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2013 BDT Blitz looks to enhance enjoyment of football season By BRIAN WOODSON Bluefield Daily Telegraph BLUEFIELD — Another football season is less than a week away. Inside here — and at bdtblitz.com — is a thorough look at the upcoming season and what it might hold for 20 area high schools and six regional college football teams. The small, but dedicated Daily Telegraph sports staff — and plenty of other folks — have spent much of August working on this information, traveling from Hurley to Blacksburg and from Bradshaw to Lindside in an effort to educate all of us on what the season ahead may hold. Is there a state championship on tap in 2013? Let’s hope so. The last Four Seasons Country team to claim a title was Bluefield in 2009. In fact, area clubs won five state titles in a six-year span from 2004-09, but there has been a short drought, with Honaker losing in the Virginia Group A, Division I state finals last December. Each of 20 area high school teams are featured in this publication. In addition to a short preview on each clubs, there are photos, rosters, schedules, predictions and more.
The Bluefield Daily Telegraph sports staff, left to right, includes sports editor Brian Woodson, Tom Bone and Bob Redd There is also a prep Top 20, which each of the teams ranked for expectations ahead, along with a stats page with a brief history of all the schools. Six college teams will also be seeking championships of their own this season, with Concord beginning its first season in the fledging Mountain East Conference. Bluefield is in his second straight year on the gridiron, finishing 0-11 last season in its first action in 71 years. Both West Virginia and Virginia Tech are looking to bounce back from disappointing 7-6 campaigns, while Marshall and Virginia are hoping for a return to
postseason play. Inside this publication is a preview article of each of the six college programs, along with an article and predictions on the leagues that are represented, including the ACC, Big 12, Conference USA, Mountain East and the MidSouth. While we hope you will use this publication for your enjoyment throughout the season, please remember that things change, especially the numbers for the players on the various rosters listed here. All we can do is list what we are given. Also, check out the bdtblitz.com site as well. Nineteen of the high
schools listed here are included, with team and individual photos, rosters, features, previews, standings, statistics, schedules, player of the week honorees, and a game of the week featured every Friday night during the season. Normally, this publication comes out on opening night, but it is a week early in 2013. That should give readers plenty of time to read over what is here and prepare for the upcoming season. We do ask for assistance in helping us cover all the teams in this publication. While we will try to have a representative at as many games as possible each Friday night, we have lost a few of our faithful ‘stringers’ to other jobs or even unfortunate death so it isn’t possible to be at all of them. Coaches are busy folks, but please appoint someone within your staff to call in results each Friday night as soon as possible after a game comes to an end. Also, we will accept recommendations for player of the week honors, and would love to get weekly updated statistics to run each week prior to another slate of games. All information can be emailed to the Daily Telegraph at email@example.com or call (304) 327-2813 daily after 4 p.m. Let the games begin.
Player of Week award to enter another season By BRIAN WOODSON Bluefield Daily Telegraph BLUEFIELD — Who will be the Mann in 2013? Ian Mann of Giles claimed the Pocahontas Coal Association/Bluefield Daily Telegraph Player of the Year Award in 2012 with an amazing season that included 2,328 yards
and 37 touchdowns, while leading the Spartans to a 10-2 record, the Three Rivers District title, and a berth into the second round of the VHSL playoffs. Turns out, Mann did all that, according to Giles head coach Jeff Williams, with a torn ACL that had to be repaired after the season. Who will turn in such a heroic
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effort in 2013? We will find out in the weeks ahead. Eleven different winners — one per week — will be chosen throughout the season, with a banquet held in December sponsored by the Pocahontas Coal Association. A player of the year and coach of the year — which last year was Honaker’s Doug Hubbard — will
also be honored on that special evening in Princeton. Of the 11 winners from last season, only four return, including the Richlands duo of Colton Staten and Gray Baker, River View’s Jordan Wilson and Jason Grose of Montcalm. All coaches are urged to make
CONTENTS ACC Preview Big 12 Preview Bland County Bears Blitz Introduction Bluefield Beavers Bluefield College Rams Concord Mountain Lions Conference USA Preview Giles Spartans Graham G-Men Grundy Golden Wave Haysi Tigers High school facts page Honaker Tigers Hurley Rebels James Monroe Mavericks Marshall Thundering Herd Mid-South Conference Preview Montcalm Generals Mount View Golden Knights Mountain East Preview Narrows Green Wave PikeView Panthers Player of Week Princeton Tigers Richlands Blue Tornado River View Raiders Summers County Bobcats Tazewell Bulldogs Top high school teams Twin Valley Panthers Virginia Cavaliers Virginia Tech Hokies Week-by-week schedule West Virginia Mountaineers Wyoming East Warriors
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How have teams fared over the last decade-plus in Four Seasons Country? By BRIAN WOODSON Bluefield Daily Telegraph
2012 Final Standings
BLUEFIELD — Our records only go back so far, but here is a brief look at a few facts for each of the 20 high school football teams in the Daily Telegraph coverage area. Schools are listed by state, and are listed in terms of winning percentage since 2001. Richlands has the best record of any school in the area since 2001, followed by Giles, Bluefield and James Monroe. Only nine of the 20 teams have records over .500 over the last 12 years, and only three of nine West Virginia schools have broken even during that span. Six of the 20 schools have won state championships, including Bluefield with 10. Graham and Giles have three apiece, while Richlands has two, with Tazewell and Wyoming East winning it all once apiece. Check it out, there are more than a few interesting tidbits below. ———
(In order of percentage since 2001)
1. Bluefield (2012 record, 9-3). Class AA. Head coach: Fred Simon. Last playoff appearance, 2012, 2nd round, lost to Robert C. Byrd 34-20. Record since 2001:10741 .723. State championships: 10 (last in 2009). 2. James Monroe (2-8). Class AA. Head coach: John Mustain. Last playoff appearance, 2009, 1st round, lost to Ravenswood 24-14. Record since 2001: 97-43, .693. State championships: 0. 3. River View (2012, 6-5) Class AA. Head coach: Gehrig Justice (1st season). Last playoff appearance, 2012, 1st round, lost to Bridgeport 54-6. Record since 2010: 23-11 .676. State championships: 0. 4. Princeton (2-8). Class AAA, Mountain State Athletic Conference. Head coach: Randy Peek. Last playoff appearance, 2009, 1st round, lost to Brooke 3317. Record since 2001: 53-71, .411. State championships: 0 5. Mount View (3-7). Class AA. Head coach: Todd McCoy. Last playoff appearance, 2006, 1st round, lost to Grafton 33-14. Record since 2001: 51-75, .405. State championships: 0. 6. Wyoming East (7-4). Class AA. Head coach: Gary Poindexter. Last playoff appearance: 2012, 1st round, lost to Scott, 46-16. Record since 2001: 46-69, 400. State championships: 1 (1999). 7. Summers County (7-4). Class AA. Head coach: Nathan Tanner.
78 years and still going... Mitchell Stadium in Bluefield has been the scene of high school football games since Princeton and Bluefield first meet in 1935. Last playoff appearance: 2012, 1st round, lost to Frankfort 38-7. Record since 2001: 41-88, .318 State championships: 0. 8. Montcalm (5-4): Class A. Head coach: Jimmy Redmond. Last playoff appearance: none since 2001. Record since 2001: 2987 .250. State championships: 0. 9. PikeView (0-10). Class AA. Head coach: Bobby Wyatt. Last playoff appearance, 2010, 1st round, lost to Chapmanville 30-14. Record since 2001: 24-99.195. State championships: 0
(In order of percentage since 2001)
1. Richlands (9-2). Group A, West Section, Division 2. Head coach: Greg Mance. Last playoff appearance, 2012, l1st round, lost to Cave Spring 31-6. Record since 2001: 126-27, .824. State championships: 2 (last in 2006), 2. Giles (10-2). Group A, West Section, Division 2. Head coach: Jeff Williams. Last playoff appearance, 2012, l2nd round, lost to John Battle 37-14. Record since 2001: 106-37, .741. State championships: 3 (last in 2005).
3. Haysi (8-4). Group A, West Section, Division 1. Head coach: James Colley. Last playoff appearance, 2012, 2nd round, lost to Clintwood 45-0. Record since 2001: 90-40, .692. State championships: 0. 4. Honaker (13-2). Group A, West Section, Division 1. Head coach: Doug Hubbard. Last playoff appearance, 2012, Division 1 state championship game, lost to George Wythe 20-13. Record since 2001: 89-47, .654. State championships: 0. 5. Graham (7-4). Group A, West Section, Division 2. Head coach: Mike Williams. Last playoff appearance, 2012, 1st round, lost to Union 34-26. Record since 2001: 80-60, .571. State championships: 3 (last in 1995). 6. Grundy (4-7). Group A, West Section, Division 2. Head coach: Jeremy Ward. Last playoff appearance, 2012, 1st round, lost to Fort Chiswell 44-3. Record since 2001: 67-66, .504. State championships: 0. 7. Hurley (6-5). Group A, West Section, Division 1. Head coach: Greg Tester. Last playoff appear-
ance, 2012, 1st round, lost to Rural Retreat 32-6. Record since 2001: 54-71, .432. State championships: 0. 8. Narrows (1-9). Group A, West Section, Division 1. Head coach: Kelly Lowe. Last playoff appearance, 2009, 1st round, lost to Bath County 48-7. Record since 2001: 51-76, .402. State championships: 0. 9. Tazewell (2-9). Group A, West Section, Division 2. Head coach: Shane Allen. Last playoff appearance, 2012, 1st round, lost to Marion 42-6. Record since 2001: 47-82, 364. State championships: 1 (1986). 10. Bland County (0-10). Group A, West Section, Division 1. Head coach: Harris Hart. Last playoff appearance, 2008, 1st round, lost to Bath County 17-13. Record since 2001: 44-77, .364. State championships: 0 11. Twin Valley (1-9). Group A, West Section, Division 1. Head coach: Tommy Crigger. Last playoff appearance, 2004, 1st round, lost to Northwood 42-22. Record since 2001: 23-98 .190. State championships: 0.
Virginia Southwest District District Overall Richlands 4-0 9-2 Marion 3-1 7-4 Tazewell 2-2 2-9 Abingdon 1-3 4-7 Carroll County 0-4 2-8 Mountain Empire District Fort Chiswell 5-0 10-2 Grayson County 4-1 9-2 Graham 3-2 7-4 Galax 2-3 7-4 Narrows 1-4 1-9 Bland County 0-5 0-10 Black Diamond District Honaker 4-0 13-2 Haysi 3-1 8-4 Grundy 2-2 4-7 Hurley 1-3 6-5 Twin Valley 0-4 1-9 Three Rivers District Giles 5-0 10-2 Floyd County 4-1 7-4 Glenvar 3-2 5-6 Radford 2-3 3-8 Eastern Montgomery 1-4 4-7 Auburn 0-5 0-10 West Virginia Class AAA Princeton 2-8 Class AA Bluefield 9-3 Summers County 7-4 Wyoming East 7-4 River View 6-5 Mount View 3-7 James Monroe 2-8 PikeView 0-10 Class A Montcalm 5-4 ——— Records since 2001 by winning percentage Team Pct. 2012 rank 1.Richlands .824 1 2. Giles .741 4 3. Bluefield .723 5 4. James Monroe .693 3 5. Haysi .692 7 6. River View .676 2 7. Honaker .654 6 8. Graham .571 8 9. Grundy .504 9 10. Hurley .432 12 11. Princeton .411 10 12. Narrows .402 11 13. Mount View .405 13 14. Wyoming East .400 16 T15 Bland County .364 14 T15 Tazewell .364 15 17. Summers County .318 17 18. Montcalm .250 18 19. PikeView .195 19 20. Twin Valley .190 20 State Championships Bluefield (10) ‘09, ‘07, ‘04, ‘97, ‘84, ‘75, ‘67, ‘65, ‘62, ‘60. Graham (3) ‘95, ‘89, ‘62 Giles (3) ‘05, ‘93, ‘80 Richlands (2) ‘06, ‘92 Tazewell (1) ‘86 Wyoming East (1) ‘99
Daily Mail Prep Poll CLASS AAA 1. Martinsburg (9) 2. Morgantown 3. Capital (1) 4. Cabell Midland 5. Huntington 6. University 7. South Charleston 8.George Washington (tie) Spring Valley (tie) Wheeling Park Others: Hurricane 14, Oak Hill 10, Washington 4, Parkersburg 3, Woodrow Wilson 2, Lewis County 1, Musselman 1, Princeton 1. CLASS AA 1. Wayne (10) 2. Keyser 3. Bridgeport 4. Bluefield 5. Robert C. Byrd
6. Chapmanville 7. Frankfort 8. Fairmont Senior 9. Wyoming East 10. Scott Others: Summers County 14, River View 8, Nicholas County 7, Sissonville 7, Philip Barbour 6, Ritchie County 6, Lincoln 4, Braxton County 2, Herbert Hoover 2, Independence 1, Mingo Central 1, Webster County 1. CLASS A 1. Wahama (5) 2. Wheel Central (5) 3. Madonna 4. Magnolia 5. Greenbrier West 6. St. Marys 7. Clay-Battelle 8. Williamstown 9. Tucker County 10. Moorefield Others: Montcalm 3,
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Richlands the pick for top team, but others are closing in By BRIAN WOODSON Bluefield Daily Telegraph BLUEFIELD — It has become tradition in recent seasons for Richlands to be the considered the top football team in Four Seasons Country, at least prior to the season. Why not again? Richlands finished 11-1 in 2011, and 9-2 last season, and no one is happy about it. That’s because the Blue Tornado is just 1-2 in the postseason during that span, including a first round exit from the playoffs in 2012. Don’t look for that to happen again, as Richlands — and Tazewell — begin play in Group A, Division 2 for the first time this season. Here is a guess on how the 20 teams represented in the region will finish up in 2013. 1. Richlands (9-2, in 2012, direction; up): Better win big this season. The senior-dominated Blues will hit hard by graduation after this season. Despite the loss to Todd McGlothlin, A.J. Johnson and Michael Horton to graduation, Richlands can still boast Gray Baker and Colton Staten on offense, Frank Taylor and Anthony Cordle on defense, a large and experienced offensive line, and Ben Brown, who can contribute on both sides of the ball, and will kick and punt. The schedule will be more difficult, including the much-anticipated trip to Bluefield, but these Blues should go far into the Division 2 playoffs. 2. Bluefield (9-3, up): Bluefield will have its usual speedy backfield, led by D.J. Stewart and converted quarterback D.J. Edwards, while Corey Coppola will provide another dimension, by simply over and through the opposition. R.J. Bourne will serve as quarterback, while the Beavers look to surround Cody Gore with capable help on the line. The defense was poor last season, but looked good in a scrimmage with Christiansburg, showing a willingness to play physical football. The Beavers will host Richlands in a much-anticipated contest on Oct. 4. 3. Graham (7-4, up): Two seasons in Division 2 have yielded a pair of playing appearances, but no wins. The G-Men hope to change that in 2013 against a schedule that will include Bluefield, Richlands and Giles, along with the competitive Mountain Empire District slate. Graham will have to develop its
Hat trick... Graham’s Cody Hatfield led the G-Men to a 7-4 record as a senior last season.
