CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Winfield's struggle to compete in football since joining Class AAA in 2008 may be left in the past with second-year Coach Craig Snyder's emphasis on an improved work ethic.
"Our best record since we moved up to Class AAA was 4-6, yet we've remained to stay mathematically alive for the postseason," Snyder said Tuesday, as Winfield enters the midpoint of the three-week out-of-season coaching period.
The Generals head into the 2013 season with their first schedule ever made by the Mountain State Athletic Conference. Although they had 10 Class AAA teams in last year's schedule, Snyder says this year will be their toughest yet in terms of their schedule.
"We lost multiple players to injury, and in general we lost some seniors on the line. Three of our returning offensive linemen will also play defense and the younger ones will have to rebuild," Snyder said.
Although with smaller-than-average offensive and defensive lines, Snyder hopes to give the MSAC a surprise in the fall.
"We aren't going to be the bigger team. We lack numbers, and in size we won't intimidate," he said. "Therefore, in these summer weeks we are going to improve strength and conditioning to stay in shape. The only way we will get around big teams is speed and endurance.
"Defensively, we've got to be fast. We mentally weren't in games last season and lacked aggression. If we can be stronger and move better, our offense will answer itself."
Winfield senior quarterback Toby Show and senior wide receiver Chris Turner will be the key offensive elements in the equation to Snyder's quest for a winning season.