2021 Friday Night Lights – Great Opening!

Fifty Six games played in week #1 of 2021!  Now, that’s a great start!  And, yes I know, we did have a few games cancelled/postponed because of Covid, however I will be the last person that let’s a handful of not played games put a damper on the many games that were played!  And to show you the resiliency of teams across the state and their desire to play in week one, not a little bad weather or even a major traffic snafu on I-79 caused games to be cancelled!  We did have a few late starts, but the games were played!  And, fans across the state were treated to some outstanding play!

In Class AAA, the teams that were “suppose” to win, did.  The always tough Bulldogs of Martinsburg went on the road to Salem, Virginia and defeated the Spartans of Salem High School 35-21.  The Black Eagles of South Charleston sat in traffic for the better part of Friday afternoon and arrived at Pony Lewis Field in Morgantown much later than they had planned.  Head Coach Donnie Mays ballclub fell behind early in the game but fought back to hand Head Coach Sean Biser and the Mohigans a 37-28 loss in week one.  Also in Class AAA, the Highlanders of Huntington High used a quick strike offense and shut down defense to take care of a very good Parkersburg Big Reds team by a final of 47-7!

In Class AA, the Independence Patriots traveled to Glen Daniel to take on Liberty in the Battle of ’76 and Head Coach John Lilly’s team had little trouble in defeating the Raiders 47-0.  It was tough start for Head Coach Mark Montgomery’s rebuilding team that went undefeated in a shortened regular season last year.  Also in Class AA, the Poca Dots got off to a nice start as they defeated Nitro 28-7…..Herbert Hoover opened the season with an impressive road victory over Scott 24-9 and how about the Clay County Panthers sneaking by a very good Class A team in Midland Trail by a final of 22-21!

In Class A, East Hardy opened with an impressive 41-20 win over the Titans of Gilmer County and Buffalo surprised Greenbrier West as they slipped by the Cavaliers by a final of 21-20.  Also, a shout out to the Generals of Montcalm as they put 74 points on the scoreboard as they shut out Hundred.

So, what can we expect in week #2?  I think it will be a carbon copy of this past weekend as we will certainly have a handful of games that will be postponed or cancelled because of Covid, however we will have a great deal more games played under the Friday night lights across the state!  And, as always, a reminder for you to tune in to High School GAMENIGHT  immediately following your local game broadcast on your local radio station or, you can always check out the live audio and video of GAMENIGHT at www.wvmetronews.com!

Talk with you Friday night from 9:30 til midnight!

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