BEST GAME OF THE SUPER SIX

Class AA: Bridgeport 14, Wayne 13

All three games were excellent—it’s the first time since 2003 all three state championship games were decided by 10 points or less. That year, Parkersburg South, Poca and Moorefield won their title games by a combined nine points. The 2013 Super Six was decided by a combined 13 points.

The best game this year?

Bridgeport’s 14-13 squeaker over Wayne edges Martinsburg’s 9-7 win over Huntington. Both games had late-game dramatics, but the AA title literally came down to the final 0.2 seconds as Wayne just missed on a last-second prayer to the end-zone that would have given the Pioneers their third straight title and sole possession of the state’s winning streak record.

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Bridgeport players celebrate the Indians’ 14-13 win over Wayne in the Class AA final at the West Virginia Super Six.

BIGGEST MILESTONE OF THE SUPER SIX

Four in a row for the Bulldogs

Martinsburg became the first Class AAA program to win four consecutive state championships, and the Bulldogs had to work extra for No. 4, edging Huntington 9-7.

The Bulldogs won the 2010 title 30-0 over Brooke, the 2011 title over George Washington 35-27 and the 2012 title over Cabell Midland 38-14.

Martinsburg hasn’t lost to an in-state team now for 36 games in a row—a statistic just as impressive as the four straight championships.

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Martinsburg players celebrate their fourth straight Class AAA state title.

BIGGEST PLAY OF THE SUPER SIX

Blocked punt/safety by Martinsburg’s Tyler Miller

With three games decided by 10 points or less, picking “the biggest play” is impossible. However, how about a little bit of props to Martinsburg’s Miller?

While it was quarterback Malique Watkins taking the game’s MVP, Miller blocked his first punt of the year, leading to what proved to be the game-winning safety. He also led the Bulldogs with seven tackles in a game dominated by defense.

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Tyler Miller (44) celebrates a punt-block safety during a 9-7 win over Huntington in the Class AAA state final.

BEST PLAY OF THE SUPER SIX

Madonna quarterback Ross Comis to Eliott Nero

Madonna’s Comis finished the Class A championship game against Greenbrier West with 252 total offensive yards and three touchdowns. His best play, though, came late in the first quarter.

As he was being sacked, Comis flipped the ball over his shoulder/behind his back to an open Eliott Nero who took off for a 19-yard gain. That play led to the game’s first score.

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Madonna’s quarterback Ross Comis (2) and running back Eliott Nero (26) were an unbeatable duo in the backfield for the Blue Dons all season.

 

 

BIGGEST IMPACT BY A FRESHMAN IN THE SUPER SIX

Bridgeport’s Mackenzie Holmes

In only the biggest game of his very young high school career, the Indians’ linebacker intercepted Wayne’s Grant Ferguson at midfield with 7:08 to go in the game, helping preserve his team’s one-point lead. That play came just after the Indians turned the ball over themselves and seemingly had lost momentum.

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Bridgeport freshman Mackenzie Holmes pulls down an interception against Wayne in the Class AA state championship game at the West Virginia Super Six.

BEST DEFENSIVE EFFORT IN THE SUPER SIX

Huntington and Martinsburg

For Huntington, it wasn’t enough to win the game, and Martinsburg proved to be the better team overall. But give the Highlanders’ defense credit for the overall numbers they put up against a very talented Martinsburg offense. Huntington held Martinsburg to just five first downs and 83 total yards (-31 in the second half).

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, held Huntington to just 25 offensive yards in the first half.

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Huntington’s Charles Crawford lunges for yardage against Martinsburg during the West Virginia Class AAA state championship game.

A slight edge goes to Martinsburg when it comes to yards per play overall. The Bulldogs held Huntington to just 103 yards on 55 plays (1.9 per play). Huntington’s defense held Martinsburg to 83 yards on 40 plays (2.1 per play).

Martinsburg was 1-of-10 on third-downs. Huntington was 2-of-12.

Tough to find two defenses better in the state than what was on display in the Class AAA title game.

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Comments

  • Michael Goddard

    Thanks for great coverage and interactive radio shows like High School Gamenight and High School Sportsline. This was my first experience at the Super Six. Wrestling usually keeps me away because of the date but it's a trip I plan on making again in the future. The best moment for me personally was watching my son compete for a state championship. The Cavaliers lost the game but to see our band play the National Anthem, our cheerleaders rock the crowd and our community band together in support of our kids was special. Greenbrier West kids earned the respect of the rest of the state. Let's not spoil that!

