WHEELING — Following his transfer, Malakai Brown went from one of the state’s most recognizable players to playing a reduced role. But he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Senior quarterback J.J. Roberts was selected as the player of the year and Luke Salmons the coach of the year as Cabell Midland swept the top two individual honors on the All-Mountain State Athletic Conference football team.
WHEELING — Cabell Midland was able to survive one of Martinsburg’s patented barrages on Saturday, but the second one did in the Knights for good.
There was a time early in the season when Cabell Midland coach Luke Salmons wondered if he had enough healthy backs to finish the game.
WHEELING — In the latest installment of the tortoise versus the hare, consider a good portion of the state shell-shocked.
When it comes to this year’s Class A championship game, it’s a prototypical case of a have versus a have-not.
Bridgeport has been tinkering with its offensive staple, the stick-I formation, in recent years and even deep into this season, the Indians continue to dabble with their traditional run-based attack.
Ethan Payne was the recognized ringleader of Poca’s renaissance last season, rushing for 1,100 yards and helping the Dots get back to the Class AA playoffs for the first time in eight years. Heady stuff for a program that just shook off a 39-game losing streak.
ONA — Cabell Midland’s linebackers might as well have been defensive linemen last week, with all lining up within 3 yards of the line of scrimmage.
Tim Meyer, who took Herbert Hoover to the Class AA playoffs four times and helped the program rebuild from the devastating floods of the Elk River in 2016, has stepped down as football coach.
ONA — Cabell Midland High School basketball coach J.J. Martin, track coach Chris Parsons and baseball coach Tracy Brumfield might want to sign up Cameron Grobe.
Quarterback Elijah Banks had three short touchdown runs and threw for two scores Saturday as Martinsburg overwhelmed Parkersburg South 77-20 in a Class AAA semifinal.
ONA — Cabell Midland’s defense outscored Spring Valley 14-0 Friday night and that only begins to tell the story of the unit’s dominance.
ONA — J.J. Roberts has watched one of Cabell Midland’s biggest rivals, Spring Valley, make three straight trips to Wheeling for the Class AAA championship game.
Carson Deeb threw four touchdown passes Friday night as Bluefield earned its third straight trip to the Class AA state finals, earning a 40-24 victory at top-seeded Fairmont Senior.
When Cabell Midland and Spring Valley lock up, there’s usually something big riding on the outcome. In Friday’s matchup, the stakes are as big as they get:
The numbers say that Spring Valley’s running game is behind the pace it set the previous three years, when the Timberwolves advanced to the Class AAA championship game each season.
Playing quarterback at Cabell Midland is a little different than most other places. OK, it’s a lot different.
POCA — When the long-expected rains started falling at halftime, it was natural to expect that the conditions favored Poca, the team with record-setting running back Ethan Payne. Especially after Oak Glen was limited to 42 rushing yards in the first half.
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