Tygarts Valley High's football coach, Joseph Arbogast, is working hard to improve on last year's results.
"Last year we were a new staff and tried to establish our principles," Arbogast said. "It takes awhile for kids to get used to new coaching. Though we have a young team after graduation, the staff is going to stick to teaching our ideas and the traditions we believe in.
"For example, we had very little weight room work last year," Arbogast added. "We have a much better turnout this year. The team has been lifting since November and they are excited and responding well to the coaches."
Both Hunter Parks and Owen Arbogast, center, will be taking snaps at quarterback this year. (The Inter-Mountain file photo)
Offensively, both Hunter Parks and Owen Arbogast will be taking snaps at quarterback this year.
They will be handing off a lot to tailback P.J. Lanham, described by Arbogast as a "young, mature leader for us." Lanham rushed for more than 700 yards as a freshman for Tygarts Valley last year.
Last year, the Bulldog's defense was very young; however, Arbogast is excited as TVHS returns all but one of 2012's defensive unit.
Highlighting that unit will be defensive end Donnie Lambert.
"His dedication is phenomenal and you'll see it on the field this season," Arbogast said.
Overall, youth is the coaching staff's largest concern right now.
"We have a lot of kids that we'll need to step into some spots for us," Arbogast said. "We look for Ronnie Nichols to contribute for us on both sides of the ball as a freshman. We need Jerrod Taylor to contribute as an offensive lineman. Jay Stanley is another young player we're counting on."
With this just being the second day of summer practices, the coaches are still figuring out what positions are best for many of the players. After that, the mission is, "whatever offense we implement, we want to run it to perfection," Arbogast said. "The most exciting thing about this team is their attitude. They're listening, working hard and really stepping up."