"Potential is awful scary though, too," Morgantown Head Football Coach John Bowers said. "We've got a tremendous amount of potential and there's some talent on this football team. But potential has never won a game."
Potentially, Morgantown could have the best team in the state. Mohigan linemen Amanii Brown and Stone Wolfley have already committed to play their college football at West Virginia University. Then there's senior running back Chazzy Thomas…
The end zone has become a familiar place for the Morgantown offense, especially for senior tailback Chazzy Thomas. As a junior last year, Thomas ran for 20 touchdowns before his season was cut short due to an ankle injury suffered against rival University. But he's healthy this year, and said he's ready to carry the Mohigans all the way to Wheeling.
"I hope we can take it farther past the semifinals this year and make it to the state championship, and hopefully win a ring," Mohigans senior tailback Chazzy Thomas said. "We've got big expectations on our line, too."
In order for Thomas to carry his end of the bargain, Morgantown's fate will rest on the big guys up front.
"Our line is looking good," Morgantown junior lineman Stone Wolfley said. "Chazzy is back to 100 percent, so we're blessed for that. We're just really excited for the season."
"I expect at least 2,000 yards this year. He's a great running back and I think he can do it," Mohigans senior lineman Amanii Brown said. "As long as the offensive lineman up front can block, then I think he should get there."
Pony Lewis Field received an upgrade this summer as well, with the addition of new locker rooms and athletic training facilities.
"It's nicer than the other place, that's for sure. The county, along with some private donors rallied together and gave the kids a facility that they can be proud of, and the kids deserve it," Bowers said.
"They're so much a part of us; so much money. They help us with all of our practice jerseys and practice pants. So they're a big part of this team," Thomas said.
At the end of the day, football in Morgantown will continue to set the bar for the rest of the mountain state.
"We want to qualify for the state playoffs, win our conference championship, practice on Thanksgiving Day and compete for a state title. That's never going to change. We hold the bar high and we hold the kids accountable. We're looking for a big season," Bowers said.