That phenomenon is not limited to just football in Bridgeport, however. Children get involved with specific sports at an early age and learn what it takes to be an Indian when they reach high school.
"The main thing that I think symbolizes Bridgeport High School as a whole is that we are community based. That somewhat encompasses everything from academics to athletics," Nicewarner, who started as a player at Bridgeport before serving as an assistant coach and eventually the head coach, said.
The girls program was highlighted by the state championships in soccer and basketball.
Marshall said the drop to Class AA helped his team get back in position to win a state title. The Indians reached the 2012 Class AAA state championship game but lost to Greenbrier East.
"That obviously had a tremendous effect," Marshall said. "Truthfully, last year's team was much more experienced and well rounded. There's been a lot of dedication in the offseason with these girls and we had a group of parents that came through and really helped get this thing off the ground. This group picked up that ball."
Frankfort finished third in the GEISA Class AA standings behind the Bridgeport and Fairmont Senior, with Ritchie County taking fourth and Bluefield rounding out the top five.
For winning, Bridgeport will get the traveling GEISA trophy to keep for a year and will receive a plaque that stays at the school.
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