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Looking for more wins... Montcalm’s Jason Grose, Dakota Lanter and Ryan Absher look to lead the Generals to their second straight winning season. backfield, with Colby Hill replacing Spencer Sheets at quarterback, and Cody Hatfield’s 1,000 yards will also have to be replaced. Chase Asbury will leave a veteran offense line, while Hunter Cook will pace a physical defense that has taken on the demeanor of head coach Mike Williams. 4. Honaker (13-2, down): The direction isn’t anything against the Tigers, but 13 wins and an appearance in the Group A, Division 1 state championship game can be hard to top. Honaker returns a pair of two-way starters from last season, but lost 14 seniors, including quarterback Ty Hall, who will be replaced by Casey Dye. Honaker is the favorite to win a fourth straight Black Diamond District title. 5. Giles (10-2, even): Jeff Williams’ first goal is a winning season, but these Spartans could do more than that. Giles will be led by Brett Whitlow and Dusty Boggess on offense, along with a solid offensive line spearheaded by Cody Rhodes. Finding a center to run the single wing will be key, while the defense will try to improve its play down the stretch as the Spartans look for a third straight Three Rivers District crown. 6. Princeton (2-8, up): The
schedule is difficult, but these Tigers appear transformed after a year in the weight room with Randy Peek, and could be poised for its first playoff run since 2009. The backfield is speedy with Tahj Sho-Johnson and Jay Palmer, while Devin Allen will run over anyone who happens to get past All-Class AA preseason guard Corey Harsanyi. If Princeton can stay healthy, improve its tackling and survive a grueling four-week MSAC stretch in midseason, then the Tigers could be back. 7. Mount View (3-7, up): If experience counts, the Golden Knights could be on the way back. Mount View snapped a 31-game losing streak last season under firstyear coach Todd McCoy, and have plenty back, including talented running back LaQuell Martin and quarterback Chris Muncy. In all, 10 starters return on offense and all 11 starters are back on defense. Mount View could be looking for its first playoff appearance in 2006. 8. River View (6-5, even). Gehrig Justice takes over from Mitch Estep in Bradshaw, and has a squad that could make a fourth straight playoff run. Jordan Wilson returns as one of the top skill players in the area, while Tyler Blankenship has potential as an all-state performer. Estep
installed the Winged-T for years, but Justice has switched to the spread, with Ryan Blankenship lining up behind center. 9. Wyoming East (7-4, even): Wyoming East rolled to the playoffs last season for the first time in several years, and the goal this year is to win a game or two in the postseason. Jacob Summe and Christian Hedinger are both allstate caliber talents for the Warriors. Coty Bishop leads the defense, that played well last season. 10. Summers County (7-4, even): The Bobcats made a rare playoff run last season, and could do the same with Isaiah Brown and T.J. Smith on their side. Those are two explosive players on both sides of the ball. Nathan Tanner, a standout at Giles and Concord, has taken over as head coach. He can also call upon Erik Lindsey, Matt Ryan and the offensive line is paced by 315-pound Jacob King. 11. Haysi (8-4, even): Haysi might be a small school, but the Tigers can churn out skill players, such as this year’s senior duo of Jeffrey Bowen and Taylor O’Quinn. Bowen ran for 1,300 yards and scored 24 touchdowns last season for Haysi, which advanced to the second round of the playoffs. James Colley has always been able to develop quarterbacks, and the 32-year coaching veteran has another good one in Jalen Sykes. 12. Tazewell (2-8, up): Finally, a coach who has remained in Tazewell for more than one season. Shane Allen’s Bulldogs snapped a long losing streak last
season and even made a playoff appearance. Malik Davis will serve as quarterback, and there are weapons to go with him in Jacob McReynolds, Carter Rasnick and Juwan Jordan. If the Bulldogs can survive four straight road games to start the season, Tazewell could make a significant improvement from recent years. 13. James Monroe (2-8, up): John Mustain is working to rebuild the Mavericks, who have endured consecutive two-win seasons. Reed McNeer will lead the attack from quarterback, as the Mavericks take to the air more often in 2013. 14. Grundy (4-7, up): Eleven starters and 15 seniors return for the Golden Wave, who will play former Southwest District foes Graham, Tazewell and Richlands this season. 15. Hurley (6-5, up): Greg Tester has build a solid program at Hurley, which will be seeking its sixth straight winning season. The next task to win a playoff game. 16. Montcalm (5-4, up): The Generals have a solid opportunity to grab two winning seasons in a row, which hasn’t happened since the Generals brought football back more than two decades ago. They even received votes in the Associated Press preseason poll. 17. Narrows (1-9, direction, up): Stay healthy and the Green Wave could be have its best season in recent memory. Six wins in four years hasn’t been fun, but with Joe Hall at quarterback and Rodney Perdue at tailback and a veteran offensive line and the Green Wave should be up to the revamped schedule that includes small schools Auburn and Montcalm. 18. Twin Valley (1-9, up): It’s been a long grind for the Panthers, who haven’t been to the postseason since . The Panthers do have talent, including Shannon Adams at quarterback and 1,000 yard rusher Carmeron Barbetto. 19. PikeView (0-10, up): PikeView will enter the season with a long losing skid. Bobby Wyatt has some weapons, including Hunter Moses and a strong offensive line so perhaps the Panthers can climb back up, much like seemingly every other program in Gardner has done in recent seasons. 20. Bland County (0-10, up): The small school Bears do have some experience back, and that could mean a win or two — or more — as Bland County seeks to improve its fortunes on the gridiron.
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2013 Bluefield Football Schedule Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8
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Potent offense, improved defense drives Beavers By TOM BONE Bluefield Daily Telegraph BLUEFIELD — The Bluefield Beavers have made the playoffs in nine of the past 10 years. Don’t be surprised if Fred Simon’s squad adds another playoff run this year, courtesy of a vigorous weight program and the excellence that the coaching staff demands. The offense, engineered by the head coach’s son “Fritz” Simon, can beat a team in multiple ways. The multitude of running backs on hand include probable starting
halfbacks D.J. Stewart and D.J. Edwards, since Montel Leggett is not on the team this fall. Simon said, “Other guys that might see action back there would be Brennan Wheeler, Charles Ross ... and Shadeed Fitzgerald.” Many backs saw time late in games last season. Simon cautioned, “Experience is really good, but there’s nothing like actually getting that game-type experience when it really counts, right when the game starts, being competitive.” “We’re probably looking at R.J. Bourne at quarterback,” Simon
said. And look for plenty of action from Corey Coppola, a 6-foot-4 junior who will start at tight end or “the tailback-slash-wing, whatever we’ve got to do to move him around,” Simon said. “He’s a multi-talented guy.” Also in the mix at tight end are 6-foot-5 Matthew Woodrum and 6foot-3 Brandon Lilly, who will also split wide. Justin Carter is the other wideout. Senior guard Cody Gore is the only true returning starter on the line. The other guard is probably D.J. Sims, with Matthew Belcher
or Skyler Dillow at center. FIghting for the tackle slots are Christian Russo, Justin Lightfoot and Jordan George. “Defensively, we’ve got some question marks,” Simon said a week into preseason evaluations. “I think we’re going to have a really good defense; we’ve just got to make sure we put all the pieces of the puzzle (together).” Coppola, Sims, Gore and Lilly have the upper hand to start as the front four. At inside linebacker, sophomore
No.Name Pos. Ht. Wt. 1 D.J. Stewart RB/DB 5’7 160 2 Dakoda Smalls WR/DB 5’9 173 3 Justin Carter WR/DB 6’1 183 5 D.J. Edwards QB/RB/DB 6’1 200 7 Matthew WoodrumTE/WR/DL 6’5 215 8 Jack Burress TE/LB 6’1 168 9 Brandon Lilly TE/WR/DL 6’3 203 10 Jordan Smith QB/DB 5’8 168 11 Charles Ross RB/LB 5’11 191 12 R.J. Bourne QB/LB 6’2 193 14 Marcus Santoro RB/DB 5’8 160 15 Brennan Wheeler RB/LB 6’1 197 16 Shadeed Fitzgerald RB/LB 5’7 165 19 Remington Dyson WR/DB 5’7 107 20 Marcus Mitchell RB/LB 5’9 178 21 Jordan Masterson TE/DL 5’11 189 22 John Neece RB/DB 5’7 130 23 Christian Oster RB/DB 6’0 151 25 Carlos Reed RB/DB 5’9 160 28 Bryan Morris WR/DB 5’11 177 30 Robert Castillo WR/DB 5’8 128 31 Brandon Epperson WR/DB 5’5 146 33 Anthony Mooney TE/DL 6’3 178 34 Brandon Hurt TE/DL 5’9 184 35 Gage Pennington WR/DB 5’11 143 40 Jachai Thomas WR/DB 5’8 136 42 Francesco Desiderio K 5’11 155 44 Daniel Barker WR/DB 5’10 165 45 Corey Coppola RB/TE/DL 6’4 233 50 Justin Lightfoot OL/DL 6’1 213 52 D.J. Sims OL/DL 6’0 230 53 Seth Silcox OL/DL 6’0 213 54 Cole Honaker OL/DL 5’10 223 55 Christian Russo OL/DL 5’11 247 56 Tim Herndon OL/DL 5’9 198 57 Jake Smith OL/DL 5’6 176 58 Isaac Carter OL/DL 6’1 185 59 Ashton Shaw OL/DL 6’1 181 60 Andrew King OL/DL 5’9 179 61 Hunter Miller OL/DL 6’2 225 62 Malik Craighead OL/DL 6’3 239 63 Edward Cox OL/DL 5’9 201 64 Cody Gore OL/DL 5’11 245 65 Seth Siers OL/DL 5’11 168 66 Skylar Lafon OL/DL 5’3 200 67 Tyler Copley OL/DL 5’8 177 68 Devin Blankenship OL/DL 6’3 260 70 Chris Taylor OL/DL 6’3 325 71 Caleb Maitland OL/DL 6’4 189 72 David Underwood OL/DL 5’8 246 73 Matthew Belcher OL/DL 6’0 270 74 Jordan George OL/DL 6’3 303 75 Randall Maxey OL/DL 6’1 190 76 Skyler Dillow OL/DL 6’3 260
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G-Men are bigger, stronger, looking for playoff success By BOB REDD Bluefield Daily Telegraph BLUEFIELD, Va. — The Graham G-Men got the 2012 season off to a good start by beating Bluefield for the first time in three seasons. The G-Men went on to compile a 7-3 record before losing in the first round of the Virginia state playoffs. This season the G-Men and third year head coach Mike
Williams look to get deeper into post-season play. “The kids have made a conscientious effort to work in the offseason and overall our strength is up immensely, our body weights are up,” Williams said. “We’ve got bigger kids, leaner kids, so by far of my three seasons here, this is the strongest and most physically fit group we’ve put out.” Leading Graham onto the grid-
iron will be junior quarterback Colby Hill (6’1 152 Jr.). A receiver and backup signal-caller last season, Hill is taking snaps as a starter for the first time since middle school. Williams has confidence in his signal caller. “He’s a really good football player and he’s a lot tougher than people might think he is, looking at him. He works hard, he lifts weights every day, never misses a
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kids, both have good speed and they’re both going to play for us and both are going to get some carries. It’s just a matter of how we’re going to distribute those.”
