After 70 years playing home games at Potomac State College the Keyser football team finally has a field to call its own.
“It's going to be the first year where we actually have our own home field,” says senior offensive lineman Les Mallow. “We won't have to travel on a bus to a home game. It's an amazing field."
"It's exciting, we've been waiting for this since we were freshmen,” says senior guard and linebacker Logan DelSignore. “It's going to be history-making in the first year up there."
Keyser put together a perfect 10-0 season in 2008 before being upset by Magnolia in the second round of the state playoffs.
"It was a disappointment,” says DelSignore. “That's definitely the truth. I think it motivated us, this winter in the weight room and this summer, we worked harder than I can ever remember us working. I think it brought those of us that are left closer together as a team."
"I think it's motivated our kids a lot this year,” says Keyser head coach Sean Biser. “There's unfinished business on the table. It was right there at our fingertips, we had a couple of bad things happen, and it just cost us.”
"It's motivated us a lot,” says senior runningback Jarell Ross. “We really want to show people we can be the same team we were last year."
Repeating the success of 2008 will be a challenge as the Tornado must replace eight players who moved on to play college football this year, including four division one athletes. Among those who left: linebacker Taige Redman who received a scholarship to West Virginia University, and runningbacks Matt Wilmer and Jeremy Green who combined for about 3,500 yards and 35 touchdowns in 2008.
"Wait we lost someone?” jokes DelSignore. “I'm just kidding. We definitely love those guys and we're going to miss them, but we feel confident that all of our underclassmen and the people in the senior class are going to be just as talented and athletic and we're going to fill the gaps."
Les mallow: "We've always had that kind of talent in the underclassmen,” says Mallow. “Hopefully they'll come up this year and strive and get those starting positions."
Biser: "That might be a once in a career type thing,” says Biser of his 2008 squad. “You just take those kids you have coming back and you work with those kids and make them the best they can be. You fill in and find what their talents are and that's what you go with."
Keyser will have to wait to open the new stadium, as the first three games are on the road, opening at