CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- On Sept. 6, Wyoming East High School's football stands will be overflowing with fans from both sides of Wyoming County. They'll all be gathered to see this year's battle for the Golden Shovel, the trophy that goes to the winner of the Wyoming East-Westside game.
"Winning is the most important thing, so beating your in-county rival makes it that much more important," said Wyoming East running back Jacob Summe.
It has been five years since Wyoming East has beaten Westside in football, and Westside quarterback Justin Cogar believes this year will be another Westside win.
"I'm extremely confident that our team can pull off the sixth win in a row," he said. "We worked hard in the off-season to prepare ourselves, and I know we'll be ready for Wyoming East."
Last year's Golden Shovel game almost turned into a loss for Westside. In the fourth quarter, the Wyoming East Warriors came back to put the final score at 22 for Westside and 20 for Wyoming East.
Summe said, "We just made too many mistakes in the beginning. We really picked it up in the fourth quarter, but it was just a little too late."
When asked if he was nervous when Wyoming East's score kept rising during that quarter, Cogar said, "Not at all. We knew they were going to give us their best shot, and our coaches prepared us well. We stayed composed even when it got close, and that was the difference in the game."
Westside is looking at some new changes this year with a new coach and principal. The new head coach is Larry Cook.