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Respect is something that permeates through the entire Summers County Program, or rather the Summers County area.

"It's not only the team and the school, but the whole community has backed us," said first year head coach Nate Tanner.

That respect starts with the quarterback, Tanner made some offensive changes early in the season. He put sophomore Matt Ryan as the play-caller and leader of team.

"It's really been a blessing to be able to lead team as good as this, I've built a family around this team, they've really been good to me," said Ryan.

The seniors welcomed the change, it freed up TJ Smith to move to running back to dominate the run game alongside Isaiah Brown.

Brown explained, "Matt's one of my best friends, I'd rather have him than anyone else in the state."

The players call each other family, and this family went 9-1 on the regular season and made school history by being the first Bobcat team to earn a home game playoff appearance.

It hasn't been an easy road to get this far, but the team is finally on the path they want to be.

"In high school they've literally started from the bottom. A lot of the seniors, when they were freshman they were 0 and 10 and now they've climbed that latter," added Tanner.

That latter has taken them to the first round of playoffs, and the respect for each other continues to grow every practice.

"They're seniors, they're like my brothers, their like older brothers who always look out for their younger brothers," Ryan said of his teammates.

For the seniors it'll be the last playoff appearance they will see, and Bobcat family plans to make the best of it.

"State championship, that's all I'm thinking," said Brown.

Their fate lies ahead of them Saturday at Garten Stadium as they take on Ritchie County at 1:30 in Hinton.

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