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workout and he’s physically tough,” Williams said. While Hill will replace Sheets at quarterback, the jury is still out as to who will replace the team’s leading rusher and receiver from 2012, Cody Hatfield. “We’re having competition for that now,” Williams said. “The two primary guys are Charlie Benfield (6’2 178 Sr.) and Kyshon Lee (5’7 178 Jr.). Both are physical, strong
No. Name Pos. 1 Bryce Farris WR/DB 3 Dequan Booker WR/DB 4 Paris Ballard RB/DB 5 Charlie Benfield WR/DB 6 Colby Hill QB/WB 7 Kyshon Lee RB/DL 8 Samuel Stowers K 9 Roman Workman QB/LB 10 Chase Sheets RB/LB 11 Hunter Cook WR/LB 12 Adam Carbaugh WR/LB 13 Tristan Evans WR/DB 14 Jake Tibbs OL/DL 15 Ben Meade QB/DB 16 Austin Holbrook WR/DB 17 D.J. Hagerman WR/LB 19 Adam Cole WR/DB 20 Mark Large TE/DL 22 Chris Tietz OL/DL 25 Dylan Cook RB/LB 30 John Dudeck RB/DB 34 Levi Stroupe RB/LB 35 Jacob Lester RB/DL 51 Adrian Gray OL/DL 52 John Jennings RB/DL 53 Canaan Looney OL/DL 54 Jaron Brown OL/DL 55 Alex Hicks OL/LB 56 Ethan Scott OL/DL 58 David Kelley OL/DL 60 Chase Asbury OL/LB 62 Cole Carter OL/DL 63 Channing MooneyOL/DL 64 Taylor Tibbs OL/DL 65 Tyler Malamisura OL/DL 66 Matt Fulp OL/DL 68 Colin Beavers OL/DL 70 Ethan Stirewalt OL/DL 71 Ben Kastner OL/DL 75 Chris Mounzer OL/DL 78 Daelan Caffee OL/DL 81 Jarrod Richmond TE/DL 82 Jake Matney TE/DL 88 Greg Rasnake TE/DL
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2013 Tazewell Football Schedule Aug. 30 at Virginia High Sept. 6 at Graham Sept. 13 at Sullivan Central Sept. 20 at Chilhowie Sept. 27 George Wythe Oct. 4 Marion Oct. 11 Richlands Oct. 25 Grundy Nov. 1 at Abingdon Nov. 8 Lebanon
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Improved Bulldogs stronger and determined By LARRY HYPES Bluefield Daily Telegraph TAZEWELL, Va. — One for all and all for one, say the Bulldogs. Shane Allen’s 2013 Tazewell gridders will give an increased meaning for teamwork on both sides of the ball. The 47 Bulldogs who finished two-a-days have often worked shoulder to shoulder for the past eight months, spent four days weekly in the weight room, and become familiar with the playbook as well as each other. “Our kids have worked and sweated together,” says Allen. “The players out there now know that the teammate beside them
has worked equally hard and that makes it much easier to block and tackle to help the other guy get the job done.” Eight Bulldogs will be playing both ways. Allen and his staff are filling gaps with experience — Tazewell has just three seniors including Carter Rasnick, Jacob McReynolds, and Austin Allison — as the Dogs welcome back their coach for the second year in a row, ending the revolving coaches merry-go-round that had gone on for the previous four seasons before Allen left Carroll County to take the reins last summer. “I was happy to get this (Tazewell) job and glad I’m here now,” said Allen, who led the Bulldogs to a 2-8 record and a
playoff appearance. Allen, who inherited a club that was 1-19 in the previous two years, has his staff focused on the fundmentals. “Blocking and tackling has become our No. 1 goal. In the past, it seemed like the players were always looking for something bad to happen and if it did, that just snowballed,” Allen said. “We got a couple of wins last year and that has turned around. You have to learn to win, to learn what it means to win, and we are on that track... “Whatever happened last year is past. We were glad to build some momentum and get a better feeling about our efforts but now we have new challenges.”
Tazewell, which plays its first four games on the road, will be led on offense by versatile quarterback Malik Davis, who missed much of last season with an injury. He will be joined in the backfield by Jacob McReynolds and Carter Rasnick. The receivers are talented, led by Jesse Mountain, Juwan Jordan and Nick Blankenship, along with tight end Daniel Smith. “Athletically, I think we match up well with any team on our schedule,” Allen said. “We have some speed, the ability to get to the perimeter. To defend us, the opposing team is not going to be able to man up all the time. We can give some folks problems on offense if we do our jobs.”
No. Name 2 Dakota Griffith 3 Malik Davis 4 Juwan Jordan 5 Diante Cecil 7 Givonte Tucker 8 Jesse Mountain 10 Brandon Coxton 11 Carter Rasnick 12 Dakota Crouse 13 Bubba Asbury 14 Nick Blankenship 15 T.J. Kitts 16 Jacob McReynolds 18 Dakota Kidd 20 Adam Allison 21 Josh Hayes 22 Derek Wallace 23 Jesse Absher 25 Jason Watson 26 J.P. Marnius 27 Chris Hall 31 Zach Hurley 42 Travis Gee 47 Tyler Wright 50 Alex Hayes 51 Corey Honaker 52 Andrew Collier 53 Trey Boothe 54 Andrew Comer 56 Eathan Parks 58 Jarrett Hager 59 Matthew Allison 60 Marty Wright 64 Austin Allison 65 Jacob Blackwell 66 Ben Buchanan 67 Jake Harrison 68 Kyle Lester 69 Larry Brown 70 Michael Puckett 72 Dallas Perry 73 Garrett Jessee 76 Robert Beavers 78 Jacob Cunningham 81 Daniel Smith 83 Hunter Mash 85 Cody Asbury 86 Josh Blackwell
Ht. 5’11 6’0 5’11 6’0 5’6 6’0 5’5 5’9 6’1 5’8 5’9 5’9 5’10 5’9 5’3 5’11 5’11 5’7 5’11 5’8 5’8 5’9 5’11 5’9 5’10 5’10 5’6 5’8 6’0 5’9 5’11 5’8 5’6 6’0 6’1 5’10 6’1 5’9 6’2 5’9 5’10 5’9 5’7 6’2 6’0 5’10 5’10 5’10
Wt. 139 211 144 238 173 175 140 185 178 142 155 158 183 170 105 196 175 122 178 156 143 160 176 203 230 202 205 204 270 200 292 193 156 229 247 227 270 235 241 218 216 238 238 248 202 180 151 210
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Richlands Blue Tornado
2013 Richlands Football Schedule Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8
Gate City at Union Graham at Lord Botetourt Virginia High at Bluefield at Tazewell Abingdon at Lebanon Grundy
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The Blue Tornado
First round playoff loss motivating Blue Tornado By BRIAN WOODSON Bluefield Daily Telegraph RICHLANDS, Va. — It wasn’t the way the Richlands football team wanted to spend Thanksgiving. “We got beat in the first round of the playoffs last year and went 9-2 and you just have that sour taste in your mouth,” Richlands head coach Greg Mance said. “That is the first time in 10 years we haven’t played on Thanksgiving day or been practicing so we were very upset about that. “This bunch has worked really hard in the weight room and we are just really excited to be back out here.” Richlands is 20-3 over the last two seasons, but the Blues are
just 1-2 in playoff games during that span. “It really adds fuel to the fire, these guys are very upset...” Mance said. “They were very devastated, they were in there crying afterwards and they went to work that next Monday in the weight room. We have had a great winter, great spring, great summer, about 60 kids, and I think they are ready to have a great season this year.” Mance has the backfield to run more of an “I” formation rather than the spread, led by a trio of dynamic athletes, including quarterback Gray Baker — who threw for 1,498 yards in seven games before a season-ending knee injury, Colton Staten — who dashed for 1,563 yards and 12
scores— and All-Region IV selection Frank Taylor. They will be protected by a huge offensive line that will include center Brett Compton, tackles Anthony Cordle and Brady Hess and the guard duo of Joey Robinette and Matthew Ball. “We have got two dynamic players in those two and then you have Frank Taylor at fullback,” Mance said. “He is going to be an outstanding football player for us and then the offensive line is going to be one of the biggest groups we have had and one of the strongest groups we have had... “Offensively I think we should be able to put some points on the board.”
With Todd McGlothlin and A.J. Johnson having graduated, Mance is looking at a different set of receivers, but does like Zeke Vance, Griffin McCauley and Ben Brown, who could be poised for a big season ahead. “(Benny) has got size, he attacks the football, he knows how to get open, and he is going to be a special player for us at wide receiver,” Mance said. “I think he can be an all-state receiver for us.” Mance is also excited about his defense, which will be led by Taylor and Benji Culpeper at linebacker, Cordle and Jared Sanders on the interior, and the secondary will include Brown and Vance.