  • Larry

    Glenville State's field would be a good location for the super 6, centrally located, and the nicest small college stadium in the state.

  • WJB

    great job metro news and thank you for your HS football coverage. Sorry the others couldn't keep on topic (that they can't fix). Great pics and coverage of all classes.

  • Brad Skinner

    Tribe fan here through and through!! The AA game was awesome. Wanted to tell the staff at wheeling island for recognizing Dylan Jeffries before our game with a moment of silence. Very classy, I and the fans of the Tribe, thank you deeply!

  • Adam Holbert

    The Bridgeport vs Wayne game was incredible.... That was the best and craziest high school football game I have ever watched. A LOT OF HEART out on that field on that snowy friday night. Will never forget that game. Awesome game between awesome teams. Players going at it for the full 48 minutes. Instant Classic.

  • WVcoal

    Nice job by all, inlculding WVMetroNews for covering the 2013 season.

  • Lisa

    Greenbrier West fan here...yes, they lost...but getting there was a huge accomplishment for them....a winning season by anyone's standards...I've heard the complaint about recruiting...does it happen or not? Doesn't matter at this point. Cavalier fans, quit ruining the success of your team by whining about it... Good job Cavaliers!!!!

  • Catholic

    Don't pay attention to all of these anti-Catholics, they are just jealous their high school wasn't named after a very successful, yet somewhat controversial and enigmatic female 80's-90's pop star.

  • JL

    I want to thank Metronews for great coverage of the Super Six. Unlike some years this tournament featured some outstanding games.

  • Larry

    Since 1987, all but one girls A basketball champs are private schools, so that's a pretty good average.

    • Cooper

      Yes it is Larry. The law of averages tell us that the placement of private schools at the single A level is a tragedy! Unfair and simply a cheat to the small rural schools that are unable to pool talent from larger cities. A Title 9 violation if I have ever seen one. You also need to mention that many of those games had 2 private schools playing for the championships! I'm not anti-Catholic or private school. I'm pro- small town kids that deserve a fair playing field. That's what the Principals of WV AND the WVSSAC are entrusted to provide.

      • Quit your crying

        Cooper, your comment on title 9 has nothing to do with this blog. Not a single member of the wvssac is in violation of title 9. Do your homework. Also, if you want your child to play sports in any school in WV, you can do so. That goes for public and private schools. As long as your child was a student at that institution the preceding 365 days, you are eligible to participate in that sports program. That being said, there is no such thing as recruitment under wvssac regulations. You might want to reserve the word "recruit" for college institutions who follow different guidelines. Remember, as long as you follow wvssac rules, you can play sports at any school in this great state of ours.

        • Cooper

          Oh contraire, why you crying. Title 9 is about equity. Can U honestly state you don't see that at the girls single A bball level there is an issue? My Masters degree provides me with the knowledge to read case law and I believe there is a strong case here. If I had a child at the A level then I would, my children attend AAA. My values have taught me to stand strong for those who need support. Again, that is also what our state officials are supposed to do as well. Let the private schools have their own game. And for all of you.....(my taxes are already paying for public schools)....and I still have to pay tuition @ a private school. There's another law about Church & State you may have heard of? So how do those schools benefit from public school athletic programs. By the way, I know the law about that as well and support their participation, but at a fair and equitable level.

          • Bishop

            Yes, other states have addressed this issue and have issued new guidelines. These states have done so based on their individual situation, not based on "violation of Title 9" laws and the such as you have suggested. Comparing WV to the state which have done this is apples to oranges though. There are more private (Catholic) schools in Cincinnati (or Cleveland, or Pittsburgh, or Miami) than all of West Virginia and we all know that these Catholic schools with enrollments of 1,000-plus recruit against public and private schools alike. Interesting how this debate in WV never existed when Class A public schools dominated the sports, many from the coalfields. The traditional Class A powers yesteryear are long gone to consolidation. The only thing that has changed is that the Class A public schools which couldn't beat the now closed/consolidated schools now can't beat the next best wave of schools which are private schools. Why these public schools cry foul is beyond me.

