"We seem to have kids with better character, kids with better attitudes," Mathews said.
Matanzas' Don Mathews entered is second spring as the head coach of the Pirates' football program, and he believes the team is better off now than it was a year ago.
"We're still kind of young, still kind of green," he said, "but we're doing a lot better now."
After a full season under their belts, the players seem to be adjusted to the way Mathews likes to run his team. As a result, practices have been running more smoothly.
"We seem to have kids with better character, kids with better attitudes," he said. "So it's just making it a lot better."