CHARMCO, W.Va. — When a Class A football program loses three all-state players (one first team and two special-honorable mentions), there’s usually some rebuilding that has to be done.
However, for Greenbrier West, the Cavaliers may be even more talented in 2013. First team all-state athlete Malik Boatwright will lead a key group of returning players that finished 10-2 a season ago, making the quarterfinals of the playoffs.
Boatwright, one of 17 or 18 seniors this season, will be one of the guys the Cavaliers look to for leadership following the loss of Tyler Parker, Zach Johnson and Josh Martin.
“Those seniors will have to step in and provide some leadership roles for us,” head coach Lewis McClung said. “We have a lot of guys that played last year, but they weren’t necessarily the leaders of the team.”
Along with Boatwright, McClung points to lineman Cody Lowdermilk and tight end/defensive end Marquis Frazier who will have increased roles in 2013 as well. Boatwright will move around offensively at times, but will take a lot of snaps at quarterback.
“His running ability is the big threat for him at quarterback,” he said. “We will move him some to tailback. He’s probably as good of a tailback as there is in Class A.”
Overall, it will be Greenbrier West’s second year back at the Class A level after spending a tenure in AA. The Cavaliers eventually fell to state champion Wahama in last year’s playoffs, 21-12.
“Honestly in Class A football, once you get into the playoffs, I think it may be a little bit easier to win a game in the first round,” McClung said. “Once you get into the quarterfinals and semifinals, those teams are pretty strong teams. You throw out a Wheeling Central or Madonna, they are pretty good football programs.”
This year, though, McClung’s program has aspirations of joining the elite in Class A.
“When we started this several years ago, our first goal was to be a consistent qualifier to make the playoffs,” he said. “We have been fortunate enough to fulfill that. Our next step is go from being in the playoffs to be a consistent contender for the championship. We haven’t made that step yet, but I’m hopeful we are near to being a contender. I feel like we can contend this year.”
2013 Football Schedule
|1||08/30/13 07:30PM||A||NICHOLAS COUNTY||-|
|5||09/27/13 07:30PM||A||SUMMERS COUNTY||-|
|7||10/11/13 07:30PM||H||POCAHONTAS COUNTY||-|
|8||10/18/13 07:30PM||H||WEBSTER COUNTY||-|
|9||10/25/13 07:30PM||H||JAMES RIVER, VA H.S.||-|
- Wes McKinney