MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Playing football at Martinsburg High School has become more than just strapping on pads and helmets and hitting the guy across the line.
In the old days, that's all it seemed to take for the Bulldogs to win games. But now, after a couple years of losing and turmoil, it's not a game anymore.
Nope. At Martinsburg, football is no longer a game. It's an investment.
"The kids have worked real hard in the off-season," said Martinsburg coach David Walker. "When they put their own time into it, they are more disciplined. The more time they put into it, the more they care."
Suddenly, games aren't games anymore. They're a chance to earn dividends. The season turns into a portfolio of sorts.
But, most of all, the Bulldogs' investment of time might be the best way to get past the distractions of the last two years, both on and off the field. The players' main off-season investment came in the form of weightlifting, which was a relatively unheard of function at the school.