Fred’s Commentary Archives


MondaySeptember 9, 2019

Few Surprises in Week #2!

As high school football teams get ready for week number three, those that everyone really expected to still be undefeated, are…..and those that wish they were are many! In Class AAA, Martinsburg, Spring Valley, Huntington, Musselman, Cabell Midland and Parkersburg South are all sporting unblemished marks.  In Class AA, the undefeated teams include Bluefield, Fairmont

TuesdaySeptember 3, 2019

Heading Into Week #2 With Few Surprises…

It was a very successful opening for high school football teams across the state last weekend and there were very few surprises among the higher rated schools.  In each class, the teams ranked #1 outscored their opponents by a combined score of 125-52 as Martinsburg, Bluefield and Wheeling Central will all head into week #2

MondayAugust 26, 2019

The Very BEST Time of the Year is Here!

I am certain most of you noticed this past weekend’s weather was quite different than the mid 90’s/high humidity days we all have experienced over the last few weeks.  And, while the much more comfortable weather was welcomed, it also made me think of those early fall days when high school football is the dominate

MondayDecember 3, 2018

Three Solid and Deserving #1’s!!!

The 2018 high school football season came to a close shortly before 10pm this past Saturday night and when that final horn had sounded, one thing was very clear……the three champions that were crowned this past weekend in Wheeling were without question the three best teams in their respective classes and all were very deserving!

MondayNovember 26, 2018

It Is Deja Vu……All Over Again!!!

If you go back to the start of high school football practice for 2018 and then moving forward to this week of the Super Six, you will find we have spent 120 days just to arrive at about the same place we were  this same time last year! The teams for the 2018 Super Six

MondayNovember 19, 2018

A First Time For Everything!

And then, there were twelve!  Last weekend the quarterfinals in the high school football playoffs delivered very few “surprises”!  In the twelve games that were played, ten of the higher seeded teams won, leaving only an “upset” in Class AA….#12 Weir defeated #4 Nicholas County 63-43 and in Class A – #6 Williamstown winning over

MondayNovember 12, 2018

From 116 to 48 to 24…..

August 23rd, 2018 seems like a long, long time ago, yet from that Thursday night in late August when the first high school football games of the 2018 season were played until today, those 82 days have really flown by!  And, in those 82 days we have seen the number of high school football teams

MondayNovember 5, 2018

The “Second Season” Is Set To Go!!

As we enter the first full week of November, all but forty-eight high school football teams across the state are putting their football gear into storage and probably going over the many “what-ifs” from this season that just ended and also quite possibly already dreaming about the good things that might come their way in

MondayOctober 29, 2018

Regular Season Curtain Closes Friday Night!

With 51 games scheduled for this Friday night in WV High School Football, the regular season will come to a close for 50 state high school football teams……the reason for the odd number of teams is Keyser will play at Mountain Ridge, Md!  Fifteen other teams finished up the 2018 high school regular season last

MondayOctober 22, 2018

Two Weeks and Counting!

Week number ten is here and for some teams across the state it signals the end of the 2018 high school football season!  As we get ready to tee it up this Friday night, 15 teams will be playing their last regular season game for this year.  The good news is, with a win more

MondayOctober 15, 2018

3-3, 4-4, 6-2 = 13-9!!

Regardless of what we are involved in, everything seems to come down to just the numbers!  The same is true for high school football…..it’s all about the numbers!  And, as we enter into week number nine of the 2018 season, it is certainly the “won/loss” numbers that every coach and player is looking at! At

MondayOctober 8, 2018

The End is in Sight!

As we enter week #8 of the high school football season, it is quite obvious the 2018 campaign is winding down rather quickly for the 116 high school teams that play football in West Virginia! Heading into the home stretch, we still have 15 teams that are undefeated….4 in Class AAA, 5 in Class AA

MondayOctober 1, 2018

Are We Heading Toward A Repeat In All Three Classes?

When the 2017 high school football season officially ended Saturday night, December 2nd, 2017, over the course of the two day 2017 Super Six weekend, we had crowned 3 State Champions.  In Class AAA, the Martinsburg Bulldogs won their 2nd straight big schools title and also completed their 2nd straight 14-0 season.  In Class AA,

MondaySeptember 24, 2018

Most Teams Are Halfway Finished!

Please tell me it’s not true!!!  Most teams are really halfway finished with their 2018 high school football schedule?  Well, as they say in the accounting world…..the numbers don’t lie! Here is the way it breaks out for each Class: In Class AAA:  21 of 29 teams have played 5 games and that equals:  72%

MondaySeptember 17, 2018

It Just Keeps Getting Better!

High School Football is like a lot of other great things…..it just gets better with age!  Last week marked week #4 of the 2018 season and we had some really great games! Now for starters, the week itself was unlike anything I can remember!  With the threat of Hurricane Florence influencing the weather in WV

MondaySeptember 10, 2018

Bad Weather, Late Kick-offs, Even A “No Contest”!

Last Friday night proved to be a challenging one for most teams across the state!  And, I say most teams, because even with all of the rain and all of the delays, several teams had their games go off without a hitch! However,a lot of those that were affected by the rain saw some messy

TuesdaySeptember 4, 2018

“AAA”, “AA” Constant – “A” A Little Unsettled!

With the first two weeks of the 2018 high school football season now behind us, it is evident this season is going to be as predictable as the last several!  And in that I mean, at least in Class AAA and Class AA, the teams that  everyone thought were going to be the teams near

MondayAugust 27, 2018

Few Surprises in Week #1, If Any!

Week number one of the high school football season kicked off last Thursday night with some exciting games and that excitement certainly continued with the 55 games played on Friday night around the state. We always expect a few surprises in week number one of the season, but this past week found very few.  A

MondayAugust 20, 2018

Who Is Your Favorite For 2018?

It is indeed that very special time of the year…..it is game week for the 2018 high school football season and time once again for those “Friday Night Lights”! Before we begin our weekly thoughts of what lies ahead for the 2018 season, let us first recap 2017 with a quick trip back to December