Green 39 – Yellow 10 – Gold 4 – Orange 2 – Red 0! I’m certain all of you know what those colors and numbers mean I’m also certain you know the numbers, along with their corresponding colors, indicate what we all saw this past Saturday evening at 5p when the new map was released by the WV Board of Education! For those of you without school age children, these updated colors simply mean beginning this week, there will be more students in actual classrooms and they will be taught by actual teachers! The new map released this past Saturday also means there will be quite a few more high school football games being played this week around the mountain state!
Last week, in Class AAA we had a total of 8 games played….this week, 14 games are scheduled. In Class AA last week, there were a total of 13 games played….this week, 18 are set to kick off. And, in Class A last week we played a total of 16 games….this week, there are 22 games scheduled. The overall total number of games increases this week by 17 games……37 last week compared to 54 this week. In fact, there are only two counties in the state that will not field a football team under those Friday night lights and those two counties are Kanawha and Wayne! And, as you might expect, with the increase in the number of games, we will also have an opportunity to see quite a few of very competitive contests!
In Class AAA this week, the Morgantown Mohigans will get the 2020 season underway as they play host to a very good (3-1) Musselman team and the Hawks of University High will start the 2020 campaign as they host a very good Albert Gallatin team from Uniontown Pa. The Colonials will arrive on the University campus sporting a (2-0) record. Two other teams playing for the first time this season will square off in Oak Hill as the Class AAA Red Devils entertain the Class AA Miners of Mingo Central. For Mingo Central, they are also playing this Wednesday night as they host the Man Hillbillies (0-1)! Also in Class AAA, the Hurricane Redskins (1-0) will get back on the football field for the first time since week #1 as Head Coach Jeremy Taylor and his crew welcome the Big Reds of Parkersburg (3-1).
In Class AA, the Winfield Generals will open their season at home against a solid Fairmont Senior Polar Bear team that will be trying to bounce back after back to back losses to a couple of Class AAA teams in Bridgeport and Musselman! Another team playing for the first time since week #1 will be the (1-0) Dots of Poca as they will welcome Class AAA powerhouse Cabell Midland (2-0)!
In Class A, 22 games are schedule this week and they include Clay Battelle on the gridiron for the first time this season as they travel to (0-4) Calhoun County. Also playing for the first time this season are a couple of Fayette County rivals as Midland Trail will travel to Meadow Bridge to battle the Wildcats. On Saturday evening, Trinity Christian will hit the field for the first time this season as they visit (2-2) Madonna!
Now even with the additional games that are being played this week, things are still not all peaches and cream! Just with the two counties that are still in “orange” (Kanawha and Wayne), we lost eight games that were scheduled to be played in week #5. Those cancelled games include:
- Capital at Cabell Midland
- South Charleston at George Washington
- Huntington at Spring Valley
- Herbert Hoover at Chapmanville
- Liberty Raleigh at Wayne
- Nitro at Logan
- Poca at Sissonville
- Tolsia at Tyler Consolidated
- St. Albans at Riverside
Hopefully soon, we will have zero orange or red counties and every team in some form or fashion will be granted the opportunity to play high school football. One thing for certain, the season is rapidly moving along! I also know even though we have several more games this week than in the past, we are still in the middle of limited seating at stadiums across the state. If you are not an immediate family member and cannot gain admittance to your local game, check and see if your local radio station is broadcasting the game…..listening to the game on the radio really is the next best thing to being there in person. And, don’t forget, to catch all the scores of the games being played this week, simply tune in to GAMENIGHT this Friday night on many great radio stations around the state. And if you can’t find the program in your area, you can watch and listen to GAMENIGHT every Friday night @wvmetronews.com!