No.Name Pos. Ht. 1Cade Mullins WR/DB 6’3 2Ben Brown WR/DB/K 6’1 3Taylor Ratliff RB/DB 5’10 4Patrick Jackson WR/DB 5’11 5Jay Harrison RB/NG 5’9 6Chace Collins WR/DB 5’7 7John Luke Asbury QB 6’0 8Landon Lowe TE/DE 6’2 9Alex Bandy RB/DB 5’8 11Gray Baker QB 6’2 12River Michaels TE/DE 6’2 13J.T. Anderson TE/DE 6’3 15Zach Northern WR/DB 5’9 16Dakota Johnson WR/DB 5’9 17Matthew Harris WR/DB 5’9 21Cory Alicie WR/DB 5’9 24Dillan Elswick RB/LB 5’8 25Frank Taylor RB/LB 6’1 27Bryce Wade FB/LB 5’10 30Colton Staten RB/LB 5’9 31Zeke Vance WR/DB 5’10 32Austin Carter WR/DB 5’10 33Austin Keen RB/LB 5’10 34Griffin McCauley RB/DB 6’1 37Cameron Hedrick WR/LB 5’9 40Donny Zheng WR/NG 5’9 42Benjamin Culpeper RB/LB 6’0 44Kevin Alley TE/DE 6’1 45Caleb Lankford WR/DB 6’1 50Paul Shortridge OL/DE 6’0 51Anthony Austin OL/DL 6’2 52Canaan Addison OL/LB 5’10 54Joey Robinette OL/DL 5’11 55Richard Compton OL/DL 6’0 56Justin Cruey OL/DL 5’8 58Hunter Hess OL/DL 6’0 59Austin Holmes OL/DL 5’10 60Jared Sanders OL/DL 6’2 61Kaleb Begley OL/DL 5’8 63Brett Compton OL/DL 6’1 64Cody Helton OL/DL 5’9 66Brady Hess OL/DL 6’2 67Luke Herndon OL/DE 6’1 68Isaac Gilbert OL/DL 5’11 70Devin Lawson OL/DL 6’2 71Matthew Ball OL/DL 6’0 72Danny Anderson OL/DL 6’0 74Chris Johnson OL/DL 5’9 75Landon Mance OL/DL 6’2 78Anthony Cordle OL/DE 6’5 80Tyler Cordle WR/LB 6’1 81Chandler Hylton RB/DB 5’8 88Dustin Carty TE/DE 6’3
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10 Friday • August 23, 2013
2013 Princeton Football Schedule Aug. 30 Shady Spring Sept. 6 Bluefield Sept. 13 at Capital Sept. 20 at Hurricane Sept. 27 Spring Valley Oct. 4 George Washington Oct. 11 at St. Albans Oct. 18 Riverside Oct. 25 Woodrow Wilson Nov. 8 at James Monroe
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Princeton seeks Peek performance for return to postseason By BRIAN WOODSON Bluefield Daily Telegraph PRINCETON — The Princeton Tigers have received Peek performance in preparing for another season on the gridiron. “The offseason was great,” Princeton head football coach Randy Peek said. “We started Dec. 4 and it was mandatory this year, we talked about accountability and the kids worked hard and
they responded.” Peek was tabbed to replace Ted Spadaro as Princeton head coach just days before practice began for the 2012 season. The Tigers never did catch up, finishing with a 2-8 record. “It was tough, it was really tough on the seniors,” Peek said. “They didn’t want that their senior year and I wouldn’t have wanted it either. I was dealt the same situation, but these kids that I have
right now, they have really responded and they have bought into what we are doing.” The result of that work has been a much larger collection of Tigers, not only in numbers, but in sheer size of individual players, such as quarterback Jay Palmer has gained 25 pounds since last season. “People who haven’t seen them in a while, they talk about the transformation,” said Peek, who
had 85 players begin offseason workouts, with 60 on the current squad. “We looked at the old pictures from last year and it is unbelievable how some of these kids look now.” Palmer is back, having combined for more than 1,700 yards last season. He will be joined in the backfield by speedy Tahj ShoJohnson, and the hard running
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. 1 Devin Allen RB/DB 5’11 180 2 Tahj-Sho Johnson RB/DB 5’7 165 3 Billy Jack Varney RB/DE 6’0 200 4 Aaron Saunders RB/DB 5’11 185 5 Jay Palmer QB/DB 6’0 185 6 Kevin Phillips RB/DB 5’10 160 7 Tyler Burchette WR/DB 5’10 130 8 Jared Hamm QB/DB 5’8 120 9 Khalil Douglas WR/DE 6’4 190 10 Tommy Law WR/DB 5’120 170 12 Kirkland Perdue QB/S 6’0 175 15 Christian Shafer QB/LB 6’2 85 19 Tyler Whitt WR/DB 5’8 130 20 Nathan Sink QB/DB 5’11 160 21 Grant Rotenberry WR/DB 6’3 175 22 Jordan Jones RB/DB 5’10 170 23 Turner Nelson RB.LB 5’9 170 26 Colton Fix K 5’11 170 27 Ryan Lankford WR/DB 5’11 135 28 Logan Baker RB/DB 5’7 160 29 Austin Fulp RB/DB 5’10 170 30 Hunter Keaton WR/LB 6’0 180 32 Hunter Price WR/LB 6’3 165 34 Josh Barton RB/LB 5’8 170 35 Josh Siemiaczko RB/LB 5’7 135 36 Chris Griffey WR/DB 5’10 140 38 Je’nye Hearn RB/DB 5’4 130 39 Kendall Harris WR/DB 6’0 150 40 Shane Harris WR/DB 5’7 140 42 Nick Mason RB/LB 5’9 160 44 Zack Standifur RB/DB 5’10 165 4 5Christian Workman G/DT 6’0 215 48 Josh Craighead RB/LB 5’9 150 50 Isaiah Edwards G/DE 6’0 230 51 Tyler Mullins G/LB 5’10 215 52 Heath Robinette T/LB 5’10 190 54 Hunter Christian T/LB 5’10 200 55 Nick Wood T/LB 5’9 185 56 Christian Marshall C/DT 5’11 265 58 Stanley Smith T/DT 5’8 260 62 Michael RotenberryG/DT 6’1 220 63 Corey Harsanyi G/DT 6’2 315 64 Tyler Clark T/DE 6’1 225 65 Clayton Rickman C/DT 5’9 230 66 Garrison Hartwell T/DE 6’5 240 67 Marty Midkiff G/DT 6’0 225 70 Dustin Miles C/DT 6’1 300 71 Mohamed Abdelwahed T/LB 5’10170 73 Bryson Shrader C/DT 5’10 210 74 Kwane Payne T/DT 6’6 295 75 Aaron Taylor G/DT 6’6 335 76 Aaron Cameresi T/DT 6’0 340 77 Houston Coburn G/DT 5’11 285 78 Mark Shaffer G/DT 5’10 250 80 Zen Clements WR/DE 6’5 210 81 Eric Paskowski K 6’2 180 82 Jaden Thorn WR/DB 5’9 145 84 Matt Burress WR/DB 5’6 140 85 Kegan Elkins WR/DB 5’7 130 88 Cole Cochran WR/DB 6’0 155
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2013 PikeView Football Schedule Aug. 30 at Summers County Sept. 6 Independence Sept. 13 at Liberty Sept. 20 James Monroe Sept. 27 Shady Spring Oct. 4 Greenbrier West Oct. 11 at Wyoming East Oct. 18 at River View Oct. 25 at Meadow Bridge Nov. 7 Midland Trail
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Panthers developing confidence in hopes of turnaround By TOM BONE Bluefield Daily Telegraph GARDNER — The PikeView High football team has gone from the peak of playoff appearances to the valley of 19 losses in their last 20 games. The climb back up is near, but will require a shot of confidence, believes head coach Bobby Wyatt. The offense is being revamped after “seeing the speed and athletic ability that we have,” he said. “We’re looking at a lot of spread looks, trying to open the field up and allow them to let their athletic ability take over.” “Hunter (Moses) rushed for almost 1,000 yards last year,” the coach said. “We’ll put Joe Jennings back there with him ... then we’ve got Daniel Brown, who will be able to relieve both of
them. They’re not far from what Hunter can give us. We won’t be losing a lot with any of the three in there.” Senior quarterback Chris McBride is a “very smart, intelligent kid (who) knows what everyone’s supposed to do,” Wyatt said. Another senior QB, Jonathan Jennings, who sat out the past two years, “could definitely be in there.” There are promising targets for the passers. Six-foot-4 Bradley Flinchum has “not the greatest of speed, but deceiving speed, and good hands,” Wyatt said. “He runs real sharp routes, and understands how to read the routes.” Tanner Farley is back from injury for his senior year. Steven Johnston is in contention, and sophomore Chris Shrader “has got great hands,” Wyatt said.
Ryan Roberts has been converted from running back to slot. “The big thing where I see improvement is going to be up front,” he said. Seniors Greg Butler and Richard Edwards have done serious off-season weightlifting and “are going to be the anchors that hold that line together, because they do have a couple of young ones in there with them.” Center Josh Hurley and guard Ethan Donley return with considerable experience. Other starting assignments could go to Trenton Cecil, freshman Ty Radford, or sophomore Ethan Smith. “He has hit the weight room and gotten stronger,” Wyatt said. Turning to defense, the coach said, “Even though our numbers are a little better this year than they were last, we’re still going to be looking at kids going both
ways.” “Last year, we were pretty bad defensively. This is something we’ve stressed so far (in) the preseason. We’ve got to find 11 people who want to go out there and attack the ball, attack the ballcarrier, and make some plays instead of sitting on their heels waiting to see what’s going to happen.” “Last year, we moved the ball offensively. We didn’t score a lot, but we moved the ball,” he said. “I don’t know that we stopped anyone last year.” The 4-3 defense will start with Edwards and Butler at inside tackles. Flinchum, Donley and Cecil will see time at defensive end. Middle linebacker Ethan Smith will “stick his nose in there,” Wyatt said. He’ll be flanked by Moses on one side, along with
No. Name 2 Justin Dickinson 5 Tyler Masters 7 Jonathan Jennings 10 Steven Johnston 12 Chris McBride 20 Justin Hopper 22 Nick Shrewsbury 23 Joe Jennings 25 Bradley Flinchum 30 Takota Bailey 32 Hunter Moses 33 Matt Looney 36 Jason Worley 39 Josh Ormandy 40 Ty Hoston 42 Ryan Roberts 44 Daniel Brown 45 Mick Chapel 47 Tanner Farley 50 Ethan Donley 52 Ethan Smith 55 Greg Butler 58 Ethan Kestner 63 Ty Radford 65 Richard Edwards 69 Trenton Cecil 70 Matthais Gaida 75 Josh Hurley 76 Hudson Shrewsbury 77 Tony Mills 80 Dustin Whitaker 81 Chris Shrader 82 Tony Chartarand 88 Zack Ruble
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Jonathan Jennings or McBride on the other. Farley, McBride and Shrader are in the running at the corners. Ryan Roberts and Justin Dickinson are contending to be strong safety; free safety could be Takota Bailey or Farley. To begin the turnaround, Wyatt said, “The big thing I’ve found out through the years is that you’ve got to have senior leadership. Last year I had three seniors on this team. ... This year, we have 10, so I look for a different personality and a different attitude.”
12 Friday • August 23, 2013
Mount View Golden Knights
2013 Mount View Football Schedule Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8
River View Man Tug Valley at Liberty at Wyoming East at Meadow Bridge at James Monroe Summers County Westside at Mingo Central
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Golden Knights striving for return to past prominence By BOB REDD Bluefield Daily Telegraph WELCH — The times, they are changing at Mount View High School. Last year the Golden Knights snapped a 33-game losing streak and second year head coach Todd McCoy believes this year could be a year in which the Knights return to prominence as 10 offensive starters and the entire defense returns.
“Our whole defense is basically back and our whole offense minus one kid, so we’re looking forward to it,” McCoy said. “The excitement is at the highest level I’ve seen since I’ve been here. We’ve changed a couple of positions around and moved a couple of kids around, but for the most part it’s just reloading the same kids and getting started.” Chris Muncy (6’1 200 So.) will begin his second year at quarterback. Joining him in the backfield
will be LaQuell Martin (5’10 170 Sr.) who rushed for 986 yards in 2012. The fullback spot will be shared by Jamari Perry (5’10 170 Sr.) and Monte Bailey (5’10 250 So.) both strong, speedy runners. Channing Vineyard (6’2 185 Sr.) will be the split receiver while the wingback will be either Andrew Hazzard (5’9 140 Jr.), Timmy Nowlin (5’10 130 Jr.) or Austin Dash ( 5’10 150 Jr.), all of whom have played the position. The tight end spot will be shared by
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Marquis Bonds (6’2 210 So.) and Marlin Marrs (6’1 225 Jr.). The Mount View line is big and experienced, anchored by fouryear starter C.J. Lester (6’4 285 Sr.) at center. Bryan Groves (6’1 210 Sr.), Joe Hunnell (6’ 245 Sr.) and Jahmel Scott (5’11 285 Fr.) will all get time at guard, with Jacob Ferrell (5’11 255 Sr.), Howard Bailey (6’2 215 Sr.) and Chris Burkes (5’11 310 Jr.) all at tackle positions. Look for Austin Shumate (5’10 195 So.) to also get
No.Name Pos. Ht. 1 Chase Burks WR/DB 5’9 2 LaQuell Martin TB/DB 5-10 3 Andrew Hazzard WR/LB 5-9 4 Jamari Perry TB/S 5’10 5 Marquis Bonds TE/LB 6’2 6 Austin Dash WR/LB 5’10 7 Channing Vineyard WR/LB 6’2 10 Chris Muncy QB 6’1 11 Timothy Nowlin WR/LB 5’10 12 Steven Brown QB 6’1 20 Treyvon RichardsonTB/DB 5’8 23 Joseph Hayes WR/LB 5’11 30 Terry Horn NG 5’9 32 Anthony Banks FB/DL 5’8 33 DaQuan Edwards WR/DB 6’3 35 Torrence Ward WR/DB 6’3 40 Monte Bailey FB/DL 5’10 44 Donnell Bonds FB/LB 6’4 50 Marlin Marrs OL/DL 6’1 54 Austin Shumate OL/LB 5’10 55 Austin Pannell OL/DL 6’3 56 Joseph Hunnell DT 6’0 57 Jacob Ferrell OL/DL 5’11 58 Cecil Lester OL/DL 6’4 60 Bryan Groves OL/DL 6’1 63 Tariq Carr OL/DL 5’9 67 Jaquaan Buie OL/DL 5’9 73 Howard Bailey OL/DL 6’2 74 Jhamel Scott OL/DL 5’11 75 Chris Burkes OL/DL 5’11 80 Mark Anderson WR/DB 5’9 81 Jaquane Imes TE/LB 6’1 83 Quavon Valentine WR/LB 5’8 88 Cody Morgan WR/DB 5’7 99 Antonio Padgett OL/DL 5’10
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time along the front. “We’re pretty deep on the offensive line, something we haven’t had here,” McCoy said. “I think we’ve got like 13 linemen. We’re pretty happy.” Defensively linebackers are the strength for the Golden Knights as they play a five-linebacker scheme. Look for Vineyard, Dash, Hazzard, Marquis Bonds and Donnell “Paco” Bonds (6’4 245 Sr.)
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River View Raiders
2013 River View Football Schedule Aug. 30 at Mount View Sept. 6 Buffalo Sept. 20 at Man Sept. 27 at James Monroe Oct. 4 Wyoming East Oct. 11 Bluefield Oct. 18 PikeView Oct. 25 at Nicholas County Nov. 1 at Lincoln County Nov. 8 at Westside
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Raiders working for continued success under Justice By BOB REDD Bluefield Daily Telegraph BRADSHAW — A new era is underway at River View High School. Mitch Estep, who guided the Raiders the first three years of the school’s existence has retired, replaced by assistant Gehrig Justice. River View has made the West Virginia Class AA playoffs each year they have stepped onto the gridiron. Justice hopes the run continues, but fans watching the Raiders play will see a different style of football. “I love the wing-T, but I don’t think our personnel fits the wingT,” Justice said. “Next year if it does and the year after that it
does, again I will go to it. Don Shula, the great coach for the Miami Dolphins in the ‘70s had (Larry) Czonka and they were a ower run team. Then Marino comes along and they throw it all over the place. That’s what my philosophy is.” Justice said his offense will be a lot like the one of Rich Rodriguez when he was at West Virginia University, a run-spread option and the featured backs will be Jordan Wilson (5’4 152 Jr.) and Greg Marshall (5’8 215 Sr.) “If you want to make a comparison to West Virginia, Wilson is a Noel Devine/Steve Slaton type of guy and Marshall is that Owen Schmitt type of kid,” Justice pointed out.
