It didn't take long for Alderson-Broaddus to get the hang of this football thing. In fact, eight weeks ago the Battlers were only worried about getting their jerseys in on time.
Wouldn't you know, with four games remaining, Head Coach Denny Creehan already has the ship sailing in the right direction.
Let's rewind to nearly two months ago. Players and coaches at A-B were just hoping to be competitive this year. As we look towards week eight, the Battlers are an astounding 7-0; undefeated.
Coach Creehan is quick to hand out praise, but is also realistic about the way things have turned out so far.
"We've been playing against JV squads," CoCH Creehan said. "It's hard to really know how good we are. We've won seven games in a row. Our kids have executed very well most of the time. Are we ready to play a varsity game yet? Probably not. We still have a ways to go. We're getting better all the time and these are valuable lessons these kids are learning."
The Battlers have been impressive on both sides of the ball. Putting up nearly 50 points per game, while only surrendering almost seven points per contest. The fact that they're only playing JV teams has a lot to do with it, but this team is mostly freshman with a few junior college transfers mixed in. Which ever way you spin it, this young group of Battlers is finding a way to get the job done.
"Defensively, I'm most impressed with our defensive line. I think that's been the most impressive part of our entire football team, the way those guys have played," Coach Creehan said.
The all-new Performance Stadium in Philippi is entering its final phase of construction, which has forced A-B to play all road games this season. After this year is in the books, Coach Creehan is almost certain about one thing.
"One thing we'll know how to do next year is be road warriors," Coach Creehan said with a laugh. "We should not be intimidated by going on the road because that's all we're doing this year. But it'd be really nice to play a home game. That'll be really fun to do that so I can't wait."