Lincoln County looks for fresh start in 2014
WEST HAMLIN, W.Va. -- For Chaz Wiley, memories of the 2013 football season are about as popular as a porcupine in a petting zoo.
The Lincoln County High School senior tailback saw his quest for a 1,000-yard season end because of a back injury in the sixth game of the season, a season in which the Panthers finished 0-10.
Welcome to 2014.
Wiley (5-foot-9, 160 pounds) expects this season to be a vast improvement.
"We'll win," he said, placing team goals ahead of personal quests. "My job pretty much is to get us first downs. I'd like to run for 1,000 yards, but I want us to win."
Wiley, who rushed for 600 yards last season, said his back is fine. He didn't need surgery, but still was too injured to play in last season's final month.
"Just wear and tear," Wiley said of what caused the injury. "Just taking shots. Now, I feel pretty good."
He also feels good about the Panthers, who were enthused Friday during media day activities.
"We have a lot of new kids," Wiley said. "They're showing a lot of heart. I believe we'll be a whole different team this year."
Lincoln County second-year coach Derek Christian said Wiley is a key weapon in the Panthers' attack.
"Chaz is our fastest guy," Wiley said. "We'll try to put the ball in his hands as much as we can. He's a good receiver, too, so we want him to touch the ball 20 times or more a game."
Wiley is the lone senior in a backfield of sophomores. Wiley said he worked hard during the summer, although he took a few breaks to go fishing.
"I love fishing, even if I'm not catching fish," Wiley said. "But it's more fun to catch fish."
Wiley also loves football, even if Lincoln County isn't winning, but winning is more fun.