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WednesdayOctober 28, 2020

Covid Continues To Reign Supreme!

As we enter week #9 of the high school football season this week, one thing is for certain……the playoff field is going to look unlike anything we have seen since the number of playoff teams was increased to sixteen back in 1991! One major change in the playoff field, because of the coronavirus, is the

MondayOctober 19, 2020

Covid Map Strikes Again…..How Many More??

I am confident I was with the majority this past Saturday evening at 5p when I ventured on to the website of the WV Board of Education to check out the Covid 19 colored map!  For you see, that colorful map of West Virginia is our go to……it is the piece of document we all

MondayOctober 12, 2020

Six Weeks Down – With Fingers Crossed, Four Weeks to Go!!

Last Wednesday night (October 7th), WVSSAC Executive Director Bernie Dolin was gracious enough to appear on High School Sportsline and I thought his most profound statement was “we plan to start the football playoffs on time”!  That would mean we have four weeks left in the regular season, already shortened by one week, and the

MondayOctober 5, 2020

It’s Time For Steam Release!!

As we enter week #6 of the 2020 High School Football season, I want to write about a subject that is, without question, very frustrating!  That subject is all encompassing as we talk about Covid 19, the daily infection rate, the positive cases in relation to 100,000 and that brightly colored map that is filled

MondaySeptember 28, 2020

What A Difference One Week Can Make……

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

MondaySeptember 21, 2020

MetroNews Power Rankings – 3 New #1’s

As we traverse through 2020, everywhere we look, something new and very different is happening in just about every walk of life, and I am very certain it’s not always good and well received!  This calendar year of 2020 has been one we would all at times like to forget, however we still have over

MondaySeptember 14, 2020

A Lot of Extra Miles – Thanks Covid 19!

As we enter week #3 of the 2020 High School Football season, the biggest effect the coronavirus has had on high school football teams in WV has been several teams have yet to play a single game!  The orange and red colors have so far derailed the start of the season for many large and

TuesdaySeptember 8, 2020

Common Sense….Where Did It Go?

Seemingly every day, we are finding something new and different concerning the coronavirus.  And, I know, I have heard it thousands of times…..the coronavirus is new….we have never seen anything like it and we don’t have a play book that tells us what to do!  While all of that is true, it still leaves me

MondayAugust 31, 2020

High School Football in 2020 – All About the Colors!

I know we all remember in years gone by, when we would talk about high school football, it was all about the x’s and o’s…..the Jimmy’s and Joe’s……and the wins and losses!  Well, here we are in 2020 (a year we will never forget) and it seems as if we must now include colors…..four to

MondayDecember 2, 2019

It’s Super Six Time in Wheeling….

From 114 teams to only 6….and the 6 teams that remain are indeed the Super Six!   When the first of three games this weekend kick off this Friday night on the island in Wheeling, high school football fans will be treated to what should be the best football state championship in quite a while! On

MondayNovember 25, 2019

Practicing On Thanksgiving Day!

The 2019 high school football season began, officially, the week of August 26th….that was fourteen weeks ago!  And, when the season began that hot week in August, we had 114 teams across the state all striving for several things, including practicing on Thanksgiving Day!  Fast forward to this week, November 25th, and of those 114

MondayNovember 18, 2019

Just Because You Are the Higher Seed…..

Just because your team is the higher seed in the high school football playoffs, doesn’t mean it’s a guarantee you’re moving on to the next round! When the 1st round of the 2019 West Virginia High School Football Playoffs began last Friday night, we had 48 teams that had earned the right to move on

MondayNovember 11, 2019

Football Playoffs to Begin; Volleyball Season to End!

This weekend, the high school football playoffs begin across the state with a total of 24 games to be played either this Friday night or Saturday afternoon.  In fact, when you look at the breakdown of all three classes, there will be 15 games that kick off at 7:30 Friday night and 9 games scheduled

MondayNovember 4, 2019

Final Regular Season Week for Football; State Championships in Soccer!

It is officially week #45 of the year 2019…..week #18 of the WVSSAC Standardized Calendar….and, week #11 of the 2019 regular season for high school football.  Week #11 is also the final week of the regular season for high school football.  Of the 114 teams that play SSAC high school football in the State, 96

MondayOctober 28, 2019

Week #10 – And Still A Lot of Important Games Left!

When play began last week in high school football across the state, we had 10 undefeated teams!  As we get set for action in week #10, we now have only eight teams without a blemish on their record!  Last Friday night, the Golden Tornado of Keyser fell from the unbeaten ranks as they dropped a

MondayOctober 21, 2019

500 – 52 – 50…Which Is More Impressive?

Numbers can certainly be impressive, especially when referring to successful streaks! Last Friday night, the Man Hillbillies defeated the Wyoming East Warriors and in doing so, won their 500th football game in the school’s history.  Also last Friday night, the Martinsburg Bulldogs went on the road to Salem, Va. and defeated a previously unbeaten Salem

MondayOctober 14, 2019

Looking Back At 7 – Ahead To 8!

High School football teams in West Virginia have eleven weeks to play ten games!  That eleven week period began on Friday, August 30th and will end on Saturday, November 9th with the first round of the playoffs scheduled to begin the following weekend.  With seven of those eleven weeks now in the books, teams are

MondayOctober 7, 2019

Might We See New Teams In Wheeling In December?

As we enter week #7 of the high school football season for 2019, we have several teams with some work to do!  And, with that said, let’s have a little fun right now and play some “what if”! “What if” the 2019 Super Six was scheduled for this coming weekend?  Interestingly enough, only two of

MondaySeptember 30, 2019

2019 Is The Year of the Mighty Offenses!

How many times have we all heard, “Defense wins Championships”!  And, while that might still be proven true, so far in 2019, it’s the offense that’s doing the damage! Take for example the following numbers that will prove my theory to be true….at least through the first half of this season.  In all three classes,

MondaySeptember 23, 2019

Week #5 Already…..C’MON MAN!!!!

How is it possible?  The 2019 high school football season is entering week #5 which, for several teams, means after this weekend, the regular season will be half-over!!  C’MON MAN….we just started! Now, in all fairness….the sky is not really falling.  When you look at the numbers, only 10% of the 114 high school football