The U.S. Navy Seals have a time-honored saying: “It pays to be a winner.”

That adage can apply in other areas, too.

Including high school football.

That’s certainly the case at Biggs High School, where numbers are up in the wake of the Wolverines’ 2016 CIF Northern Section Division championship.

The Wolverines started fall practice last week, and according to second-year head coach Tyler Rutledge, a group of new players are meshing nicely with a good returning core.  

The Wolverines have about 20 returning letter winners back from last year, including a number of key skill players on both sides of the ball.

“I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen so far,” Rutledge said earlier this week. “The guys are working hard and learning. We’re getting  better every practice.”

Biggs opens the 2017 season at home Friday night, Aug. 25 against Hamilton. It will be a contest against a school Rutledge coached at as an assistant before taking the Biggs job last season.