Mays said there are multiple benefits to playing games at the high school.
"Just being able to know on a Friday night you don't have to pack things," he said. "One year we played Morgantown in the playoffs (at University of Charleston Stadium) and Tyler Harris forgot his jersey and didn't realize it until 6:30 when we were getting ready to go out on the field.
"His dad was able to get it, but if we were playing at the high school, it would be right there.
"Our walkthrough in the past has been, 'Offense, go, go, go.' 'Defense, go.' Special teams, go.' We do all that in 30 minutes. Now we can slow down a teach."
Mays was named head coach after the resignation of John Messinger, who helped guide the Black Eagles to Class AAA state titles in 2008 and 2009. In 2010, the Black Eagles forfeited a win against Brooke in the semifinals and missed the playoffs the last two seasons.
Mays, the architect of those offenses, stood outside Chili's restaurant within sight of Kyle Field with dreams of what South Charleston can accomplish within a couple hundred feet of the high school.
"I've been up at the stadium working on it in the evening and gotten a lot of good comments about it," he said. "I got some excellent ideas to make our stadium look better."
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