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PREVIEW: River View hopes to take next step


BRADSHAW (WVVA) - River View High School has made the playoffs in every year of its young existence. Now they hope to follow a new head coach to the next plateau – a state title.

"They've had a great attitude, they've worked really hard," said coach Gehrig Justice, who had previously served as an assistant.  "We've got about 50 kids. I've been more than pleased with their excitement."

The River View football program has only been around for three years, but by making the playoffs each of those seasons, they've already made a lasting impression in the state.

When the team hits the field for the 2013 campaign, fans won't see much difference from last year's playoff squad.  The one glaring change will be on the sideline, where Justice replaces Mitch Estep – who stepped down this summer after roaming sidelines in McDowell County for decades.

Though the change was quick, the players are hopeful that the transition may be one to send them into a title game.

"He's a really good coach and I enjoy it a lot," said fullback Gregory Marshall.

"He just kind of stepped in and we all just combined really comfortably," added quarterback Ryan Blankenship.

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