William Campbell had an interesting season in 2011. The Generals were just 3-7 in the regular season but they still qualified for the playoffs.
Given the extra games they and actually won two contests before falling in the state quarterfinals.
"Patrick Lockett, our quarterback, he's a sophomore and he got twelve extra practices because we played three extra games," head coach Greg Mullins said. "We saw some kids really mature during that time."
The Generals are trying to break a string of three straight losing seasons.
"[The playoff run] showed that we can come together as a team and have leaders step up," added senior receiver and cornerback Malik Slayton. "Showed that we are really strong and can bring William Campbell tradition back."
The squad brings back nine starters on defense and five on offense. Coach Mullins says he is still looking for more leadership from the players, especially the seniors.
"We've been playing together since we was in middle school," said Slayton. "We've got great chemistry together and just ready to play. Want to fight and win a state title."
Before they get to the Dogwood District portion of the schedule, the Generals will open with Rustburg. After renewing that rivalry with a loss at the Devils' home in 2011, William Campbell will host the game this year.
"Last year was the first time we had played in ten or twelve years. Big crowd, we didn't play our best," Mullins said. "Going to be a big crowd there in Naruna. We want to go out and have a good one for our school, our community, our families."