.

“Well, we need to win a playoff game,” Fiddler said. “You know we've progressed to where we've gotten there, but we've been knocked out in the first round both years and we need to do something when we get to the playoffs, and hopefully try and play for a championship. I think we've got talent. I think we've got really good coaches and a great staff and they work hard, and you know, we'll play with anybody and we'll take the challenge.”