Buena Vista, VA-(WFXR) Our next “Friday Night Bitz” Game of the Week features James River and Parry McCluer. Last season — the Fighting Blues lost their first three games before going on to finish with a 7-5 record. The team is off to a similar start in 2019 but Parry McCluer is showing signs of resolve. “We’ve started out pretty slow here, the main thing’s we’ve taken away, we’ve gotta improve our tackling,” said Parry McCluer head coach Mark Wheeler. Mark Wheeler’s been in this situation before. Since taking over the program in 2017, Parry McCluer started each year 0-3. Now the Fighting Blues are looking to avoid repeating that history for the third year in a row. “If we don’t get better at tackling, we’re not going to have a whole lot of success…we do have a young team and we keep trying to tell ourselves that. We got to keep working them and working them but we lost 16 seniors from last year,” said Wheeler. Emerging to fill the void left by the Class of 2019 is senior tight end Holden Kerr — who remains optimistic the blues can turn the season around — despite suffering shut outs in their first two games. “I think a lot of these young guys are coming in here, they look at this game like it’s really complicated so I’ve tried to come in here and get them fired up. If you play this game, you’ve got to get a little excited. If you’re not excited about it, you’re not going to perform the best to your abilities,” said Kerr. Holden’s leadership is among the glimpses of potential coach wheeler sees in his team. “They’re resilient. We’ve taken two good butt whippings and we’re still out here fighting, working hard, we’re not feeling sorry for ourselves and I think that says a lot about our guys, if we can just keep together keep working…In practice, we’ve had some great practices. The thing we need to do is transfer what we learn in practice to Friday night,” said Wheeler.