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Two-time defending state champ Brookville feels like an underdog

By Karen Loftus, kloftus@wdbj7.com
Published On: Aug 23 2013 06:09:00 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 30 2013 07:36:15 PM EDT
BROOKVILLE, Va. -

The Brookville football team has gone 15 -0 the past two seasons, culminating in back-to-back AA state championships.

But with head coach Jeff Woody leaving the program this off season, and the Bees graduating 28 seniors, it's a completely new-look Brookville team in 2013.


"That's what happens every year. You gotta keep rebuilding and hope these young guys will pick up where the other guys left off from years past,” interim coach Marshall Schmitt said. “It's just a rebuilding year every year, about 50%. We've been doing just about the same thing we've been doing for years and we just trying to get some new players into the system and get better at being consistent."

Senior wide receiver Ben Hogg said: "It's been good. Coach Schmitt definitely has a different style than Coach Woody brought to the table. But he's a motivator and we listen to him and I think he'll do his job. We're pretty confident in stepping up. We got bunch of youngsters stepping into spots that we need to fill losing 28 seniors and all. And we also have some returners coming back with Phil Watts and myself and 4 out of 5 linemen and we have a heck of a line and they're going to do their job."

With quarterback, Kendall BeCraft among those lost to graduation, the Bees will now look to last year's back-up QB, Neal Reynolds, to lead their offense.

He's one of the many new faces to help push this team toward a three-peat. That’s something the Bees think is an achievable goal.

And while Brookville should be the team everyone's gunning for as the two-time defending state champs, they feel like they're actually looked at as the underdog this season.

"I think we've still got a target on our backs being two-time state champs but we're being sold as the underdogs and I think we're kind of embracing that and taking that on as a challenge because we got a lot of motivated guys out here,” Hogg said. “We feel like we've got something to prove and it definitely pushes us in practice. The goal is always to raise that gold trophy at that end of the season, win states. But like coach said we're going to take it a game at a time and starting with Gretna August 30th."