“Our guys played the most complete game I’ve seen from a JV team since I’ve been here,” said JV head coach Ben Hepler.
The Wildcats defeated Carver Thursday night 35-6 clinching the WPAC championship, and holding on to the conference title for the past five out of six years.
“It started with our defense. Carver struggled to move the ball consistently most of the night and our pressure forced them to make mistakes,” Hepler said.
West added 14 points in the first half.
“Our offense was clicking. We took advantage of some great field positions early and were able to connect on some passes downfield. Our offensive line then wore them down as we went through the second half.”
The coach said the conference is always tough and his team had close games against North Surry on Oct. 8 (13-7) and a much improved South Stokes (22-6) a week earlier.
“I’m excited about the talent we’ll have in this program for the coming years. I’m proud of the way this team has grown together and become a tight unit. We have great leadership and a true brotherhood mentality,” Hepler said.
The coach knows his players will eventually move on to varsity and said it’s vital they continue improving and growing as football players during the JV years.
“It’s important for them to have success so when they’re on varsity they’re use to winning and expect to compete for a championship every year,” the coach said.
Hepler acknowledged the varsity program will have big holes to fill next season after losing key seniors, a number who will likely go on to play at the collegiate level.
“We expect our young guys to step up and continue the high expectations that Coach Upchurch has created just like the current seniors did when they transitioned from JV to varsity.”
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