Joseph McClanahan (6’ 197 Sr.) and Tyree Baker (5’9 160 So.) are the wide receivers and the tight end is Demetrius Duff (6’1 204 Sr.). The O-line is big and experienced. Chris Mullins (6’3 219 Sr.) is the center, flanked by guards Tyler Blankenship (5’7 279 Sr.) and Tyler Walker (5’11 292 Jr.). The tackles are Roger Bolen (5’9 235 Jr.) and Steven Bowman (5’11 245 Jr.). “Defensively we’ll be in a 4-4 base but we’re going to switch it up as much as possible,” Justice said. “On defense we want to attack. We like to blitz and bring people. We will change it up as much as we can to try to cause some havoc but it’s basically a 4-4
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with different adjustments.” Along the defensive line Walker and Blankenship will be the tackles with Bowman getting into the mix. L.T. Horne (5’11 200 Sr.) is the nose tackle with Marshall, McClanahan and Chris Mullins (6’3 219 Sr.) rotating in the defensive end positions. Josh Click (6’2 184 Sr.) and Duff are middle linebackers, with Jeremy Crigger 5’8 173 So.) and Justin Ward (5’6 164 Jr.) on the outside. The defensive backfield will include Wilson, Baker, Austin Keen (5’11 142 Jr.), Matthew Thornsbury (5’6 132 Jr.) and Cody Howie (6’1 174 Fr.). There is one new team on the Raiders’ schedule for 2013 as
No.Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. 3 Michael Price QB/DB 5’5 125 Fr. 4 Garrett Hunt RB/LB 5’8 152 Jr. 6 Joseph McClanahan WR/DE 6’0 197 Sr. 7 Jordan Wilson RB/DB 5’4 152 Jr. 8 Justin Ward RB/LB 5’6 164 Jr. 9 Demetrius Duff TE/LB 6’1 204 Sr. 10 Tyree Baker WR/DB 5’9 160 So. 11 Cody Howie WR/LB 6’1 174 Fr. 12 Ryan Blankenship QB/DB 5’9 172 Sr. 13 Preston Mullins RB/DB 5’10 176 Jr. 14 Matthew Thornsbury QB/DB 5’6 132 Jr. 15 Nick Bailey WR/DB 5’3 156 So. 21 Isom Bailey RB/LB 5’9 140 Fr. 24 Austin Keen RB/DB 5’11 142 Jr. 25 Cody Reynolds QB/LB 5’5 154 Jr. 28 Zachary VanThyne WR/DB 6’0 134 Sr. 30 Brian Mitchell WR/DB 5’7 134 So. 31 Danny Gelsinger RB/DB 5’6 137 Fr. 32 Jeremy Crigger RB/LB 5’8 173 So. 33 Rodney Waldron WR/LB 5’4 113 Fr. 34 Austin Coleman WR/DB 5’7 167 Sr. 35 Andrew Marshall RB/LB 6’0 167 Fr. 40 Josh Click TE/LB 6’2 184 Sr. 42 J.T. Waddell TE/LB 6’0 137 Fr. 43 Brandon Meadows RB/LB 5’10 127 Sr. 44 L.T. Horne RB/LB 5’11 200 Sr. 45 Greg Marshall RB/DB 5’8 215 Sr. 50 Gage Nunley OL/DE 5’10 200 So. 51 Ryan Johnson OL/LB 5’9 182 So. 52 Austin Wade OL/LB 5’8 210 So. 53 Justin Riggs OL/DL 6’0 251 Fr. 55 Brian Blevins OL/LB 6’0 241 So. 56 Tyler Cooper OL/DE 5’11 213 Fr. 57 Jonathan McCoy OL/DL 5’11 241 So. 58 Cody Vanover T/NG 5’11 258 Jr. 63 Tyler Blankenship OL/DL 5’7 279 Sr. 64 Christian Nealen OL/DL 5’11 276 So. 65 Chris Mullins OL/DE 6’3 219 Sr. 66 Roger Bolen OL/LB 5’9 235 Jr. 70 James Sparks OL/DL 5’9 235 So. 72 Nathan Justice OL/DL 5’9 259 Jr. 73 Daniel Blankenship OL/LB 5’11 192 Sr. 74 Steven Bowman OL/DL 5’11 245 Jr. 76 Tyler Walker OL/DL 5’11 292 Jr. 81 Lane Mutter WR/DB 5’6 132 Fr. 82 Michael Duncan WR/DB 5’9 136 Jr. 83 Brandon Ball WR/LB 5’8 156 Fr. 84 Dustin Jackson TE/DE 6’1 172 Sr. 85 Matthew Robinette WR/DB 5’5 118 So. 86 Hunter Chance Stone TE/LB 5’11 185 So.
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Narrows Green Wave
2013 Narrows Football Schedule Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8
Auburn Eastern Montgomery at Montcalm at Giles at Rural Retreat Bland County Fort Chiswell at Galax at Grayson County Graham
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Enthuasiasm high at Narrows after summer alumni game By BRIAN WOODSON Bluefield Daily Telegraph NARROWS, Va. — Narrows is already 1-0 on the season. Confused? Actually, it was an alumni game in July, with the Green Wave defeating Bland County 26-6, but Kelly Lowe felt a buzz from his team even if it doesn’t count in the standings. “I think it was a great thing for Narrows High School. It was a really good deal, our fans are like our fans always are,” Lowe said. “They showed up and filled the place and got excited and it was just a great night and a great way to kick off high school football.” Narrows hopes to build off that experience in an attempt to improve on last year’s 1-9 campaign, which did snap an 18-game losing streak. “It is a thing where these kids
are coming in hungry this year, they have been working hard in the offseason,” said Lowe, whose Wave averaged 35 kids a day in the weight room this summer. “It is something that they are taking pride in and they are working hard in practice and they want to see good things happen.” Lowe was able to tweak the schedule, eliminating James Monroe and Craig County and adding small schools like Montcalm and Auburn. “It is giving us a chance to compete on our level,” Lowe said. Narrows will benefit from the return of senior quarterback Joe Hall, who played in just one game last season because of a broken collar bone, but did lead the Green Wave to a streak-snapping win over Bland County. “Joe is doing well, he is throwing the ball well,” Lowe said. “He is
playing with a lot of confidence right now in practice and he is really coming on for us.” With Hall back, Rodney Perdue can now return to running back in an offense that will be led this season by coordinator Joe Fraley. “That enables Rodney to go back to his natural position which is running back,” Lowe said. “Rodney got to play that against Bland and had a pretty good night.” Lowe is looking for plays from receiver Gavin Givens, tight end Terrance Martin and fullback Zach Skeens. “(Gavin) is very solid, he had a really good year for us last year and we are looking for some big things from him.” said Lowe, whose ‘Wave won’t have Chandler Burton, who has decided to focus on basketball this season. “(Martin) has got real good hands
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for such a big guy so he is going to be a weapon for us.” The offensive line — which will also be the defensive line — will be led by experienced seniors in Austin Lively, Jesse Perdue, Gage Munsey, Zach Fleeman and Jamie Scott. Hall and Jackson Blankenship will serve as linebackers, while Perdue and Givens work in the secondary. Dallas McKinney, Brandon Stowers, Drew Stowers, James Payne and Hall’s brother, Kyle, will also see the field. “The way these kids are working, they are working extremely hard and we have had really good turnouts in our weightlifting program,” Lowe said. “These kids have carried it over into practice and just getting a lot done because of the attitude and the work ethic of the kids and it has really been good so far.”
No.Name Pos. 3 Jackson BlankenshipQB/DB 4 Ethan Lowe TE/LB 5 Rodney Perdue RB/DB 6 Cody Collins WR/DB 8 Joe Hall QB/LB 9 Levi Meadows WR/DB 10 Gavin Givens WR/DB 11 Morgan Welch TE/LB 12 Chase Lawson QB/LB 14 Michael Kennett TE/DL 15 Kyle Hall WR/DB 17 Austin Wall WR/DB 20 Nolan Ferguson RB/LB 22 Bailey Snidow RB/LB 23 Brandon Stowers RB/LB 24 Zach Skeens RB/LB 30 Drew Stowers RB/LB 33 Devon Turner WR/LB 44 Blaize Hopkins WR/DB 50 James Payne OL/LB 51 Austin Turner OL/DL 52 Jake Skeens OL/DL 54 Austin Lively OL/DL 56 Gage Munsey OL/DL 57 Jamie Scott OL/DL 61 Kasey Page OL/DL 63 Andrew Bragg OL/DL 64 Jake Perdue OL/DL 65 Zach Fleeman OL/DL 71 Jake Russ OT/DL 72 Jesse Perdue OL/DL 74 Tyler Hartman OL/DL 75 Dallas McKinney OL/LB 76 Zach Parsell OL/DL 99 Terrance Martin TE/DL
Ht. 6’1 5’6 6’1 5’11 6’2 6’1 6’2 5’9 6’2 5’9 6’4 5’11 5’8 6’2 5’9 5’9 5’9 6’0 5’7 6’0 6’2 5’11 6’2 6’2 5’7 5’3 6’3 5’6 6’4 5’6 6’4 6’1 5’11 6’1 6’0
Wt. 175 150 175 150 160 152 185 160 180 165 140 155 171 200 175 155 165 155 130 179 195 180 212 249 185 190 175 190 265 210 276 223 165 243 250
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Ragsdale Field awaits the season opener on Aug. 30 against Auburn, which has lost 39 straight games, last winning on the opening week in 2009. “We are ready, we are ready to get it going, we still have a lot of work to do, but the kids are excited,” Lowe said. “We are just really excited and these kids have a great attitude, they have been working so we are looking forward to getting it going.”
