Leaders are tough to come by. It takes trust, respect and performance for everyone in that locker room to depend on that one guy. David Lipscomb is that guy for the Doddridge County Bulldogs.
"I like the way that everybody is together," Doddridge County senior quarterback David Lipscomb said. "Everyone is all about the team. All all about 'us' and 'we' as a team. The offensive line talks to the backs, so they can figure out what's the best situation for each running play. It's the same way. If the running back see's something that the offensive line can change, then we talk through it and we figure it out. I figure that that's a big difference from last year."
The Bulldogs are off and running here in 2013 with an undefeated 3-0 record. Doddridge began last year the same exact way. But a 30 point loss at Wirt County sent the train off the tracks. The program finished 3-3 after that. But this year the Bulldogs feature a stingy defense, which they hope to ride all the way into the playoffs.
"The defense this year has just been opportunistic. They've been scoring and they've been playing hard. The attitude of the team is very good. They come together through adversity. They're not critical of each other and they're working hard," Bulldogs Head Football Coach Bobby Burnside said.
Lipscomb is in the midst of his third straight season as the starting quarterback for Doddridge County. Now in his senior season, he says he has seen it all on the field.
"Through three years, you definitely get to see different coverages and different things. Especially when you have different guys like Corey Aichele, to Daniel Plaugher to now Wyatt Ford. You see a whole bunch of different looks. So it's definitely an experience," Lipscomb said.
"He doesn't get a lot of opportunities to throw. We run the ball a lot. But he runs well. I think he has run a couple touchdowns in. He has thrown a couple of touchdowns. He just manages the offense well," Burnside replied.
However the offense isn't the only thing he has to manage.
"I got diagnosed with diabetes at the age of four years old. So I've had it for a long time. It's pretty much just second nature. I just go out there and do the best I can as long as I can," Lipscomb said.
Doing his best has led to 3 straight wins, and excitement about what could be in Doddridge County.