WILLIAMSTOWN W.Va, (WTAP)- Red gold and white. A bee hive community all rallying around its school.
“If you look what we've had in our fall season, its been outstanding. Our soccer teams were sectional champions, our girls cross country team was state champions, volleyball made it to the state semi-finals,” says Williamstown principal Jason Ward.
Williamstown football is returning to the State Championship Saturday, a decade after it won it for the first time in school history.
“For these seniors, with me I think it’s a really good opportunity we haven't been a part of this is the four years that we've been here so I think it will be interesting,” explains senior player Carter Haynes.
“These guys have put a ton of work in and I don't think they are satisfied I think that they want to finish with a W and finish with a state championship,” coach Terry Smith explains.
They say while they're excited, this is just the Williamstown way. And they won't be happy until they get a win.
“We want to get there but we want to win a state championship. We don't want to just drive to Wheeling and get our picture taken and things of that nature, we know it’s a tall task,” says Smith.
“A lot of times society thinks you should get something just because you show up just because you show up and we do a great job of teaching them if you want to be successful you have to put the hard work in,” explains Ward.
“This tradition at Williamstown High School is a really good thing to be a part of. I'm really thankful that I was grown up in this town. And that I have a part in this,” says Haynes.
They say they couldn't have made it this far without the backing from the community.
“Community is a really big part of that also every home game a lot of fans come out, cheer us on, you can hear them screaming and everything,” Haynes explains.
“It puts a lot of pride on your shoulders. It makes you feel happy to have the community behind you,” says senior Ryan Brown.
Not to mention the team on the sidelines.
“They're a big part of what we do, them and the fans it means a lot whenever they show up and they do what they do for us to try to get a win,” notes Haynes.
“They come out and support us every week, they're behind us every single day every week, They cheer us up when we're down,” says Brown.
The cheerleaders will cheer on the boys Saturday, all while preparing for their own state competition the following week.
“I think all of us enjoy football games but at the actual competition it’s pretty intense,” says cheer captain Ireland Willhide.
“We do a cheer before we actually do the routine so in that part you see the mechanics of cheerleading and you see thee jumps and stuff too…We do stunting, we do a dance and then we tumble throughout too,” she continues.
But Principal Ward sums it up best.
“The passion here at Williamstown is just second to none anywhere else in the state.”