          • Cooper

            With all do respect..... Please visit thesenoirreports.com to read about the issue of private vs. public. The following states have created policy changes and or are actively involved in the process to bring about equity between the two. Florida, Arizona, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Michigan, Oregon. Georgia voted to split private/ pub. at its smallest level. Illinois adopted a 1.65 attendance multiplier to balance the equity issue. Indiana is working on an automatic classification bump for private schools that win multiple state champs. North Carolina voted to separate both, but failed on first attempt. Wisconsin, Deleware & Colorado are currently taking on the issue. OHIO, nearly passed a referendum vote in May, 2013. New Jersey is also battling the issue with charter schools in the mix as well. Finally, our great state of WV AD's gathered and discussed the growing concern and debate in April 2012. I'M JUST GLAD TO BE AMONG ALL OF THESE IDIOTS THROUGHTOUT THIS NATION OF FREE THINKERS...... That see the injustice in place. Read the articles and LAW being written. Policy and procedure changes, etc. before that though..... Since 2000 until June of 2012! Private schools in WV WON 33 OF 38 single A champs in Boys & girls basketball and boys football combined. ABSOLUTELY, NO ISSUE HERE HUH? I'm not hating! Just FACT stating! I bid you a good day.

          • Bishop

            Cooper - I see you are not answering my questions here or any other posts. Nice to know you realize now that you have greatly misrepresented written law.

          • Cooper

            Bishop, thanks for your support. As I said... No issues with those schools competing on the AA level to balance the issues and the numbers game with classification.

          • no excuses

            Just show me where there is a title 9 infraction pertaining to boys football in this state.

          • Bishop

            Cooper impress us with your Masters degree and cite exacts in any state and/or federal law that clearly demonstrates a violation of said law by virtue of private school participation in WVSSAC sports. You won't be citing Title 9 because you are way, way off in thinking that it could apply to WV high school girls athletics. But again, I await your citations. As for the "law about church and state you may have heard of?" Again, a preposterious statement by you thinking it should be applied to this situation. Tug Valley is a rural school with an excellent basketball program; Summers County girls is a rural girls basketball program that dominated urban Class AA schools not long ago. There are 14 WVSSAC sports. Private schools have dominated one of them in Class A girls athletics: basketball. Public schools have won the far majority in many of the other Class A sports. Where is the inequality? Good try Cooper but fancy words does not make for sound reason.

          • Cooper

            In addition, I have no issue with kids coming across the Ohio, Tug Fork, Big Sandy or the Potomac to attend school and pay tuition.... Just as long as those private schools are playing at a higher level in the system. What about the public school benefitting by out of state students? No problem, those numbers would be absorbed in the higher classification. But don't forget those families have to pay a instate public tuition on top if any private school fees. I doubt if folks would be doing that. So where does that leave us? With a school that stands to benefit by playing at the single level, while either through parent collusion, coaches Influence, booster support, AAU ties, etc. bringing a couple star athletes to one centrally located major populated area into a small private school who is afforded the opportunity to play against small, rural, underfunded (private & public) single A schools whose DREAMS of a championship (town event of historical proportions) are thwarted by the latter. EQUITY is all I'm preaching here. A fair playing field for ALL WEST VIRGINIANS.

      • wow

        well put without name calling, good post.

  • Chef Camille

    Yea I think that the games should be played in Gassaway. Isn't that the middle of the state?

    • Larry

      No, the center of the state is closer to Flatwoods.

      • Barry

        Gassaway is close to Flatwoods

        • Larry

          I know that, but the center of the state is closer to Flatwoods-Sutton.

  • Chef Camille

    Gee Catholic Schools recruit! Not only does a parent get to pay an average of $4,500 a year in tuition but they are also paying real estate taxes to subsidize a bloated public school system.

    • Cooper

      Yes Chef, and some of you are paying part of the super recruited Athletes tuition! I realize that is your choice but they just need to move those schools up to AA. Plus your able to pay higher coaching salaries and recruit top coaches as well where as the public school coaches are locked into a specified pay scale. Reality is a bear my friend.

      • Defcore

        Higher coaching salaries at private schools, where? You've never coached anywhere.. Assistants at public schools make more than a head coach at a catholic high school. Common knowledge I thought. Maybe in Texas, but not WV. Email me I'll show you my monster $600 pay stub after taxes

      • wow

        Cooper, how do you figure anyone but the parents of the kids going to a private school is helping pay for tuition. it is the other way around. Private school parents are helping pay for public schools through taxes.

    • Pioneer

      Look on the bright side chef.... It buys championships

  • Barrett

    I'm surprised it's not at Mountaineer field. Better location than Wheeling at least.

  • Single A

    Congratulations to Greenbrier West... The WV State Single A Public School Champs!

    (Private schools which recruit from three states shouldn't be in the WVSSAC).

    • K9

      What score did U see?!!? MADONNA-24.. g w -14, also MADONNA-116, in penalties... g w-88!

    • no excuses

      Congratulations Blue Dons, State A champs of both private and public schools. (Public schools that recruit shouldn't be allowed in the WVSSAC. This comment is about as stupid as yours.

