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Bluefield football preview: Proud to be a Beaver

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 Bluefield under head coach Fred Simon normally recognized for being a state contender.  Last year was no different.  They fell in the state semifinals to the eventual state champion Bridgeport. 

"We lost some really good players but you have to move on to the next stage and who you have now, we have some good kids," said Simon.

They also returned some key players in their offense including their quarterback R.J. Bourne, fullback Corey Coppola and running back D.J. Stewart, just to name a few.

Coppola explained, "we have a lot of guys that have been there, guys that have been through it all, and we're mixing them in with guys who haven't seen the varsity level yet and they're ready to step up."

A lot of pride comes with playing Beaver football, many kids in Bluefield grow up hoping to be on the team one day.  Bourne was one of those kids, and he's living his dream.

"When I was little I used to go to the rec center when they won the state championships and meet the players. I looked up to those guys, they're my role models," said the quarterback.

Now, its their time to shine and the first game is never easy, the notorious rivalry match-up against Graham. That game is August 29th at Mitchell Stadium in Bluefield.

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