PARKERSBURG — Brandon Penn’s athletic ability on the football field was obvious to anyone who had seen him play at the safety position his first three years as a Parkersburg South Patriot.
After eight state championships in the last 10 seasons and finishing the last four seasons undefeated, Martinsburg High football coach Dave Walker is reportedly headed to the college ranks.
For Mingo Central wide receiver Drew Hatfield, there isn’t much he hasn’t already accomplished on the gridiron in his Miners career.
It’s going to be pretty interesting, to say the least, for the Martin brothers for the next three years when they’re both back home on the West Side.
Very few people predicted Oak Glen to make a run in the West Virginia Class AA state playoffs this year. However, four years ago, when Michael Lemley was a freshman, he and his teammates knew that they had a class full of athletes and playmakers.
Martinsburg has ruled high school football for the soon-to-conclude decade. The Bulldogs’ eight Class AAA state championships in 10 seasons provide all of the necessary evidence.
The 2019 high school football season at the Class AA level was crowded with record-setting performances on both sides of the ball.
WEST UNION — For most of the latter part of the 2019 season, Doddridge County held the No. 1 rating in Class A football.
WHEELING — To simply call Jacob Rine a game manager is perhaps a disservice to his skills. Because the smallish senior managed to save the biggest game of his career for the biggest stage.
WHEELING — With less than five minutes to go in the second quarter, Cabell Midland had visions of pulling an upset against a Martinsburg team that has dominated Class AAA for years.
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.
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