    • trueblue

      U are making your school look very bad and u are acting like a leech.

    • j

      Who cares if they recruit? To be the best you gotta beat the best. No excuses or vehement whining is going to change the simple facts of life. West had a great shot and I was rooting for them, but in the end Madonna was better. End of story

    • Quit your crying

      Put another rub in and go shoot a squirrel.

      • Cooper

        Read the rules of the WVSSAC. I have also attended their or our meetings to determine the changes brought forward by the principals to be voted on. I UNDERSTAND, the transfer, attendance zone and ability to choose your starting secondary school. I realize the term recruit maybe overstated in all of these comments. Your missing my point "crying". Even if my point is wrong. It's my opinion and shared by others.

        • no excuses

          Yes, every man is entitled to their opinion.....................This has been a very healthy and interesting blog, for sure.

        • Bishop

          Fine Cooper that this is your opinion. Thus, I anticipate you will quit posting that private school participation in WVSSAC sports is a case of "inequality." Stating this about high school sports is a slap in the face insult to those who actually do suffer "inequality" in many other facets of everyday life.

          • Bishop

            Also Cooper, you state, "You continue to refer to me as a Church school hater." Please point out which one of my posts specifically says that I refer to you as a "church school hater." Of course, there is none which further damages what little, if any cred, you bring to this argument.

          • Bishop

            No Cooper, I think you need to re-read your orginial posts to see that it is you making this a social issue. You state private school participation in Class A sports "is a tragedy! Unfair and simply a cheat to the small rural schools" ... "A Title 9 violation if I have ever seen one." Talk about overt exaggeration, you take first prize for dramatic flair. I say nothing about social issues other than your drama queen statements about "inequality" trivializes real-life inequality. If someone is trying to make this a social issue, it is you. Your post, "There's another law about Church & State you may have heard of?" is the most ridiculous post I have ever read about this private/public school debate. My issue with your first posts, which you have not answered, is prove to us this issue contains "inequality" and a "violation of Title 9." Bring citations of written law to prove this.

    • KEVIN

      There is not 1 kid from Ohio or WV on Bishop Donahues roster. So throw that one out goof!!

    • WVSPORTSFAN

      Who cares even if they do recruit all of the good class A teams that always compete do just fine playing with catholic schools.

    • VS

      where is your proof that Madonna recruits?

      • Bishop

        VS - you are wasting your breath with the Catholic school haters. Though every single private school recruiting conspiracy gets debunked .... and even though no one shred of proof is ever offered to validate recruiting assertions .... the whining and gnashing of teeth continues by the private school haters. Catholic schools have won but two state titles this year (golf, football) and public schools won the state football and basketball title last year. Yet, the moans and groans grow louder. The haters are an embarrassment to W.Va. - makes all of look like we want special treatment so our little feelings don't get hurt.

        • Cooper

          The issue is that the inequity in this issue is so obvious it's frustrating! Like trying to get the WV legislature to pass a helmet law or common sense ATV laws. The cries of foul will continue because its unjust and wrong!

          • no excuses

            For the 15th time......Any high school student can compete at any high school of their choice(public or private) in this state, so long as they were a student of that school the previous school year. Now I need for you tell me where there is inequality in this rule.

          • Bishop

            Cooper - please cite for us exacts in federal, state and WVSSAC law how this issue is indeed inequal. If you can't cite law, then don't comment.

          • Quit your crying

            Get a copy of the wvssac rule book and read it before you make more of an idiot of yourself.

  • Barry

    Why are the State Championship games in Wheeling? I would have liked to seen them but I live in Fayette County and could not make the trip in the bad weather. Doesn't it make more sense to have the games at a more centralized location?

    • jpesbe

      The super six is put up for bid & the last time it was put up for bid, Wheeling is the only location to put in for it. I personally believe it should be at WVU but they don't bid for it. I am from the Eastern Panhandle & they just built a really nice facility at Spring Mills High School. The word over here is they are going to do what it takes to get the super six over here. I hope the rest of the state likes traveling to the Eastern Panhandle, we are a growing area. Not very centralized for the state though. They also are building a premier baseball field with grand stands & the word is they will be bidding for the baseball championships too.

      • Quit your crying

        That is a really fast growing area. DC has to be pretty close for you guys.

      • Larry

        Nah, never happen.

        • WVU86

          I wouldn't be so sure about the pessimism Larry. Charleston thought it would never lose the Super Six.

