Last season, the Woodrow Wilson Flying Eagles went 5-4 during the regular season and lost in the first round of the West Virginia 3-A State Playoffs to University High School in Morgantown. Head Coach, John H. Lilly enters his 25th year with the team and so far, he really likes what he sees from this year’s group.
“Well, the one thing I like is we’ve got a lot of enthusiasm,” said Coach Lilly. “We got a lot of team speed, everything is clicking and we’re moving well and everything… Just trying to get acclimated to a new season.”
The team is returning a number of talented seniors, especially on the defensive side of the ball including Linebacker Trey Cole, and defensive ends Justin Ward, and Chris Worley. Worley says the bond between the players is a big reason why the team plans to be successful.
“It’s a family type thing, we all take everything serious,” said Worley. “It’s time to play around in the locker room, but when we step out on the green, it’s time to put in work.”
The Flying Eagles began practices on August 3, 2015 like the other schools in the area, but Woodrow has an extra week to work before their opening game on September 4th. They begin their season against the Greenbrier East Spartans and the team is prepared to put in the extra time for the big home opener.
“Well the biggest thing we want to do is make sure that we’re in shape,” said Lilly. “So we put an emphasis on that this year to make sure that, because of that open date, that we tried our best to somehow get ourselves in game shape. I don’t think you can get in game shape until you play a game, but we’re going to have to try to do the best we can.”
The Flying Eagles have been lead by experienced quarterbacks for the last couple of years, but now they usher in sophomore QB, Sutton Radford. The seniors on the team will have to lead the way and they say that they’ve tasted the playoffs, but this year they want to extend their season further.