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Derek Taylor

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GW rolls over Parkersburg 38-7


PARKERSBURG — George Washington’s two-touchdown lead still looked tenuous early in the second quarter Friday night, but an interception deep in its own territory and a 98-yard d...

Pratt cements role as Capital’s unquestioned leader


Tyrhee Pratt had plenty of talent surrounding him in his first three years as the starting quarterback at Capital High School.

That actually hasn’t changed now that Pratt is a senior. What has changed, howev...

George Washington opens prep football season at Parkersburg


George Washington’s string of seven consecutive Class AAA playoff appearances wasn’t undone in one 2014 night, but there was one that seemed to spell doom for the streak over others.

The Patriots (5-5...

Capital begins defense of AAA football title vs. Riverside


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Being a high school game, there’s no line on Thursday’s 2015 football season o...

Prep football notebook: GW surprises with MSAC performance


The Mountain State Athletic Conference Grid-o-rama largely went as expected Friday and Saturday at University of Charleston Stadium.

Capital and Cabell Midland flexed their might against outmanned opponents Winfiel...

Mackey shines in George Washington’s scrimmage vs. Huntington


All it took was a couple sentences and a quote from Dana Holgorsen and George Washington High School found itself with a quarterback controversy coach Steve Edwards Jr. never knew existed.

At the Mountain State Ath...

Martin latest freshman talent at Capital


Freshman standouts are becoming commonplace in the Capital High School football program.

Keion Wright, the school’s all-time rushing leader, made a big splash in his freshman year of 2007. Quarterback and We...

Prep football: MSAC Grid-o-rama starts tonight


The top two high school football teams from 2014 will highlight tonight’s opening night of the Mountain State Athletic Conference Grid-o-rama.

Defending Class AAA state runner-up South Charleston will play t...

Prominent & Dominant: 2-platoon system works for Cabell Midland and Donahue


The two-platoon system brought to Cabell Midland by coach Luke Salmons when he arrived in 2011 was questioned by many throughout the Mountain State Athletic Conference.

“This is West Virginia, there’s...

Versatile Jackson gives Huntington options on offense


HUNTINGTON — It was easy enough to write off Huntington’s playoff chances when starting quarterback Clark Wilson tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a game against Parkersbur...

Prominent & Dominant: Anderson focused on getting Magnolia back to playoffs


NEW MARTINSVILLE — Tyler Anderson is somewhat of an anomaly as an offensive leader for Magnolia High School.

The Blue Eagles, steeped in tradition as a pass-happy team that has p...

Capital’s Adkins goes from boot camp to training camp


Capital football coach Jon Carpenter has a quip and term for pretty much everything.

For instance, his term for players who skip offseason workouts then show up for the first day of preseason practice indicates suc...

Capital coach confident about returning personnel


Capital High School has produced exactly one Kennedy Award winner in its 26 years of fielding football teams that have won four Class AAA state championships.

Cougars coach Jon Carpenter was suddenly struck with th...

Healthy Casto ready to get started with Nitro


Nitro’s football team spent its three-week out-of-season coaching period getting familiar with itself and first-year coach Bryce Casto.

The immediate period leading to Casto’s first preseason coaching...

New faces abound as prep football practices begin


While several high school football programs set the start time on their 2015 seasons at 12:01 a.m. this morning, the coach of the reigning Class AAA state champion has set his agenda to include significantly less fanfare...

Capital, SC remain in Class AAA football spotlight


The second All-Kanawha County state championship game since 2008 to determine the state’s Class AAA titlist saw Capital win its first crown since 1995, yet might also have been a preview of what the 2015 season wi...

Bridgeport has taken ownership of Class AA


In December of 2011, Bridgeport football coach Josh Nicewarner bemoaned the results of recently released school classifications that saw the Indians make a move from Class AAA to Class AA for the 2012-15 school years.

Power rallies for win, now hits the road


West Virginia Power manager Brian Esposito was cryptic in his assessment of the team’s come-from-behind 8-7 win over Lexington on Monday night at Appalachian Power Park, but he was also to the point.


Derek Taylor: BOE made the correct call on SSAC proposal


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