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MondaySeptember 13, 2021

Week #4 Brings SSAC Rankings and Big Time Games!

Is this possible?  Week #4 in the 2021 high school football season is already here which means we are very close to the halfway point of the year!  And, as we enter week #4, it has certainly been a trying season for a lot of the teams around the Mountain State.  Take for example the

WednesdaySeptember 8, 2021

Covid Is On The Scoreboard; Local Teams Fighting Hard To Win!

As we enter week #3 of the high school football season, we cannot ignore the fact that Covid is still playing a huge part in high school athletics across the state.  And, even though this column is devoted mostly to high school football, I am fully aware of the fact that Covid is certainly entrenched

MondayAugust 30, 2021

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

MondayAugust 23, 2021

High School Football Returns This Week!!

I am not one of the many that believe “if you don’t talk about it, it will go away!”  However, I do believe you can talk about something way too much!  So, with that said, here’s hoping we don’t have to deal with Covid and that despised “map of many colors” this fall!  To the

MondayNovember 23, 2020

Super Six or Super Four?

The high school football championships are less than two weeks away and still a lot of questions remain!  But, before we look ahead, let’s take a quick look back! Last weekend, the quarter-finals were much like the 1st round with several games lacking opponents!  In Class AAA, only one game was actually played out of

MondayNovember 16, 2020

First Round of Playoffs: 12-12!!

Last weekend, the 2020 high school football playoffs got underway and once again it was the Coronavirus making the headlines.  Of the 24 games scheduled in the 1st round last week, 12 games were played and 12 had to be forfeited because of the wrong color on the Covid map!  In Class AAA of the

MondayNovember 9, 2020

Typical 2020 – 24 Playoff Games – 12 Could End in Forfeit!!

It is a weekend that almost wasn’t and even though the matchups for the first round of the football playoffs are set, we could be looking at half of the games never kicking off! It is certainly no secret Governor Jim Justice toyed with the idea last week of cancelling all post season play in

MondayNovember 2, 2020

It’s Time For A Big Pat on the Back!

It certainly is no secret, 2020 has been a very lamentable year!  However, high school athletics is much like show business…..and that is, the show must go on! This year, more so than any other, Athletic Directors around the state have been busier than ever just trying to give their high school football players and

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