(WVVA) — Early-season losses have led to victories in October for both Bluefield and James Monroe.
The secret for the Mavericks has been the bond between players.
“I think it was just the team chemistry. Earlier in the year we were figuring things out — didn’t really have things down pat,” said James Monroe quarterback Monroe Mohler. “These last few games we’ve been putting things together and reaching our full potential.”
“This group is pretty tight,” added head coach Chris Booth. “They play well together. Things don’t seem to bother them as much.”
As for the Beavers, they have out-scored their opponents 240-86 during their five-game winning streak. That success, however, was forged first on the practice field.
“I think that’s really helped us a lot,” said Bluefield junior Juwaun Green. “No more playing around in practice — time to get serious.”
“We’ve been working pretty hard, but I know how good we can be,” explained Bluefield senior J.J. Davis. “We can get better and we are.”
But, it’s not just the seniors and captains that are raising their game.
“I’d agree with that, but I also think that guys like [Juwaun Green] and these underclassmen have kind of worked themselves to try and get better, too,” said Bluefield head coach Fred Simon. “I think it’s been a great team effort.”
A team effort is exactly what it will take to slow down the dynamic Maverick connection between Monroe Mohler and Xander Castillo.
“The timing has always been good because they’ve been playing together for years, but they’ve really stepped it up this year,” Booth noted.
The Beavers, however, feel they will be ready.
“We’ve just got to keep our eyes and heads on a swivel,” Davis explained. “We’ve got to let our linebackers know when to come and when not to come. We’re just going to be working on that today and before tomorrow.”
Kickoff from Mitchell Stadium on Friday will be at 7:30 p.m.