    • KEVIN

      No it would not! Why is the Basketball and Baseball championships in Charleston. It is what it is you can not please everybody. And Wrestling has been in Huntington for 30 years. I would love to go every year but I don't. If you want to see the games get in your car and drive.

    • WVU86

      The WVSSAC opens up to cities around the state the opportunity to host a state title event. Quite frankly, Charleston's past bid attempts were weak compared to Wheeling. It is up to the city to earn the right to host a state title weekend. That is also why Huntington has hosted the state wrestling tourney for many years now. That is why Beckley has the state soccer tournament for many years now. The WVSSAC has to go where the support for that event is. Yea, I don't think having a state football final in a town where you have get a hotel in another state, but quite frankly, no other city has shown it can put on a better event than Wheeling. As for Morgantown, 4,000 spectators in a 60,000-seat stadium would look awfully goofy, not to mention that Morgantown has never put in a bid to host the Super Six.

      • DWM

        You may be wasting your breath on Larrry, personifies the axiom that he doesn't like facts that screw up a good argument.

        Thanks for the information. When you think about major activities in WV (HS wrestling in Huntington, HS football in Wheeling, WVU in Morgantown, State Fair in Lewisburg, State Golf in Huntington) you have to wonder if anything happens in the middle of the state?

        • WVU86

          Yes DWM, we are wasting our breath on Larry but a few facts may keep others from swaying to his shallow thinking. I think Fairmont could be a great locale for hosting Super Six, and Fairmont State could/would use it as a recruiting tool, but again, the city, not sentiment, dictates site. Of the 14 state high school tourneys, 7 are in charleston, and the rest are not near the center of the state.

      • Larry

        You're right about the 4,000 people in a 60,000 seat stadium, see Rice vs Marshall.

    • Larry

      In all seriousness, the WVSSAC is required to play the championships there, so the local tv stations and newspapers can report about their teams having the "Wheeling Feeling".

      • Nicole

        Larry and the others they bid on a contract for where the Super 6 is. All these complainers need to get some information on the process for location of the Super 6. Hardly any complaints from the teams that play in the Super 6. True fans follow their teams.Ask a football player what they think of the Wheeling Feeling.Alot of people in the Northern panhandle work very hard to give the High school teams royal treatment while participating in the Championship at Wheeling Island Stadium.

      • JL

        Wheeling does a great job with this playoff every year. First class. They deserve it and make it a very special trip for the kids.

        • Barry

          The problem with having it in Wheeling is most people from the southern part of the state cannot make the trip. Why would it be as far away as possible from a large part of the state?

    • Larry

      I agree, it's ridiculous to have the WV championships in what is essentially OH, or PA. It would be nice if there was a suitable stadium in Flatwoods.

      • NL

        Flatwoods is NOT the center of the state. Martinsburg to Flatwoods 3 1/2 hours.
        Martinsburg to Wheeling 4 Hours.
        Lets have it in the Eastern Panhandle and hear the rest of the state complain.

        • MoeLarryCheese

          Well said NL!

        • Larry

          Flatwoods is not the "center", and the state does not have an exact center due to its shape, but yes genius, there is a sign near the Flatwoods exit stating that the geographic center of the state is nearby.

          • Larry

            @justsayin, that being said, would you mind to perform the simple calculations, and post your work and results here? I may need to determine the exact center of a state in the future, and I'd love to know how to do it.

          • justsayin

            All bodies haven an exact center regardless of shape; simple math. And Flatwoods probably comes close.

      • JL

        Wheeling - the former state capital - is essentially Ohio or Pennsylvania? Really?

        • Barry

          Just look at a map JL.

        • Larry

          Yes, I believe the folks way up there above the Mason-Dixon line identify more with those states than they do WV.

    • Charles

      Unfortunately no. Because it was in charleston for years and attendance was horrible. And wheeling treats the players like royalty. A truly special experience.

      • Ryder

        The stands weren't full in Wheeling either. Everybody was bunched in the middle and the outer parts were empty.

        • Larry

          True, I saw some footage of the Martinsburg-Huntington game and there were a lot of empty seats, I would think the AAA game would be the most anticipated.

        • Cooper

          Plus snow covered. MHS BAND, was delayed entering because they had no where to sit..... It was my 8th game and it has never been close to a sell out.

      • Larry

        Isn't most of the attendance made up of the supporters of whichever teams are playing?

        • Brett

          Actually it isn't...the Super Six in Wheeling is supported by football fans around the area...I have gone for the past 10 years and have seen Wheeling Park, Stubenville, and even PA school's jackets in the crowds

          • Larry

            Oh, I'm glad they make it easier for people from OH and PA to make it to the games.