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2013 Giles Football Schedule Aug. 30 Blacksburg Sept. 6 at Christiansburg Sept. 2 Narrows Sept. 27 at Graham Oct. 4 Galax Oct. 11 Auburn Oct. 18 at Eastern Montgomery Oct. 25 at Radford Nov. 1 Floyd County Nov. 8 at Glenvar
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Spartans expect to ride single wing to winning season By BRIAN WOODSON Bluefield Daily Telegraph PEARISBURG, Va. — District championships don’t count toward the VHSL playoffs any longer, but the New River District title is still up for grabs. Giles wants a winning season, and hopefully a third NRD title in a row. “We want to have a winning season, that is our number one goal,” Giles head coach Jeff Williams said. “We are looking for a winning season...anything that comes better than that we are going to take and keep working hard to get a little more.” Giles finished 10-2 last season, losing in the second round of the Division 2 playoffs to John Battle. The Spartans lost a quartet of AllRegion C first team performers in Ian Mann, Garrett Lee, Kearsley Dillon and Jared Farmer, but reinforcements always seem to be available in Pearisburg. “We are just like a lot of teams,” Williams said. “We are just a work in progress and we just hope we progress every day forward, taking a step up in the right direction
each week is what we hope.” Junior Brett Whitlow returns for Giles, having run for 1,200 yards to go with Mann’s 1,800 last season out of the single wing attack. Brett had a spectacular season as a sophomore and he is back,” Williams said. “(He has) speed, quickness, toughness, he has got all the tools...Any time you have got a 1,000-yard rusher coming back, that is great.” There’s more. Tyler Perdue spelled Mann at times last season, and did just fine, and Dusty Boggess shared wingback duties with Lee. Brian Mann and John Teats could also carry the ball for the Spartans. Tanner Martin, Hunter Smith and Dillion Graham will serve as blocking backs. “Them guys that played last year, we are looking for big things out of them,” Williams said. “We are looking for them to be a lot better than they were last year.” The single wing goes as the offensive line goes, and the Spartans have returning guards Hunter Epperly and Brandon Harless, and 6-foot-4, 250-pound tight end Cory Rhodes. Zach Simmons and Dakota Shrader will also block and catch the occasion-
al pass. Jared Cook, Chantry Pennington and Jonathan Jennelle are competing at tackles, while Brett Suroski, Zane Martin and Jennelle are working at the all-important center position. Andrew Searles will provide depth when healthy. “We just have got to get better at blocking,” Williams said. “Right now that is our point of emphasis is getting better at blocking and that is the key to any offense is blocking, that is what we are working on right now.” Williams is looking to develop a defense that will get stronger as the season approaches the end. It struggled down the stretch in 2012. “Hopefully we are athletic enough that our defense can really improve,” “ Williams said. “Last year I felt like down the stretch our defense wasn’t as good as we wanted it to be and to make a
good run in the playoffs you have got to have a tough defense.” Giles does return seven defensive starters, led by leading tackler Jenson Doffin at linebacker, linemen Rhodes, Simmons, Brad Lipes and Brody Dunford, and Boggess and Perdue in the secondary. “They are all back so we are looking for big things out of all seven of those guys,” said Williams, who has kicking possibilities in Whitlow, Boggess and Cameron Perkins. “We are hoping our defense will be better than it was last year.” Giles opens its season with Division 3 Blacksburg and D-4 Christiansburg, and have added
No.Name Pos. 3 Brett Whitlow RB/DB 4 Hunter Smith BB/LB 5 Jenson Doffin End/LB 6 Tyler Perdue RB/DB 9 John Teats RB/DB 10 Dusty Boggess RB/DB 22 Zach Simmons End/LB 23 Dillon Graham RB/DB 24 Tanner Martin BB/DE 25 Brian Mann RB/DB 28 Tyler Marshall End/DB 32 Dakota Shrader End/DE 51 Brody Dunford G/DL 52 David Eads G/DE 53 Brandon Harless G/LB 54 Jonathon Jennelle C/DL 56 Thomas Robbins G/DL 57 Brett Suroski C/DL 58 Anthony Jones T/DL 60 Cameron Perkins G/DL 61 Shane Clark T/DL 62 Jared Cook T/DL 63 Hunter Epperly G/DL 64 Austin Cunningham G/DL 67 Chantry Pennington T/DL 68 Logan Maxey G/DE 70 Brad Lipes G/DL 71 Christian Kemp T/DL 72 Andrew Searles T/DL 74 Zane Martin C/DL 75 Gobind Chawla G/DE 78 Matthew Gillespie G/DL 79 Josh Scott T/DL 88 Cody Rhodes End/DE
Ht. 5’9 5’9 5’11 5’10 5’8 6’0 5’10 5’10 5’10 5’8 5’8 6’0 5’8 6’4 5’9 6’0 5’9 5’9 6’1 5’8 6’2 5’11 5’11 5’10 5’10 6’0 5’9 5’9 6’2 5’10 6’0 6’1 6’0 6’4
Wt. 159 192 200 177 158 177 180 141 175 151 145 160 160 228 175 260 255 282 245 198 280 240 250 228 274 180 255 233 225 209 190 237 290 265
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Graham and Galax for a competitive slate. “We just hope to get better each week and just progressively work harder in practice each week, get tougher in practice and get more physical in practice each week,” Williams said. “Right now the main thing is we have got to get more physical and we have to get better at blocking and that is in practice so it will carry over into the games.”
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Bland County Bears
2013 Bland County Football Schedule Aug. 30 Craig County 7 p.m. Sept. 6 Rural Retreat 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 Northwood 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at Holston 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Eastern Montgomery 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Narrows 7 p.m. Oct. 18 Grayson County 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at Graham 7 p.m. Nov. 1 Galax 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at Fort Chiswell 7 p.m.
The Bears No. Name Pos. Ht. 2 James Miller NA 5’8 4 Mason Christian QB/DB 5’11 5 Jonathan Goins NA 6’1 7 Tyler Faulkner RB/DB 6’0 10 Isaiah Boyd RB/DB 5’9 11 Aaron Rose FB/DB 6’0 14 Andrew Pauley RB/DB 5’10 15 Alec Taylor NA 5’8 20 Brian Arnold NA 5’0 21 Colton Slaughter NA 6’0 22 Jacob Parker FB/LB 5’10 30 Dylan Walker QB/DE 6’0 35 Christopher Jackson N/A 5’6 40 Zane Cunningham DE 6’0 52 Alexander Treadway NA 5’6 53 Jared Dillow OL/DL 5’9 54 Dalton Groseclose OL/DL 5’9 60 Dakota Wright OL/LB 5’10 61 Chase Sink NA 5’10 64 Austin Emerson E/DE 5’10 65 Benjamin Steffey NA 5’9 72 Tyler Bridges OL/DL 5’9 75 Dustin Pennington OL/DL 6’1 77 Cody Morgan OL/DL 6’4 80 Travis Reed E/DE 6’2 81 T.J. Hicks E/DE 6’0 82 Nathan Shelton NA 5’9 88 Sean Valerga NA 6’0
Wt. 128 144 185 160 136 184 181 170 128 174 182 219 205 200 205 181 176 188 277 186 201 251 260 271 175 136 154 185
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Bears hope experienced returnees will help Bland County progress By TOM BONE Bluefield Daily Telegraph BASTIAN, Va. — The Bland County football team has nowhere to go but up. An inexperienced squad went 010 last fall, but coach Harris Hart believes they learned from their game experience and that they want to work to improve. Hart said, “The group we had
last year, even though we had certainly some trying times and some trying games — the great thing about them, we would come back on Monday (with) a smile on their face. They would go out and they would work hard, week after week. “It shows a lot of character and a lot of discipline, and I hope this group will do the same. ... Don’t live in the past, but reflect back
and learn from it and try to get better.” The offensive line starts with senior tackles Cody Morgan and Tyler Bridges, who have plenty of experience. Dustin Pennington started 10 games last year as a freshman, and Dakota Wright played a lot. Jared Dillow and Dalton Groseclose are “quality young men” looking for playing time in the line, Hart said.
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Quarterback Dylan Walker is back for his senior year, and Mason Christian is the other candidate for QB. Hart called Christian “a fine athlete. Both of them, regardless of who wins the starting job, both will be on the field.” Running backs Tyler Faulkner and Keith Miller “got their feet wet” as sophomore starters last year, though Faulkner’s campaign
was cut short by a broken ankle. Andrew Pauley, who did not play last year, is “a hard-running young man,” Hart said. “Isaiah Boyd is very quick (and) has gotten a lot bigger. Hopefully, we’ll get some quality reps out of all four of those.” Multi-talented Aaron Rose started 10 games last year at fullback; Jacob Parker is looking for work
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2013 Montcalm Football Schedule Aug. 31 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1
Hundred Twin Valley Narrows Craig County Auburn at Northwood at Tri-Cities Christian Midland Trail at Tygarts Valley at Hannan
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The Generals No. Name 7 Nate Breeden 12 Dakota Lanter 14 Brady Brown 20 Colton Egnor 21 Travis Duncan 23 Jason Grose 30 Jacob Watson 31 Ryan Absher 40 Shane Bresley 48 Dakota Conley 52 Jared Belcher 54 Hunter Rose 55 Travis Poynter 60 Renee Shrader 62 Kris Kiser 64 Jacob Krabbe 72 Austin Lavake 74 Cury Akers 75 Justin Carper 76 Matt Brown 77 Kent Taylor 80 Dustin Williams 82 Jon Casto 84 Tyler Poe
Ht. 5’10 5’9 6’0 5’8 5’9 6’1 5’8 5’7 5’6 6’0 5’9 5’11 5’8 5’6 5’1 5’11 6’0 6’2 6’0 5’9 6’1 6’2 6’0 5’8
Wt. 130 175 150 145 195 193 140 150 130 150 235 170 170 125 182 183 200 220 282 207 270 180 160 135
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Generals seek to build on improvement after rare winning season \By BOB REDD Bluefield Daily Telegraph MONTCALM — In 2012 the Montcalm Generals played to a 54 season, the second winning campaign the school has had since football was revived at the school in the 1990s. This season head coach Jimmy Redmond said the team is not focused on more
wins or the playoffs, but just getting better. “We always talk about improvement as far as practices. We’re not looking past a lot of games, just one game at a time, just focusing on improving in practice and getting ready for the next opponent,” Redmond said. “They’re excited and you can see it in the drills that we do and
they’re working harder because they’ve tasted success. You can really see it in how they practice. They’re encouraging each other and they’re driven a little bit, even more than we were last year and that’s good.” There are 24 players out for the Montcalm, a good number for the Class A school which in years past has had fewer than 20 players.
While the Generals lost playmaking quarterback Aaron Presley and leading rusher Marcus Bailey to graduation, the cupboard is not bare. Jason Grose (6’1 193 Sr.) returns in the backfield. A 1,000-yard rusher the past two seasons, he will join with fellow seniors Ryan Absher (5’7 150 Sr.) at slot back and Dakota Lanter (5’9 175 Sr.) at
quarterback for what is expected to be another strong ground attack for Montcalm. Brady Brown (6’0 150 Jr.) will also be in the mix at quarterback. Looking at the line, Dustin Williams (6’2 180 Jr.) is a threeyear starter returning at tight end. The interior line has Jared
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James Monroe Mavericks
2013 James Monroe Football Schedule Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8
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Mustain leads Mavericks back on the gridiron By TOM BONE Bluefield Daily Telegraph LINDSIDE — The 20th year of football at James Monroe High School will take place with a new coach — who’s not at all new. John Mustain, a 29-year coaching veteran and football assistant coach, was hired in June to take over for Don Jackson, who retired after consecutive 2-8 seasons. The Mavericks will tweak the passing attack in their pro-style offense, without major changes, Mustain said. Reed McNeer will pass and run from the quarterback position. His backfield mates will include Jeffery Lewis, Brandon Carter and Brian Young. Senior Jarred Boone, whose jun-
ior seson was wiped out by injury, will be deployed in an H-back look. Nathan Wilson “is probably the main returning receiver that saw significant time last year,” Mustain said. Josh Dransfield and Tyler Moore have potential. Austin Page returns for his senior season at center. He and Trevor Neel will be counted on to anchor the offensive line. Other candidates for starts there possess size but need refinement. On defense, Page, Neel and Ty Wickline are the nucleus of the front line. Boone has a lock on a job at outside linebacker, and sophomore Sam Boggess is probably the other OLB. The inside linebackers are likely to be senior Brandon Carter and sophomore
Parker King. The secondary competition has been “pretty wide open,” Mustain said. Dransfield could be stationed at safety in the middle. Vying for the other safety are Seth Havens, Isaiah Clarkson, Young, Moore and Conner Boothe. “There’s a few other kids that may get a little time,” Mustain said. “And Reed (McNeer) will probably be back there. You want to try to keep Reed out of that defense as much as you can, but at the same time, he’s got a nose for the ball, and he’s a good athlete. It’s going to be hard not to get him back there, some.” “Now, if everyone else does their job well, we may not have to worry about that.”
