Coming off 11-win season, Gilmer rebuilds under Thomas Cogar

GLENVILLE, W.Va. (WDTV) - Last season, Gilmer County had their best season in program history. Eleven wins, one loss, and their first playoff victory.

But, a lot has changed. The Titans will lean on just three seniors to lead this team as they hope to carry last year's momentum into this fall.

It's going to be challenging for Gilmer County to match or exceed what they accomplished last season. But, new head coach Thomas Cogar hopes that what happened last year can help this year's squad.

"The expectations this year, we're going try to build off the success we had last year. We had a great season last year. It was our first undefeated season, our first playoff victory. This year we're going to try to keep that momentum moving forward," said Cogar.

The Titans will only have three seniors this season -- receivers, Hunter Self and Gunnar Haley and lineman Jordan Brown. These three will be asked to lead this team and be big-time players on the field.

"We just take it one day at a time," said Brown. "We encourage everyone to do their best. We encourage them a lot. Everyone stepped up. I mean we have 14, 15 guys so we'll all have to fill in and do our best."

Haley, last season, amassed 689 yards and nine touchdowns, while Self chipped in with 609 yards and seven touchdowns. Both are ready to lead and feel they can surprise some people.

"We just have to take control. We had a bunch of guys last year that we learned a lot from. They were great leaders all of them. We just got to do what they did," said Haley. "I don't really have any goals. I just want to win. I hate losing."

"We're looking to really come out and shock some people. Last year we had a really good season, but we lost eight out of eleven starters being seniors last year, but we're going to come up and shock some people this year and really come out and do some good things," said Self.

"I hope we have a winning season. I've played on this team for the last three years, I know what it feels like to have a losing season (and) a winning season," said Brown. "I just hope we can finish off my last year with a winning season."