CHARMCO - The Greenbrier West High School football team is headed to the state championship this weekend and locals are gearing up for the game.
"You can just see the excitement in their eyes and they're just rooting for West," explained Lawrence Boomquist of Rainelle. "There's a fever around for sure."
Head Coach Lewis McClung said that "fever" is bringing the community together to root for the underdog. The Cavaliers lost their only championship game back in 1991. "It's been a long time since the school has been there so it's really something for the school and the community to hang their hats on," he said.
Tailback and defensive end player Corey Cox, a senior, said he appreciates the community's support throughout the season. "We know if we're ever down or we feel like giving up - which isn't the case here - but all we've got to do is look at them and see them cheering us on."
But admidst all of the excitement, the players still have a job to do. "We're excited to get there but we don't want to just get there - we want to win a championship," explained McClung.
Cox said the game will be a culmination of his dreams since he was a boy of playing in a champsionship game.
Regardless of the outcome, locals believe it is going to be a game for the community to remember. The game is this Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Wheeling Island Stadium.