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.

The balance of power in Mountain State Athletic Conference football used to reside squarely in Kanawha County, with Capital, George Washington and South Charleston leading the way.

I started following Gonzaga basketball about 20 years ago when I drew the Zags out of a hat in our NCAA office pool two straight seasons, right about the time their program started taking off.

When Princeton dropped out of the Mountain State Athletic Conference in February and accepted the subsequent scheduling “death penalty,’’ a lot of people wondered how quickly the Tigers could get a football schedule together and just who they might play.