Countdown to Kickoff (Spring Valley): T-Wolves want a bit more in 2017
Prior to last year Spring Valley had only won one home playoff game in school history. But the Timberwolves kicked in the door in 2016 making it all the way to Wheeling.
"We played really well together and that's the only way we could do it," said Jacob Cassidy. "We played well together and were the best we could be."
"Best team in SV history," said Owen Porter. "All the way to the championship. No one else made it past the second round. We were very close to those guys. Since D team. So it was a very special moment for us.
The Timberwolves didn't play their best game against Martinsburg in the Class AAA Championship but not long after the final horn sounded it didn't take long to begin thinking about this year.
"When we got on the bus, as we pulled out," said head coach Brad Dingess. "It wasn't 5, 10 minutes down the road when we started talking about this year."
Spring Valley wants to return to Wheeling and considering the talent they have back they have to like their chances. Brad Dingess has three D-I players on the roster. That's a good place to start. No doubt the Timberwolves chances are legit.
"We worked really hard in that weight room," said Cassidy. "Everyone is playing with a chip on their shoulder like we have something to prove."
How is it knowing everyone is gunning for you? I mean, they were already gunning for you but now they're REALLY gunning for you.
"They better bring their "A" game because we are too," said Porter
The Timberwolves have lots of returning talent to make a run. And keep in mind that their postseason run gave many of the younger players a lot of extra practice time that could prove invaluable this year and beyond.
"It was huge," said Dingess. "It was like a bowl game. We can tell a huge difference in our kids now. We're so much farther ahead scheme-wise this year than last year. Just because of that extra month of practice."
Spring Valley has a week one bye and will open up at Huntington in week two.