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Beckley Football preview: Back with a chip on their shoulder

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The countdown to Friday night lights has begun and at Van Meter stadium the Flying Eagles have been anxiously awaiting football season.

"I love it, you got to love it, you've been in the weight room for seven months and you're just ready to hit somebody.  I'm ready  to hit somebody besides my teammates," said offensive tackle and senior Ben Jackson.

The 2013 squad fell short of the playoffs and and with most of that team returning they are hungrier than ever.

"We went to playoffs two years in  a row and we slipped last year so we've kind of had a chip on our shoulder, the good news is, we've got about everybody back," said a confident head coach John H. Lilly.

Among those returning this year is quarterback Brent Osborne as well as a strong senior class.

Senior wide receiver Josh Creed explained, "We're a band of brothers type thing, you know, that's our motto, and it's team effort, there's no "I" this year.

Beckley football is full or tradition, part of the tradition is Coach Lilly, who's been with the Flying Eagles for 14 years.  

He's coached many athletes, including NFL center Doug Legursky, who now plays for the Buffalo Bills.  But, to the players he's more than just a great coach, he's a friend.

"He's been kind of like a father to me, he invites every single person over to have meals with his family," said Jackson.

Creed added, "it's a blessing, I would never go anywhere else and be coached by anyone else besides Coach Lilly."

Another year means another season, another season means more history, and they will write their own story as Beckley Football begins again.
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