CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- At the end of last football season, Poca walked out of O.O. White Stadium with a loss to Tolsia.
The defeated Dots had just 21 players on their roster.
Even a third grader knows 21 is less than 22 - the number needed to ensure a football team isn't forced to make players play both sides of the ball.
"We played pretty well most every game," Poca Coach Bob Lemley said. "We were in the games or tied at half time and then we'd wear down in the second half."
One of Lemley's 21 players was tailback T.T. Loudin, a 1,000-yard rusher who isn't dwelling on the successes or failures of 2012.
Loudin is focused on the future.
"I think we are going to surprise some people," The senior runner said. "People may see us as an underdog team, but I don't see us that way at all."
The veteran Lemley, like any seasoned competitor, has his team ready for its next challenge. He's entering his 25th season as coach of the Dots, and his career numbers are staggering.
There are six Class AA state titles displayed at O.O. White Stadium. Four belong to teams coached by Lemley - 1994, 2001, '02 and '03 - not to mention the numerous playoff appearances since 1990.
"If I had any sense I would have rode off into the sunset after 2003," Lemley joked.
But the legacy Lemley wants to leave isn't one tied to numbers.
"I want people to remember I worked hard," Lemley said. "That I was fair with the kids and I tried to make them as good of a person and athlete as they can be."
That message comes across loud and clear with his senior class this year.