Fayetteville Football Looking to Duplicate Historic Season

 The 2016 season was one for the Fayetteville High School record books. Not only did the football team finish the regular season with an undefeated record (10-0), but the basketball team followed right behind them with an unbeaten record of their own (24-0).

 What's even more impressive is that the Pirates' football program only had about 24 kids on the team last year. As they begin the 2017 season, their roster will be about the same size, but it's never slowed them down before.

 "I think the people we have are strong, it's the people that should be out here," Senior Lineman Trent Pullens said. "If it was easy everybody would be out here, we would have a lot more people. But it's not easy, so there's 20 people."

 Fayetteville graduated a really strong group of Seniors last year including Starting Quarterback Will Fenton and Receivers Dalton Dempsey, Alex Hewitt, and Marcus Lively. That means that this season, younger guys like Tristan Coots or Jordan Dempsey will be stepping up and leading this team.

 "After backing up Will last year... it's going to be some big shoes to fill, but I think having most of our line back, they're going to be able to protect us back there and we're going to be able to have a good variety of options to go to," Coots said. We lost a lot of skilled players, but I think we'll be able to have guys step up in those positions and fill in where we can still succeed."

 Another key element of the Pirates success last season was how much support they received from the Fayetteville community. Even during their postseason run, the surrounding Fayette County areas, who typically have their own teams to support like Oak Hill or Midland Trail, came out to watch the Pirates.

 "It helped a ton having our community behind us. Every road game felt like a home game to us because the stands were always full," Coots said. "Just having everybody behind you, backing you up, it's a huge push going in to the game."

 Fayetteville will open the season on the road against the Wyoming East Warriors on Friday August 25th at 7:30. Weeks two and three, the Pirates will play home games against the Valley Greyhounds and the Richwood Lumberjacks. Their week four match up will be on the road against county-rival Meadow Bridge. Fayetteville fans should have Week five circled on their calendar for the Oak Hill rivalry game on September 22nd. Week six the Pirates host PikeView, followed by a week off. On October 13th the Pirates will host Midland Trail in the Battle for the Bridge. Week 9 they host Buffalo, week 10 they visit Greenbrier West, and week eleven they host the Summers County Bobcats.

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