Spring Valley focused on improving as a team
SPRING VALLEY - With a 7-0 record and a No. 1 rating in West Virginia’s Class AAA, it would be easy for Spring Valley High School football coach Brad Dingess to be content with his team’s performance.
While Dingess is happy with his team’s progress to this point, he also knows there is plenty of room to improve as the team gets set for Friday’s matchup with St. Albans.
Simply put, Dingess wants his ’Wolves to be hungry to improve, which means every player on the team getting better each week.
“We don’t want to take a step back going into our bye week,” Dingess said. “We want to continue to gain and stay focused, and that means coming out ready to play because - records aside - in this conference, anything can happen.”
Last week, Spring Valley jumped out to a 42-0 lead early in the second quarter on Riverside before cruising to a 42-21 win over the Warriors, who did not have positive yardage until the fourth quarter against the Timberwolves’ younger crop of players.
Dingess said getting younger players some game experience goes a long way toward the future of the program.
Especially with Spring Valley’s roster featuring 106 players and Dingess fielding four teams - one varsity team, two junior varsity teams and one freshman team - those repetitions are invaluable.
“It got our young kids some good varsity playing time, too, so that was good,” Dingess said. “Our second unit played a quarter and a half and our freshmen even got in there in the fourth.”
This week, the Timberwolves’ opponent is St. Albans that is 1-5 and has been outscored, 275-13, in five games against Class AAA competition. That includes a 43-0 loss to the very Riverside team that Spring Valley jumped out on one week ago.
Friday’s game is also Homecoming for the Timberwolves, who moved their original date from last week to accommodate Marshall’s home game against Middle Tennessee.
With distractions a possibility, Dingess said he wants everyone’s focus -- all 106 players.
That is easier said than dones, but Dingess said it is crucial for the team to keep its momentum heading into the bye week before it finishes the regular season with a pair of powers in Class AA Point Pleasant and rival Huntington High.
“You want to treat every kid the same and make sure that every kid gets reps in practice and no one is standing around,” he said. “When you get to the end of the year, you want to make sure that every player is a better football player than what they were at the beginning.
“We’re worrying about us. We want to get better every week.”
St. Albans (1-5) at Spring Valley (7-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday
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