By: Wes McKinney

BECKLEY, W.Va. — Last season didn’t go the way that coach John Lilly and the Woodrow Wilson Flying Eagles envisioned as they finished 4-6 following back-to-back playoff appearances.

“We had anticipation of going a little deeper in the playoffs and it didn’t happen,” Lilly said. “We’ve had a little chip on our shoulder this offseason trying to get back to the level we should be on.”

Woodrow Wilson will return the bulk of last season’s squad, including senior quarterback Brent Osborne.

“Anytime you have your quarterback back you’re a little bit ahead of the game,” Lilly said. “He’s a good decision maker and worked hard in the offseason. We have a pretty good offensive line in front of him, anchored by Ben Jackson.”

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Quarterback Brent Osborne heads into his senior season with the Flying Eagles after taking over at QB a season ago.

This season is different for Osborne as last season he was replacing a former first team all-state selection at quarterback in Andrew Johnson.

“Last year he had to replace an all-stater in Andrew Johnson, but now he feels a lot more comfortable coming into this season,” Lilly said. “The big thing with him is he’s a smart kid, he makes sound decisions and he can run our offense very good.”

In addition to bringing back Osborne and several offensive weapons, Woodrow Wilson also returns a bevy of defensive players.

“Troy Lilly leads us on defense,” John Lilly said. “We have everyone back on that side of the ball anchored with Troy at linebacker. We feel like we have a pretty good defensive line (led by) Justin Ward, who had a really good offseason.”

Woodrow Wilson will face an ultra competitive schedule in the MSAC squaring off against four playoff teams from a season ago with matchups against Cabell Midland, Capital, Huntington and Oak Hill. The Flying Eagles will close the season with a long road trip to Hedgesville.

During the 2011 and 2012 playoffs, Woodrow Wilson made long trips to Martinsburg for their playoff opener, so they have become acclimated with traveling to the eastern panhandle. But, right now Lilly and his players are taking a blue collar approach towards getting back to the playoffs.

“We have a we’ll show you attitude right now,” Lilly said. “We aren’t going to talk about it – we’re just going to outwork everyone. We have lowered the hype and we plan to outwork people.”

2014 Football Schedule

08/29/14 07:30PM  H  WINFIELD  
09/05/14 07:30PM  A  GREENBRIER EAST  
09/12/14 07:30PM  A  HUNTINGTON  
09/26/14 07:30PM  A  RIVERSIDE  
10/03/14 07:30PM  H  CABELL MIDLAND  
10/10/14 07:30PM  A  PARKERSBURG  
10/17/14 07:30PM  H  CAPITAL  
10/24/14 07:30PM  H  PRINCETON  
10/31/14 07:30PM  H  OAK HILL  
10  11/07/14 07:30PM  A  HEDGESVILLE  
 wins: 0   lost: 0   ties: 0


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Robert C. Byrd


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Spring Valley




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    Such a good judge of Coaching! Lilly is arrogant and a lot of kids don't want to play for him. With the talent that feeds into Beckley, they should be in the playoffs every year and in the top 8 year in and year out. Seems like they are always squeaking into the playoffs when they do make it. You can make the arguement that there are bigger AAA schools with more kids in the conference they play in. But talent wise they are rich in the hallways of that school. Beckley will never amount to much of a Football power until a coaching change is made, and the talent in the halls is on the field.

    • Big Larry

      Well stated...

      The problem is Lilly has tenure and they can never get rid of him...and he will never quit.

      I'm afraid a coaching change will not happen in my lifetime...

      He runs that stupid triple wing offense and by the 2nd or 3rd series, the defense has figured it out....

      • WVU82

        In West Virginia, one does not have tenure in an extra-curricular assignment. The position is up for grabs each year. Someone has to appoint each coach, advisor, and/or club sponsor each year. It just happens that whoever does the appointing likes the person in the position. By the way, tenure does not protect public school teachers; rather ineffective administrators who cannot bring the bad teacher up for review do.

        • Big Larry

          Yeal right....

  • Beagle Hound

    I'm sure this kid can play and Beckley has talent, but the Eagles lack a strong head coach.

    Less with more for 15 years and running...

    • Big Larry

      You are so correct!