Overall, the coach said, the team is young. “There’s going to be a lot of guys that are probably going to have to go both ways. But when I say that, I feel like in a lot of ways that we’ve got a little more depth than we’ve had,” he said. “With only seven or eight seniors, there’s going to be a lot of sophomores that are going to get some time in. And we’ve even got a couple of freshmen that we may stick in there a few times to see what they can do.” “Those underclassmen had better be ready to roll.” “We’ve got to, somehow, get that winning attitude back that we had here for so long. ... I certainly don’t have the answer, but I think if you can get that positive way of
No. Name Pos. Ht. 8 Ashton Carr B/DB 5’7 10 Josh Dransfield B/DB 6’0 11 Clay Havens B/DB 5’7 12 Seth Havens B/DB 5’11 13 Seth Walker B/DB 5’6 14 Kris Hoke B/DB 5’6 15 Colton Bradley B/DB 5’2 16 Tyler Sams B/DB 5’8 17 Tyler Moore B/DB 5’10 18 Reed McNeer QB/DB 6’0 19 Evan Beasley B/DB 5’9 20 Isiah Clarkson RB/LB 5’8 21 Nick Horney B/DB 5’10 22 Brian Young B/E/DB 5’6 23 Austin Owens B/DB 5’10 24 Conner Boothe B/LB 5’10 25 Brandon Carter B/LB 5’9 26 Isaac Southerland B/DB 5’8 27 Joseph HazelwoodB/DB 5’6 28 Seth Burks B/LB 5’10 29 Jeffery Lewis RB/LB 5’11 31 Samuel Boggess RB/LB 5’11 32 Bradley McConnel B/DB 5’5 33 Shawn Jacobs E/DB 5’5 34 Isaac Deskins RB/LB 5’9 35Brent Wagner B/LB 5’10 36Tyler Hyatt B/LB 6’0 40Nathan Wilson B/DE 5’11 41Jarred Boone HB/DE 6’2 43Dalton Comer B/LB 5’8 44Steven Pack B/DE 5’11 54Logan Dillon OL/DL 5’10 55Parker King OL/DL 5’11 56Logan Sharp OL/DE 5’9 57Adam Dixon OL/DL 6’0 58Trip Shiflet OL/DL 6’0 60Donald Jewell OL/DL 5’8 61Matt Brooks OL/DL 6’1 62Tyler Hawkey OL/DL 6’0 63Trevor Neel OL/DL 6’1 64Jacob Hinkle OL/DL 6’0 65Gage Mullins OL/DL 6’0 67Hunter Lankford OL/DL 6’4 70Nicholas Ward OL/DL 5’11 73Matt Meadows OL/DL 5’11 76Hunter Crislip OL/DL 5’10 77Austin Page OT/DL 5’11 78Ty Wickline OT/DL 5’11 83Hunter Yates E/DL 5’11 84Tristan Highlander E/LB 5’4 85James Reed E/DE 6’1
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Grundy Golden Wave
2013 Grundy Football Schedule Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8
at Twin Valley Lebanon Hurley Graham Haysi Shelby Valley, Ky. at East Ridge, Ky. at Tazewell at Honaker at Richlands
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Potential exists for good mix for Golden Wave By LLOYD COMBS for the Daily Telegraph GRUNDY, Va. — It’s an unusual mix of the old and new for Grundy football but it is, potentially, a very good mix. The Golden Wave returns 11 starters, six on defense and five on offense. In addition Grundy has 15 seniors, but several of them are first-year players. Most of them, however, are good athletes and combined with several talented underclassmen, this could be a fun team to watch and coach, says third-year Wave coach Jeremy Ward. “This year we have a lot of sen-
iors on the roster,” Ward said. “Some of them are new players and that can be interesting at times. At the same time, we have other first-year players in the mix. “This combination of so many seniors, both experienced and inexperienced, and younger players presents a unique type of team. We expect to be team very competitive because of it. We also expect to be a disciplined team on and off the field because of this arrangement.” The returnees include versatile and athletic senior Trey Smith, who has earned all-district honors in the past as a wide out and did a good job at quarterback last sea-
son. They also include offensive linemen Daniel Honaker and Adam Hibbitts, both of them seniors and sophomore Ethan Dillow. Also back is junior tight endturned-fullback Baylen Dillow and another key player who epitomizes this group’s versatility. Junior Charles “Bub” McCoy began his varsity career at center, moved to fullback midway through last season and is now adding his strong right arm to the quarterback position. “Our strengths are the experience of the offensive line and the versatility of our skill players,” Ward added. “Trey Smith is a skill player that can adapt to different
positions he is asked to play and it’s the same thing with Bub McCoy.” A new backfield includes senior Brady McClanahan and first-year senior Dylan Raines. Sophomore Dylan Wolford and first-year senior Austin Hurley are among the candidates at wide receiver. “Brady McClanahan has been waiting for his chance to carry the load in the backfield,” added Ward. “Baylen Dillow steps in for us as a fullback type and the receiving corps has a couple pushing each other for the position.” Competing for jobs in the offensive line are Kade Honaker Elliott
No. Name 2 Jimmy Raines 5 Lucas Harr 9 Baylen Dillow 11 Trey Smith 14 Andy Webb 15 Charles McCoy 17 Dylan Wolford 19 Ethan Cooper 20 Maverick Coleman 22 Austin Hurley 24 Daleton Anglin 25 Brady McClanahan 33 Dylan Raines 43 Jordan McCowan 44 Justin Perry 50 Tyler Scarberry 51 Zack Belcher 52 Daniel Honaker 54 Reed Boyd 55 Elliott Newberry 60 Sheldon Hay 62 Phillip Boyd 63 Nick Raines 64 Caleb Hawks 65 Braxton Shrader 71 Ethan Dillow 72Corey McClanahan 73 Matthew Matney 74 Dustin Stiltner 75 Kade Honaker 78 Adam Hibbitts 80 Harley Fletcher 83 Dustin Looney 85 Ray Hardin
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2013 Hurley Football Schedule Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8
at East Ridge, Ky Eastside at Grundy Shelby Valley, Ky. at Craig County at Thomas Walker at Honaker Haysi Phelps, Ky. at Twin Valley
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Sixth straight winning season could await Rebels By LLOYD COMBS for the Daily Telegraph HURLEY, Va. — Slowly, but surely Hurley has developed into one of the most consistently good football programs in the area. After posting a winning record just once in an 11-year span the Rebels are poised to be a winner for the sixth consecutive season and reach the playoffs for the fourth year in a row. Hurley, which threw a scare into Honaker in the first round of the playoffs two years ago and nearly stunned J.I. Burton at Norton the year before, returns seven starters on both offense and defense this season. More importantly Hurley has
size, speed and skill and this season it has depth. There’s plenty of experience in the backfield with senior Nick Gibson back at quarterback, senior Dillion Bailey returning at fullback and junior Tray Oliver back as well. Also available are senior Chad Estep, sophomore Ethan Duty and two freshmen, Devin Tester and Brady Justice in a deep and talented group of skill position players. “Offensively we have some skills guys who can play,” said Hurley coach Greg Tester, who is in his eighth season at the Rebel helm. “Our strong point will be our running game. Nick Gibson is an excellent leader. He can hurt you
with his feet or his arm. “I have a lot of depth at running back. All of these guys can play. We just have to improve our passing game and be able to keep people from loading the box and we have to do a better job with our offensive line. We don't have a lot of depth there.” Both guards, seniors Billy Stacy and Craig Stacy, are back up front, where senior tackle Steven Stacy also has plenty of experience. Zach Deel will start at center. Other competing for jobs in the offensive line are Zach Blankenship, Ethan Hurley, Tyler Coleman and Rocky Justus. Senior Chris Hardin returns at wide receiver. Also at wide out will be two promising youngsters:
freshman Zach Lester and sophomore Chris Spencer. Sophomore Josh Mullins will see action at tight end and wide receiver. No Hurley team has won without a hard-hitting defense and Tester says this year is no exception. “I think defense will be our strong point,” Tester added. “We’re led in the middle by Steven Stacy at tackle. He’s really been impressive in camp. “We have plenty of experience and we have several guys who can be leaders for us, especially up front and at linebacker.” Zach Deel returns at the other tackle spot. Dillion Bailey and Chad Estep returns at the defensive end spots.
No.Name Pos. 1 Timmy Matney WR/DB 2 Nick Gibson QB/DB 5 Zach Lester WR/DB 6 Tray Oliver RB/DB 7 Chris Spencer WR/DB 10 Nelson Mullins WR/DB 11 Ethan Duty RB/LB 12 Chad Estep RB/DE 21 Brady Justice RB/LB 22 Devin Tester RB/LB 25 Scottie Henderson WR/DB 30 Rachel McCoy WR/DB 31 Josh Mullins TE/LB 32 Dillion Bailey RB/DE 50 Billy Stacy G/LB 51 Craig Stacy G/LB 52 Justin Stevens C/LB 55 Shane Hardin G/LB 56 Tyler Coleman G/DE 60 Thomas McCoy T/DT 61 Steven Stacy T/DT 63 Dylan Sullivan G/DT 64 Seth Prater G/DT 65 Dustin Whitt T/DT 70 Rocky Justus C/DT 72 Zach Blankenship T/DE 74 Dylan Justus T/DT 75 Zach Deel C/DT 77 Ethan Hurley T/DT 84 Chris Hardin WR/DB
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Ethan Duty returns at outside linebacker and Craig Stacy and Billy Stacy are back as inside linebackers. Josh Mullins is the leading candidate at the other outside slot. Brady Justice and Devin Tester are also vying for time. Gibson is back at corner where he’ll work opposite of Oliver. Chris Hardin will take over at safety. Tester is as confident in this group as he was in his last five clubs. “There is nobody on our schedule that we can’t compete with,” he added. “I’m really excited about this season.”
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Twin Valley Panthers
2013 Twin Valley Football Schedule Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 8
Grundy 7:30 p.m. at Montcalm 7:30 p.m. at East Ridge, Ky. 7:30 p.m. at Northwood 7:30 p.m. Honaker 7:30 p.m. Phelps, Ky. 7:30 p.m. at Hannan 7:30 p.m. at Haysi 7:30 p.m. at Rye Cove 7:30 p.m. Hurley 7:30 p.m.
The Panthers No. Name Pos. 1 Cameron Barbetto RB/DB 2 Drake Presley K 4 Seth Webb RB/DB 11 Thomas Burniston WR/DB 12 Jake Kowalski RB/LB 14 Ethan Atkins WR/DB 15 Carlos Sanchez WR/DL 21 J.D. Lowe WR/LB 22 Micky Stacy RB/LB 32 Shannon Adams QB/LB 34 Brandon McGlothlin WR/DB 40 Caleb Keen RB/LB 44 Austin Shortridge RB/LB 50 Pete Gagich OL/DL 52 Chase Moore OL/DL 55 Corey Nickels OL/DL 57 Corey Lineberry OL/DL 65 Chase Presley OL/DL 68 Casey Cooper OL/DL 69 Zach Gross OL/DL 76 Thomas Mullins OL/DL 81 Ryan Daniels TE/DL 87 Stephen Mullins TE/DL
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Building blocks bring positive vibe to small school Panthers By LLOYD COMBS for the Daily Telegraph PILGRIM’S KNOB, Va. — Big school football programs often have the luxury of reloading or, if need be rebuilding. At small school like Twin Valley it’s usually about building the program, year in and year out. This year, after a few years of struggling, the Panthers have some good pretty good building blocks on hand. Eight starters return on offense, including two of the best backs in the area at Twin Valley, which is
coming off a 1-9 season. Back is fourth-year starter Shannon Adams at quarterback. The hard-nosed senior has over 3,000 yards rushing for his career and is a natural born leader on both sides of the ball. Adams is joined in the backfield by speedy senior Cameron Barbetto and a promising support crew that hopes to make up for the loss of 1,000-yard runner Adam Quinley, who graduated last year. “With his experience and size it should be really fun and exciting to see how well Shannon will per-
form in his senior year,” Crigger said. “Cameron really stepped it up last year. “He rushed for around 400 yards last year and expects to counter that with a breakout year. Austin Shortridge an d Caleb Keen will be trying to fill the shoes of Adam Quinley at the fullback position.” Shortridge and Keen, both freshmen, are key cogs in the building process. They’re joined by offensive returnees Jacob Kowalski and Brandon McGlothlin, both juniors. McGlothlin and first-year senior Thomas Burniston are available
at wide receiver. The offensive line returns Pete Gagich, Corey Lineberry, Chase Moore and Thomas Mullins. Crigger hopes their experience will pay off and the defense improves as well. “The offensive line is doing a whole lot better,” Crigger said. “We have a lot of returning linemen so that should help with their experience.” The Panther defense, which should benefit from improved numbers this season, is getting back to basics. “Our defense has improved each
day of practice,” added Crigger. “We have really been emphasizing form tackling and open field tackling.” Adams, Lineberry, Moore, McGlothlin and Barbetto,aalong with freshman Casey Cooper are among the key players on defense, where there are plenty of candidates for the other positions. Junior Drake Presley gives the Panthers a potent weapon as a place-kicker. Twin Valley opens the season at home Aug. 30 against Buchanan County rival Grundy, followed by a visit to Montcalm.
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2013 Honaker Football Schedule Aug. 30 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8
at Lebanon at Eastside Central-Wise at Twin Valley at John Battle Clintwood Hurley Castlewood Grundy at Haysi
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Tigers hungry after falling just short of state championship BY ANTHONY STEVENS for the Daily Telegraph HONAKER, Va. — Honaker fell seven points short, falling to George Wythe 17-10 in the state title game. The Tigers lost 14 seniors off the 2012 team, including seven starters on both sides of the ball. The biggest question will be rebuild or reload for the Honaker. After playing for the state championship, what do they do for an encore? “Hopefully get back there and win it,” Honaker head coach Doug Hubbard said. “But there is a lot of work to be done between now and then. Last year was great and hopefully we learned a lot of good lessons. “The kids have come in hungry and we’ll see how well we do this year. Each team is different, their personalities are different, and so time will tell.” Honaker finished with a 13-2 record last season. They return two players who started on both
sides of the ball. Chandler Miller will be at offensive and defensive tackle. Randy Horton will be back at wide receiver and cornerback. Horton was a valuable target with 23 receptions for 510 yards and eight touchdowns. “We really have to put last season behind us and worry about this season,” stated Miller. “In practice, there has been a lot of intensity on defense and offense. Even though we lost some good players, I feel we will have a great year.” The other starters back on offense will be Peyton Stevens at the other tackle and Casey Harmon at tight end. The rest of the offensive line will consist of Branson Horton at center, Jacob Dye and Jordan Phillips at guard. Brett Newberry and Alex Smith will likely be in the rotation. In the backfield, Shey Bunn will be at halfback. Alex Smith will be the tailback. rushing for 464 yards and averaging over seven yards a carry last year. He also finished with nine touchdowns. The full-
backs will be Landon Miller and Makenzie Phillips. “We have worked real hard in the off-season in the weight room, we want to get back to where we were at last season,” Phillips said. “I feel we can build on what we did last year. Every senior dreams of leading their team to a great season. So far we’re doing well.” Phillips is also the placekicker for the Tigers. He kicked three field goals and 36 extra points for Honaker, so he will also be a key offensive weapon this season. Stepping in at quarterback will be Casey Dye. He has some big shoes to fill, with the graduation of Ty Hall who threw for over 2,000 yards with 27 touchdown passes for an offense that averaged 32 points a game. “I really try not to think about replacing Ty too much,” Dye said. “I will just try to do my own thing. Hopefully we can get it done.” The defense surrendered less than two touchdowns a game last season. In addition to Miller and Horton, also returning on defense
are Dye at free safety and Bunn at outside linebacker. The ends will be some combination of Harmon, Smith and Joshua Miller. Tackles will come from Stevens, Jerome Williams and Kraig McGlothlin. The other outside linebacker will be Chase Johnson or Hayden Horn. Inside linebacker will be Miller, Phillips and Ben Ratliff. Along with Dye in the defensive backfield will be Avin Parrott and Brent Coleman. Expectations are again high at Honaker. They are the three-time defending Black Diamond District champions and will have bigger goals than a district title. “Over the last 15 years, we’ve traditionally won although there have been some down years,” commented Hubbard. “We’ve been pretty consistent and we’ve been very fortunate. “Building a tradition where people expect you to win is huge. When you go into a big game the community expect us to win, it doesn’t matter the circumstance.
