Indian River trying to bring tradition back

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – The practices at Indian River High School are a little more upbeat and a little more energetic these days, and there’s definitely a different feel for a once-perennial football program trying to fight their way back to prominence.

“This was a dominant program at one point, and the kids want to get back to that,” says new head coach Glenwood Ferebee, who’s in his first season leading the Braves program. Under Ferebee, it’s been so far, very good.

Over its last four seasons, Indian River won a combined six games. So far in 2014, the team is 4-2 and is on a four-game winning streak. Senior linebacker Ben Debastiani has never been part of a wining team at Indian River, and now notices the team’s success is starting to mean bigger crowds for home games.

“Before, we would have our parents, our mom, dad in the stands, and now people are coming back. People want to believe in us,” said Debastiani.

With a fast, physical defense, and an offense lead by athletic, strong-armed quarterback Tyre Givers-Wilson, Ferebee’s team has won it’s last three games by a combined score of 110 to 35 over Nansemond River, King’s Fork and Hickory respectively.

Still, Ferebee doesn’t believe tradition has returned to Indian River just yet, but says it’s “coming back.”

His team will try to make it five straight wins when they play Southeastern District rival Western Branch on Friday.

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