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High School Football Starts Monday

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) -- Starting bright and early Monday morning, high school athletes all across the Two Virginias take their first official steps in the 2014 season. West Virginia football starts two-a-days Monday - Virginia has been at it since late last week - and soccer, volleyball and golf teams will all get together.

All eyes however are on the football field. We have a handful of teams that have bigger goals than simply making the playoffs. Some have state championship dreams. 

Eight teams made the playoffs in both states last year, only one team won a state title. 

Giles will look to repeat as 2A state champions. They defeated Brunswick by a single point in the 2A title game last season. The Spartans scored late in regulation to force overtime and won the game when Brunswick missed a game-tying extra point.

Richlands and Graham were the other two teams that made playoff runs in 2013. The Blues actually knocked out the G-Men two weeks before Giles beat them in 2A West Regional quarterfinals. Richlands was decimated by injuries in 2013 and return a talented team that will look to build on last season. Graham graduated a ton of talent and lost some other players to other schools.  

Bluefield will be the team to beat in West Virginia this year. Last season, the Beavers lost in the state semi-finals to eventual champion Bridgeport. They return a ton of speed, power and perhaps most importantly, big-game experience. They won't be satisfied with anything less than a state championship. 

Greenbrier West made the deepest run of any southern WV team. They lost in the "A" state championship game to Madonna. The Cavaliers lost some talent to graduation and play a brutal schedule this year - a schedule that includes a trip to Bluefield and a pair of matchups against "A" heavyweights St. Marys and Magnolia - but West's good year in and year out. They'll be tough again this year.

Meadow Bridge, Summers County and Wyoming East were the three other playoff teams from our area, all of which lost in the opening round. Meadow Bridge will look to replace Jake Parker, who led the state in rushing two years in a row. Summers County lost many of their skill players to graduation. Wyoming East also lost a lot in the class of 2014.

The opening week of the season is Friday, August 29. 

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