BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) - Tomorrow afternoon, Bluefield will make the trip up to the northern panhandle for a third-straight season.
"It just brings butterflies to your stomach," said senior running back J.J. Davis. "It's just a different feeling because we went up there and lost. It's a different feeling when you come back with a loss."
The 2018 trip didn't turn out as Fred Simon and company had hoped -- a ten-point loss to Fairmont Senior. But this season, the Beavers are back. And they're back this deep into the postseason, not because of one, or two or even three players.
"We're a team and that's what I love about us," said head coach Fred Simon. "We all play hard together and for each other."
"We have so many athletes on our team," added senior kicker Kaulin Parris. "You know, all 11 I feel like -- we have the best 11 around."
This group knows, however, that they have another gear. It's a gear they'll need against Bridgeport in a few days time.
"More people get involved," said senior defensive lineman Sean Martin. "But we've got to have more people give a lot more effort on Friday."
Some of this year's upperclassmen know what it's like to win a Class AA title. But, whether or not they've envisioned holding that trophy again -- Friday's game is for much more than a state championship.
"I've been thinking about it, but I know if we don't work hard, it won't happen," Parris said. "I'm just taking it one day at a time and thinking about -- what Tony would do if he was here."
"I'm not really thinking about it, but it would be huge for Coach Webster and his family," Martin said.
"It's just a different feeling, you know," Davis admitted. "It's like we're doing it for someone. Not just us."
Kickoff from Wheeling Island Stadium is set for 7 p.m. on Friday.