CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Two years ago, Valley (Fayette) experienced its best football success in program history, winning its first-ever playoff victory.
That special moment might be replaced this Friday.
With a victory on its home turf at Martin Field against Gilmer County (5-4) at 7:30 p.m., No. 3 ranked Valley (9-0) will finish the regular season unbeaten for the first time.
"It would be something that has never happened at Valley," Valley Coach Benny Hopkins said. "We have been close a couple times but never could do it. We have just been taking it week by week."
Hopkins, who is in his 35th season leading the Greyhounds, indicated it would mean a lot to him, but mostly for the program.
"It would mean we had a lot of good players," Hopkins said. "It makes a world of difference. You hate to say too much about yourself. I've been coaching for a long time. It takes a lot more than one person."
Hopkins has been coaching for 41 years total, starting at Montgomery High School in 1972 before taking over at Valley in 1979.
Even if the Greyhounds make history, Hopkins was hesitant when declaring this year's Valley team the best he's had.
"People have asked me that and you would hate to place one team before another," Hopkins said. "We have had some awfully good teams. Some went 9-1 and some even 5-5 but was really good.
"Back in the 70s, we had some good teams but they only took four to the playoffs. The first time we made the playoffs was 1976. The mid 80s, late 90s, and even some of the last few years were good just to name a few."