WALLACE, NC (WECT) - Few things are certain in life other than death, taxes, and the Wallace-Rose Hill High School football team being in the mix for a state championship.
The Bulldogs come into the season winners of four straight titles and six in nine years.
"We are the best team in (Duplin) county," said senior quarterback Michael Basden. "Maybe the best team in 2A in my opinion. You have to come out here and work hard every day. You don't want to be known as the team that made the legacy end."
The Bulldogs don't lack confidence, but they also know hard work is the only thing that will keep them on top.
"Our team knows we need to bring it to the table every game," said senior safety Kameron McGee. "We can't slack, not even one minute, because if we slack, teams are going to try to take our heads off, and we have to be ready for everybody."
"There is going to be pressure every year playing for Wallace-Rose Hill," said Basden. "But in the end, you have to go out and play and do what you can. Just go out and enjoy every day and you'll come out victorious hopefully."
More times than not, the Bulldogs come away with the victory. The team is 58-4 the past four seasons, and many of those wins have come against some of the top programs in the state.
"We are not going to back down from anyone," said Bulldogs head coach Kevin Motsinger. "We have to have that mentality that it doesn't matter who you are, where we play, we are going to line it up and give it everything we got."
The Bulldogs open the season Aug. 17 at county rival James Kenan.