More than any other school, Williamstown wanted the new West Jersey Football League.
"We asked for it and we got it," Williamstown coach Frank Fucetola said.
The Braves were 27-4 over the last three seasons, including 23-1 in the Tri-County Royal Division. In reality, they had outgrown the division, as they were the only Group 4 school in the Royal. Just two years ago, they had a Royal game against Group 1 Woodstown.
Williamstown wanted to match up with the big, established powers from the Olympic. The Braves got their wish in the WJFL.
Williamstown is in the WJFL American with Cherokee, Eastern, Lenape and Washington Township.
"It's all we talk about," senior safety Bill Inge said. "People are doubting us but we want to prove we belong."
Williamstown lost a lot of talent that played a big role in that three-year run. But Fucetola said the Braves have six starters back on defense and five on offense.
The coach said the program has "turned the corner."
"Rebuilding" is a dirty word.
"We're not rebuilding," Fucetola said. "We've got too many good kids. We're reloading."
-- Phil Anastasia