The Woodrow Wilson Flying Eagles have a proud tradition of strong football programs. In his first year as Head Coach, Street Sarrett and the Flying Eagles finished with a 1-And-9 record against a very competitive MSAC Schedule. Sarrett says his team is using that “1-9 feeling” to feed their fire, and he expects much more out of his guys this season.
“Yeah, a tough taste, 1 and 9. Any time you have a season like that, these kids remember it,” Sarrett said. “Every day in that weight room in the off season they remembered it, and I think it’ll be a little different story this year.”
“I’m pretty impressed with how many people we’ve had in the weight room,” Junior running back Micah Hancock said. “In there working as hard as they can to get better and be better on the field.”
Like every team, the Flying Eagles have lost a few senior starters that graduated, but the team started a number of underclassmen in 2016, and Coach Sarrett thinks they will make his team that much more experienced this season.
“Especially with our schedule. You get in to that Mountain State Athletic Conference and it’s just tough,” Sarrett said. “Those kids, I guess, got baptized under fire in that and they understand it now.”
Now, it’s time for the upperclassmen to step up and lead this team because they have a lot of young guys, but they’re guys that will be relied on to make big plays against very good teams.
“”That’s a pretty big deal, having as many young guys as we do,” Hancock said. “We just have to be able to teach them, teach them right, and make sure they know what’s going on.”
Woodrow will kick off their season on the road visiting the Riverside Warriors on August 25th. They’ll host the Greenbrier East Spartans in their Home Opener on September 1st at Van Meter Stadium. Following that, most of the team’s schedule is split with home games in Weeks 3, 4, and 5 (Bluefield, Hurricane, Cabell Midland) before they hit the road for Weeks 6, 7, and 8 (George Washington, Parkersburg, Capital). Week 9 is the team’s Bye Week, that’ll be October 20th. Week 10 the’ll host Senior Night against the Huntington Highlanders. They close the season on the road against South Charleston in Week 11.