Wakefield Coach Tim Churchill experienced success and struggle as a high school football player. He played at Episcopal during part of that school's 24-game winning streak and transferred to Washington-Lee for his senior year, when he was part of a 1-9 team.

As a coach, he hopes to once again enjoy both ends of the spectrum. But so far, he still has some work to do. Wakefield was 0-10 in his first season and last week snapped a 24-game losing streak by beating Mount Vernon, 12-7. The following day -- at Washington-Lee to scout the Generals for tonight's game -- Churchill said he bumped into his freshman football coach, Jim Mon, and the two discussed what it was like to coach in trying situations.

"He said he really feels bad for the kids at Robinson -- they don't understand the struggle and to value the fight for the win," Churchill said, referring to one of the area's top public programs. "The more I thought about it, the more it's teaching kids about life and important lessons. For a lot of people, life is a struggle, not an easy time, and you're going to have to deal with defeat. That's something our kids have gotten the last couple years.

"There is a lot to be said for working together and being successful and the lessons you can learn from that. If you go through your high school career and all you do is win and good things happen to you and you're killing these other teams, I'm sure it's good for you. But compare that with the struggle."

-- Josh Barr