The very first Kennedy Award was handed out in 1947 when Darrell Patrick Shires, Jr., a running back from Hinton High School was given the award.  Named for Harrison H. Kennedy of Wheeling, WV, the Kennedy Award is given annually to the WV High School Football Player of the Year as voted on by the WV Sports Writers Association.  It is the second oldest statewide award, second only to the Hardman Award which is presented annually to the Amateur Athlete of the Year.

Over the 66 years the Kennedy Award has been presented, we have had a total of 65 winners.  There was no Kennedy Award given in 1966 and 1967 and there were two awards given in 1998 when J. R. House of Nitro and Quincy Wilson of Weir tied for the honor.  Of those 65 winners a total of 40 schools have been represented and there have been 41 winners from Class AAA….14 from Class AA and 10 Kennedy Award winners selected from Class A schools.

Of course the last two years, the award was taken home by Ryan Switzer from George Washington High School who is now playing for the Tar Heels of North Carolina.  And, after only three weeks into the 2013 season it would appear as if there are several candidates to take home the hardware this year.  The names that have already been talked about would have to include the following:

  1. Ross Comis                    Madonna
  2. Chazzy Thomas              Morgantown
  3. Jake Parker                    Meadow Bridge
  4. Austin Hensley                Hurricane
  5. Jalen Jones                    Oak Hill
  6. Cameron Loftus             Scott
  7. Brent Osborne                Woodrow Wilson
  8. Tyrhee Pratt                    Capital
  9. Nick Tubbs                     Huntington
  10. Tahj Sho-Johnson          Princeton
  11. Kane Roush                    Wahama
  12. Nathan Spurlock             Wayne

And, that’s just to name a few.  You know schools like Martinsburg, Spring Valley, Cabell Midland, Wheeling Central and many others will have someone emerge and be mentioned in the selection process.  Certainly at this point, no one know’s the name of this year’s Kennedy Award Winner – what we do know is there are many names to choose from!

What big games will the GAMENIGHT crew be watching this weekend?  In Class AAA, the Princeton Tigers and the Capital Cougars will meet at University of Charleston Stadium and that should be a great showcase of speed and talent on both sides of the ball.  Also in AAA, Parkersburg will travel to Ona, WV and try and slow down the high scoring Knights of Cabell Midland, while Head Coach Billy Seals and his talented Highlanders from Huntington will travel from Cabell County to Raleigh County to meet up with the Flying Eagles of Woodrow Wilson at Van Meter Stadium.

In Class AA, the undefeated Cougars of Lincoln will welcome a team they have never beaten in football as the once beaten Flying Eagles of Robert C. Byrd come calling and, in what is always a great battle the Scott Skyhawks will travel to Chapmanville to battle Tigers. 

In Class A, the Cee-Bees of Clay Battelle will proudly open up their brand new football facility in Blacksville and will have to be ready to play as the Bishops of Bishop Donahue come calling.  The very best game in the state this weekend might just be played on Saturday night as #1 Madonna will welcome #2 Wheeling Central Catholic.

For all the scores and interviews, be sure and join Dave Jecklin and me for High School GAMENIGHT presented by MVB Bank this Friday night.  The show is heard across the state on over 40 radio stations and can also be heard on our website at

Talk to you Friday night!

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  • Dan Bone

    Comis Comis Comis

  • Tanner price

    Where is draven riffe and nick tubbs is definitely one of the best in state he is splitting carries that's why his stats doesn't look good!

  • Really

    Tubbs is not even the 2nd best on his own team let alone the whole state. Tatoos don't make anyone a better ball player. If huntington has a represenative in this mix I would suggest you look at Paden Christians stats.

    • Highlanders

      If we look at stats Nick Tubbs is definitely the best player on his team. He leads stats in ALL PURPOSE yards which mean he does it ALL!!!! He's MSAC POY and 1st Team All State. Please don't be a hater man.

  • oakhill32

    Jake Parker is just a big kid that gets 30 to 40 carries a game. He's suppose to have that many yards !!!! and they don't play ANYBODY !!!!

  • Nevin Kilmer

    No love for the Eastern Panhandle? Out of 12 players, not 1 from EP? Troy Markley (Hedgesville) last night 7 TD passes and ran for another. Gustines from Washington? There are are some pretty good players in the EP. Let's show a little love.