CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Herbert Hoover and Lewis County expect a much different game than the meeting between the two schools last season.
Lewis County went on the road and earned an easy 48-7 victory over the Huskies last year on its way to its best season in program history, enjoying its first nine-win season and first playoff victory.
Both teams, however, are much different then their 2012 incarnations, and Hoover returns the trip to play the Minutemen at Lewis County at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Lewis County finished last year 9-3 and won a first-round playoff game over University before bowing out in the quarterfinals to George Washington. The Huskies went just 1-9.
"Last year we were a veteran team with mostly seniors and they were mostly young and had lost their starting quarterback (Brenden Holbrook) to an injury a few weeks prior," Lewis County Coach Eddie Vincent said.
"It was a tough night for them but I saw a talented team and I knew they would get better," he added. "They are much improved. We lost a lot of the older guys playing and only have about four starters back."
Meanwhile, Hoover returns most of its players from last season and Huskies Coach Tim Meyer feels his team is much more prepared this time around.
"We feel like we have made a lot of progress since last year," Meyer said. "The kids have responded well and we are making sure the kids are ready to play. It's a heck of a challenge, but they have stepped up and are getting geared up."