VINTON, Va. (WFXR) — William Byrd hasn’t won a game since the spring of 2021. But while going winless in the fall might be something to forget, the Terriers are embracing their experience with struggle, hoping it’ll pay off this year.

“I feel like we have a lot of potential this year,” senior linebacker Dustin Richards said. “Yes, everybody wants to go to the state championships. This year we’re just taking it one game at a time.”

The Terriers aren’t looking too far ahead this season. But while some might think the past might be forgettable, they’re looking back at what they’ve gained from an 0-9 campaign last fall.

“Life is about experience and we put a young team out there. We started ten freshmen and sophomores combined and they grew up quick,” head coach Brad Lutz said.

Lutz, who is entering his fourth season at the helm at William Byrd, believes his team will breakthrough in 2022.

“That experience is going to pay off this year. There’s nothing more valuable than that. Size and strength and speed is important in this sport, there’s no doubt but experience is something that we gained last year that is going to be critical in our progression this year,” Lutz said. “Maybe the most normal season we’ve had since I’ve been here and just excited about getting back on the field.”

And the players have been putting in the work since last season ended, long before summer practices began last week.

“We had a rough season last year, not a lot of seniors,” Richards said. “This year, we’re working harder. Bunch of guys showing up to workouts during the week. 7:30 workouts averaging 60 kids a day so we’re looking pretty good this year.”