"This is my 21st year coaching high school football, and this will make my 14th as head coach but my first year as Westside's head coach," he said. "We don't plan on changing a lot."
Both teams are determined to have the Golden Shovel in their showcase, but only one team can have it.
"Westside is the most important game to us at East, and we haven't had the golden shovel at East in a long time. Our senior class has never held the golden shovel," said Summe, who is a senior.
Cogar, a junior, made it clear that Westside is going to work hard in practice to keep the shovel, but said the team doesn't plan to treat the game any differently from others.
"When it comes time for the East game, we'll treat it like every other game and go out and execute our game plan," he said. "This is the game every football player in Wyoming County dreams about. It's always a really fun, yet intense game."
Coach Cook said, "We have a great group of seniors at Westside that has a lot of pride, and they do not want to be the class to give up the shovel after winning it for five straight years.
"We want to win every game, not just this one," he continued. "We have Liberty for week one and will not think about week two until that time, but it is one game that our kids do not need a pep speech."
There is one thing that almost every Westside and Wyoming East fan can agree on, and that is the East and West rivalry is the best in West Virginia.
"I absolutely believe it is the biggest rivalry in the state," Cogar said. "People who aren't from around here don't understand, but it's the craziest atmosphere I've been a part of either in the stands or in the game.""Both teams push harder than ever the week before the game, and it all comes down to who makes less mistakes and who wants it more," Summe said. "And this year, 'W.E.' want it more."