When Gov. Jim Justice delayed the start of the school year until Sept. 8 because of COVID-19 and effectively wiped out the first week of the high school football season in West Virginia, it sent coaches and athletic directors across the state scurrying to find a 10th game for their teams.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ninth in a series. Staff writer Rick Ryan has seen a lot come and go in his newspaper career. Following are recollections from his days at the Wheeling Intelligencer (1978-90), Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times (1990-94) and Charleston Gazette-Mail (1994-2020).

Certainly, some people were disappointed when the Friday Night Rivals North-South All-Star Football Classic announced Wednesday that it had to postpone the 67th installment of its game until July 10, pending approval from state and local authorities because of the coronavirus pandemic.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Eighth in a series. Staff writer Rick Ryan has seen a lot come and go in his newspaper career. Following are recollections from his days at the Wheeling Intelligencer (1978-90), Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times (1990-94) and Charleston Gazette-Mail (1994-2020).

EDITOR’S NOTE: Sixth in a series. Staff writer Rick Ryan has seen a lot come and go in his newspaper career. Following are recollections from his days at the Wheeling Intelligencer (1978-90), Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times (1990-94) and Charleston Gazette-Mail (1994-2020).

EDITOR’S NOTE: Fourth in a series. Staff writer Rick Ryan has seen a lot come and go in his newspaper career. Following are recollections from his days at the Wheeling Intelligencer (1978-90), Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times (1990-94) and Charleston Gazette-Mail (1994-2020).

EDITOR’S NOTE: Third in a series. Staff writer Rick Ryan has seen a lot come and go in his newspaper career. Following are recollections from his days at the Wheeling Intelligencer (1978-90), Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times (1990-94) and Charleston Gazette-Mail (1994-2020).

EDITOR’S NOTE: Second in a series. Staff writer Rick Ryan has seen a lot come and go in his newspaper career. Following are recollections from his days at the Wheeling Intelligencer (1978-90), Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times (1990-94) and Charleston Gazette-Mail (1994-2020).

In all the years I’ve covered high school football in West Virginia (hint: it goes back to the 1970s), I can’t recall a season quite like this one when it comes to the Kennedy Award.