When you've put together the kind of season the Huskies have this year, it's sort of hard to be humble.
Perhaps with the Wyoming East loss as motivation, Hoover ripped off 16 straight victories to begin the year, not being saddled with its first loss until exactly one month into the season.
However, in a span of two weeks after that blazing start, the Huskies lost three times - two of them blowouts - 12-4 to Cardinal Conference rival Poca, 7-6 to Point Pleasant and 13-3 to Ripley.
Those defeats, in retrospect, may have given the Huskies new energy and wiped out any feelings of complacency. Young said the losses may have taught his team a lesson.
"It did,'' Young said. "They got comfortable and relaxed a little bit. They refocused and especially once they got back into the sectionals, they refocused again. They've done a really nice job of doing what they had to do and came back with a good work ethic the last couple weeks.''
Both Fields and Bird agreed that they learned from those losses.
"We always try to get better at practice,'' Fields said, "and find something to work on every day. But losing those games made us realize that no matter who we play, we can be beat at any given time. So we try to show no mercy when we get on the field. We don't want to get beat.''
"I think the losses were good for us,'' Bird said. "They showed us that we just can't show up and beat any team. The losses show that at any given time, anybody can win. So during practice, we play with a bunch of intensity and try to have a bunch of confidence during games, and play hard to win.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.