MONETA, Va. (WDBJ) Staunton River soared to new heights last season, as the Golden Eagles made it all the way to the state championship game for the first time in school history. There, they fell in a heart breaker to the cinderella Blacksburg Bruins. But even in defeat, the Eagles say they took away an experience that will only help them moving forward.
"Obviously, it's a tremendous experience to get to that point," said Staunton River Head Coach, Chuck Poston. "Obviously, we didn't come out the way we wanted to, but there's so much that we can draw from the success that we had last year, and carry that momentum and enthusiasm over to this season."
Senior Lineman, Joe Haner, says the team hasn't forgotten what the defeat felt like.
"It definitely motivated everybody," said Haner. "We have posters up in the weightroom of Blacksburg's rings and stuff. It makes us all push each other harder to try to win some football games."
Staunton River's three-headed monster of a running attack will return this fall, as Grayson Overstreet, Kalip Jones, and TJ Tester are all now seniors. And the entire team is ready to follow their lead.
"We have to learn how to finish," said Tester. "We have to learn how to stay humble and stay focused on what we need to do. We know what it's like, you know, we've been there before. We're a good football team, we're good teammates, we're family. We've been playing together for a long time."