There may not be a more highly anticipated debut in central Virginia than the one Jeff Woody and Monticello makes Friday when the Mustangs host George Wythe.
Not only is it our Friday Night Endzone "Game of the Week", it's also the Monticello debut for one of the most successful high school coaches in the Commonwealth in recent years.
Woody comes to the area from Brookville, where he recently led the Bees to back-to-back 14-0 seasons, and Division III state titles.
Woody and his coaching staff have spent the last few months preparing to lead the Mustangs to that level and everyone in the Mustang community is eager to see the results.
"No one has seen us play so everyone's anxious," senior Josh Malm explained. "So we have to go out there and show them what we can do then throughout the season we've got to keep everything going."
"Also there is some nerves, there's some anxiety, hoping that we put the good foot forward, a good show," Woody added. "An exciting game to watch will bring more and more people out as the season progresses."
From practices, to scrimmages and benefit games, Woody says his Mustangs have progressed nicely heading into the season.
"The chemistry is in a good place right now between the coaches, players and everybody," Woody said. "I know the community is excited about it, the school building is on the edge of their seats."
"We're just real excited about this," senior Sean Means added. "First game, first time under the lights, last first game for us seniors. We're just getting excited, hyped, and hopefully win this."
The Mustangs pasted Wythe, 51-12, last season, and a win Friday to open the season would get Woody and his team on the right path.
"It sets the tone," Woody explained. "And it not only sets the tone for our kids, and for our practices, but it sets the tone for our kids and that building and can be a positive atmosphere within the student body."
"I think we'll be able to show everybody what we've got but it will definitely help keep us going throughout the season," Malm added. "It's an out-of-district game but that doesn't matter. It's still a game. We've got to get things done."