August 20, 2013 Big turnaround for Wagener-Salley, and a big rebuilding project is almost complete for head coach Ken Tucker and the War Eagles.
Finally, there's some buzz around the Wagener-Salley football team. People in town are talking and throwing their support toward the War Eagles.
From two wins to eight wins in a single season, it couldn't have been accomplished without a special class of incoming seniors.
Though, it's easy to be optimistic with pure athletes flowing through the program. UNC-Charlotte commit RJ Tyler is just the headliner of a talent-rich offense.
After their surprising 8-3 playoff campaign, Tyler and the crew know they can prove even more.
"Teams think they're going to come out and run over Wagener Salley because of past years going 2-8. Last year, we went 8-3, so we want to come out and show people that it wasn't a fluke," Tyler said.
"They stuck around us when a lot of people probably wouldn't have. They really bought in to what we were trying to accomplish here. Things have kind of grown with them," coach Tucker said.
The War Eagles can put up some points. With the core skill players returning, that shouldn't change in 2013.
Their biggest concern is getting past Blackville-Hilda. Last season, the War Eagles lost twice to the Fighting Hawks including a three-point postseason defeat.