Summer is winding down, but not before one of the most dominating teams in the Kanawha Valley, George Washington, preps for another title run, but first the Patriots have to focus on game number one.
"Us seniors have been playing together for a long time," G.W. senior quarterback Trevor Bell said. "I think right now, all we're thinking about is playing South Charleston. Of course there are those long term goals and that kind of thing...I think as long as we keep working hard, things will start to pan out."
Last year, the Patriots made it to Wheeling, but their trip was spoiled by Martinsburg beating G.W. 35-27 for the state title. After that disappointing result, the Patriots return in 2012 with a chip on their shoulder.
"They know they're going to give it their best shot and that they have a target on their backs...the expectations are high and that's what you really want to be...that's what you want to do," G.W. Head Coach Steve Edwards Jr. said.
G.W. Returns about 17 seniors including the state's best running backs, Ryan Switzer.
"He's done a great job, such a great kid, great player," Edwards added. "He means a lot to this program. He's a lot of what we do. But he's not the only thing we do. "
While we all now what Switzer is capable of doing on the field, his teammate and quarterback Trevor Bell had a great off season working to get better. Bell says having an experienced backfield is key for a successful 20-12 season.
II think it gives us a big edge," Bell said. "It gives the guys that's been around the program for a long time know what the expectations are and know how to win."