The Pointers are stacked with senior leadership this year, a weapon they hope will turn into more wins as the season churns on.
“We have 13 seniors on this team with six of them going both ways,” Pointers coach L.C. Briggs said. “They are focused and determined to make this the year we make it back into the playoffs. Every year I have two goals: win the District and advance into the playoffs. We haven’t done that for the past few seasons. This is the year we get back on the winning track.”
Lopear Burrell will start as quarterback and he will be tailed by Jared Lawson, Noah Lawson and Lawrence Porter in the back field. The four running options will give defenders plenty to think about before the snap.
Marshall Gill will lead the offensive line, making the Pointers offense a hard one to stop.
“Our offense will be the strength of our team,” the coach said. “Since we have so many players going both ways, I need to slow us down so we can get some rest on offense. I did that last year by running the ball, but I am afraid this year we will be so explosive that we will be scoring in a few plays.
“Our offense will go thru Lopear,” Briggs said. “Last year, we really didn’t have a quarterback, but he stepped up in the Charles City game and if he can make the right decisions and execute our plays, we will be tough to beat.”
West Point native and University of Richmond star Aaron Roane will call the defense from the sidelines. Briggs said he thinks the linebacker corps — the position Roane played in college — will make a difference on defense. Jared Lawson, Noah Lawson, Lawrence Porter and Tyler Clair make up the linebacking front.
“Aaron has done an outstanding job of getting the linebackers to fly all around the field and bring it every day,” Briggs said. “This is the first time since I have been here that there has been really hard-hitting at practice. I can’t wait to see them in the game.”
Two years ago, West Point didn’t win a game. Last year, the squad went 4-6.
This upcoming football season is one Briggs and the Pointers hope leads to a playoff berth.
“This is our year. We have experience in all the right places,” Briggs said. “If we can stay healthy, this could be a year they will talk about in West Point for a long time. We know what we have to do, now we need to do it.”
West Point football
Sept. 8: Rappahannock, 7 p.m. at West Point High.
Sept. 15: Chincoteaque, 7 p.m. at West Point High.
Sept. 22: at Northampton, 7 p.m. at Northampton High.
Sept. 29: Colonial Beach, 6 p.m. at West Point High.