Getting more players out for the team has certainly helped over the years as Hopkins indicated at times, the Greyhounds had as low as 18 on the team, but recently, have been back up in the 40s.
While he hasn't discussed a possibly perfect regular season with the players, he has heard them talk amongst themselves about achieving the feat.
"These kids have had goals in their heads, and I've heard a couple mentions," Hopkins said. "Their objective is more than that but it would be a plus."
The Valley community is firmly behind this year's Greyhound team, enjoying the best team ever to date, at least record wise.
"I have people speaking to me that haven't in a while," Hopkins said. "We are having really good crowds. It is catching on. I just do what I am supposed to do and hope things work out. This year it has."
Being ranked third in the state has drawn up some more statewide attention that Valley isn't used to, especially with the school's location.
"We are on an island," Hopkins said. "We are right in the middle of Beckley and Charleston. This season has brought more attention to Valley. Winning kind of does that to a team."
The Greyhounds possess three of the top leaders in all of Class A, at each of the skilled positions, led by running back Keyshawn Payne.
Payne, a 5-foot-8, 178-pound senior, has rushed for 995 yards and 12 touchdowns on 103 carries. Quarterback Raeshawn Breckenridge, a former George Washington Patriots backup, has thrown for 743 yards.