No.Player Pos. 1 Austin Looney RB/LB 2 Matthew Lynthlin WR/DB 3 Avin Parrott RB/DB 5 Dakota Hart RB/DB 6 Devin Helton RB/DB 7 Bryson Bostic RB/DB 8 Randy Horton WR/DB 10 Jacob Brown WR/DB 12 Corey Ray WR/DB 13 Jordan Smith QB/S 16 Shey Bunn RB/LB 18 Mason Phillips WR/DB 19 Layton Parrott QB/LB 20 Brent Coleman WR/DB 21 Jarred Corns WR/DB 23 Christian Davis WR/DB 25 Hayden Horn RB/LB 27 Austin Smith RB/LB 31 Colby Howard RB/LB 32 Landon Miller RB/LB 33 Makenzie Phillips RB/LB/K 34 Casey Dye QB/S 37 Chase Johnson RB/LB 39 Marshall McGlothlinRB/LB 44 Shadow Hale WR/DB 45 Brandon Peck TE.DE 50 Jordan Hardy OL/DL 51 Derek Stevens OL/DL 52 Chandler Miller OL/DL 53 Ibrahim Tawfeek OL/LB 55 Ben Ratliff OL/LB 56 Peyton Stevens OL/DL 57 Brett Newberry OL/DL 58 Dylan Coxton OL/DL 59 Braydon Plaster OL/DL 60 Jon Ray OL/DL 61 Jacob Dye OL/DL 62 Kraig McGlothlin OL/DL 63 Joshua Miller OL/DE 64 Branson Horton OL/DL 65 Jordan Phillips OL/DL 68 Johnny Burton OL/DL 72 Alex Smith OL/DE 74 Jerome Williams OL/DL 75 Gabe Lester OL/DL 76 Hunter Hess OL/DL 78 Brian Sims OL/DL 81 Casey Harmon TE/DE 86 Evan Harmon TE/S 89 Austin Anderson TE/LB
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2013 Haysi Football Schedule Aug. 30 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8
at Castlewood Clintwood Tug Valley at Grundy Twin Springs Thomas Walker Twin Valley at Hurley at Harlan, Ky. Honaker
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Name Tanner O’quinn Tanner Artrip Travis Conaway Gauge Hill Jalen Sykes Chris O’quinn Jeffrey Bowen Tyler Mullins Tristan Yates Kyle Deel Blake Fuller Dakota Mills Chris Hackney Dillen Lawson Rick Fleming Andrew Stiltner James Adkins John Boyd Chase Hall Bryan Duncan Wade Turner Blake Branham Robbie Yates Nate Turner Andrew Honaker
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Skill players plentiful, but Tigers pursue BDD title with lack of depth By LLOYD COMBS for the Daily Telegraph HAYSI, Va. — Another season, another talented group of skill position stars for Haysi. Senior running back Jeffrey Bowen and senior wide out Tanner O’Quinn head up another fine group for the Tigers, who possess everything but depth in what figures to be the next-to-last year for Haysi High School, which is scheduled to consolidate with Clintwood by the fall of 2015. Only five fulltime starters return on defense and just four are back on offense for the Tigers, who have just 25 players in all on the
2013 pre-season roster. The returnees from last year’s 8-4 squad, however, are good ones including Bowen, a four-year standout that ran for some 1,300 yards and scored 24 touchdowns last season. It also includes O’Quinn and two senior offensive linemen in guard John Boyd and center Blake Branham. The defense returns Bowen and junior Tristan Yates at linebacker and O’Quinn, junior Jalen Sykes and sophomore Gauge Hill in the secondary. First and foremost, says the 32year head coach, it’s a hard-working group which also happens to have some talent.
“You’re always looking for positive things to build on,” Colley said. “We’ve got some good kids and they’ve been working hard and that’s one of the big pluses for us. That’s always a positive.” The offense starts with Bowen, a strong runner who possesses an excellent mix of speed, power, focus and experience. “Jeffrey’s a good one,” Colley added. “Any time you’ve got seniors in the backfield that’s a big plus. With our line and the guys we have back there we should be able to run the ball this year as well as throw the ball.” Among those joining Bowen in the backfield are juniors Robbie
Yates and Tristan Yates and seniors Kyle Deel and Chris Hackney. Good quarterbacks have been a hallmark of Colley’s teams over the years and he has another potentially good one this season in Sykes. “This is Jalen’s first year starting, but he’s had a lot of reps in practice,” Colley said. “He was our second-team quarterback last year and he did a good job for us. “He knows our system well, so, hopefully he steps right in and we don’t lose a beat. I think he’ll do a good job for us.” Sykes has O’Quinn and some other capable receiving targets to throw to, including Hill, sopho-
more Tanner Artrip and junior Travis Conaway. Robbie Yates could also work at tight end. Working their way into the offensive line are sophomore Wade Turner and junior Bryan Duncan at tackle and juniors James Adkins and Andrew Stiltner at guard. Linebackers Bowen and Tristan Yates head up the Tigers defense. As with the offense there’s limited experience here, but several candidates with the ability to fill various roles. Artrip, Conaway, Chris O’Quinn and junior Tyler Mullins are also vying for playing time on defense. Haysi opens the season Aug. 30 at Castlewood.
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Summers County Bobcats
2013 Summers County Football Schedule Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1
PikeView at James Monroe at Grafton Wyoming East Greenbrier West at Covington Independence Meadow Bridge at Mount View at Richwood
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Tanner, Bobcats look to build on playoff appearance By DAN STILLWELL for The Daily Telegraph BECKLEY — Years of frustration ended last season when Summers County made the Class AA high school football playoffs for the first time since 1995. Hopes are high again to match or better the Bobcats' 7-4 campaign, and this time get a playoff win. "We had a pretty good core of seniors, and also exceptional athletes for underclassmen who helped pick up the slack," new coach Nate Tanner said. "We definitely achieved our potential. It was a successful season and it's
carrying on to this year." Tanner, an assistant coach the last two seasons, replaces Josh Houchins, who decided to concentrate on his principal duties this season. Many starters return for the Bobcats, and they possibly have two of the finest players in Class AA in quarterback T.J. Smith and versatile Isaiah Brown. Smith is a four-year starter at quarterback, and is adept at both passing and running. He's also a fine strong safety. "T.J. came into his own this summer. He's more of a student of the game now," Tanner said. "He's always had the ability to throw the
ball, but lacked confidence. That comes with maturity. "He's making good decisions at quarterback, and on defense he's settled down and playing smarter. His tackling is better. He's a good leader on the field, and I expect him to have a good season." If Smith is the playmaker, Brown is the certified touchdown threat. Tanner said, "Isaiah is an athlete. He's an explosive player, both running and catching the ball, and he will have a lot of big plays. "What people don't see is he's an extremely hard worker in the weight room. He takes pride in his work ethic, and he tries to perfect his craft. Sometimes he's too hard
on himself." Brown is Summers' other free safety, and will start there for the fourth consecutive season. Two other key returnees are senior wide receiver, running back and outside linebacker Erik Lindsey, and promising sophomore Matt Ryan. Tackle and defensive end Allen Brown has good size and he can move. Jaquan Ayers didn't play football last year, but is rapidly becoming another weapon as a middle linebacker. Tackle Jacob King is back after sitting out last season. At 6-2, 315, he's a big kid who moves well for his size. He needs experience, but
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No.Name 1 .Isaiah Brown 2 Matt Ryan 5 Charles Gilliand 6 Skyler Santiago 7 T.J. Smith 8 Erik Lindsey 10 Robert Dalton 11 Sean Willey 12 Nathan Grimmett 14 Austin Holland 18 Caleb HarraH 21 Greg Shrewsbury 22 Dillon Smith 24 Dante Ellis 25 Jacob Ratliff 33 Joanthan Kessler 35 Jay Hess 40 Jaquan Ayers 44 C.J. Shrewsbury 45 Dakota New 50 Zach Grady 51 Nick Adkins 52 Jeremiah Collins 55 Tyler Turner 62 Jacob Persiani 64 Trevor Anderson 66 Casey Forren 67 Josh Smith 68 Nicholas Wickline 69 Jimmy Adkins 70 Jacob Lefler 71 Kevin Reynolds 73 Nathaniel Harrah 74 Allen Brown 75 Brian Shaffer 78 Jacob King 80 Brett Miller 82 Dacota Thomas 83 Tristan Sears 86 Matthew Short 88 Logan Hardy 89 Dakota Knott
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good things are expected of him, particularly on defense. The offensive line is young. Junior Zach Grady has moved from center to guard, where he'll be joined by sophomore Josh
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Wyoming East Warriors
2013 Wyoming East Football Schedule Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Nov. 1 Nov. 8
at Mingo Central Westside Sherman at Summers County Mount View at River View PikeView at Shady Spring at Independence Liberty
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Warriors hoping to build on momentum from 2012 By J. DANIEL ROLLINS for the Daily Telegraph NEW RICHMOND—Wyoming East coach Gary Poindexter has a clear message for his team in 2013: Improve on who they were in 2012. “We just want to take it a step or two more than we did last year. That’s been our goal all along,” Poindexter said. The Warriors finished the regular season last year with at 7-3 record, bowing out in the opening round of the playoffs to Scott 4616. “They were a little stronger than us,” Poindexter admitted. “They were better offensively and defensively on the line. We still played hard. We’re just hoping to build on what happened at the end of the regular season.” That won’t come easy as the
Summers... Continued from 24 Smith. Casey Forren, a junior, takes over at center, and Brown and either Trevor Anderson or PikeView transfer Kevin Reynolds are the tackles. The Bobcats' 4-3 defense features Brown and Harrah at the ends and Forren and King at the tackles. Ayers and Lindsey will be backed at linebacker by freshmen Dylan Smith and Dakota Thomas, and sophomore
Warriors will be without two of their most valued weapons in Chris Cecil and Brandon Peck. They do, however, return secondteam All-Class AA back Jacob Summe, who ran for more than 1,200 yards, and honorable mention Christian Hedinger. “I expect big things from Jacob this year,” Poindexter said. “He’s a great athlete with a tremendous skill set....Christian is an allaround great athlete Also returning for the Warriors is quarterback Aaron Griffith. Coty Bishop, who led Wyoming East in tackles last season, will continue that role and also replace Cecil in the backfield. “We’re looking for special things out of him on both sides of the ball,” Poindexter said. Leading the offensive line is junior Stevie Cook and sophomore Matt Perry, both of whom will play
Nick Adkins. Willey and Ryan are the corners, while Smith and Brown are proven veterans at safety. Summers has a competitive schedule that includes a long bus ride to Grafton, a tough opening game with rival PikeView and an expected barnburner with Wyoming East. Tanner is both optimistic and realistic about his team's chances. "Something I've been taught is you can only go as far as your seniors take you," he said. "This summer
guard positions. . “Steve is a three-year starter for us. He’s a very strong individual with a lot of hard work and a lot of good football instincts,” Poindexter said. “Matt Perry is a sophomore that we’re looking to play for us. He’s coming along pretty good.” Captaining the line will be Derek Laxton, a three-year starter at center. Also on the line will be 300pounders Ryan Cantrell and Jordan Jedra, along with Eric Taylor, Levi Summe and Stephen Shrewsbury. John Morgan provides good hands at tight end. Defensively, the Warriors are experienced, led by Bishop and fellow linebackers Jon Culicerto and Jeremy Myers on the inside, with Griffith, Brian Whitt and Alec Luck outside. “It’s a very expe-
and preseason they've provided extremely good leadership, like another coaching staff. "Expectations are for us to have a successful season, but I won't make drastic expectations. Our goal is to build on what we did last year, and hopefully get through the first round of the playoffs. "In order for that to happen, the kids and coaching staff have to remain focused on what we do every day, and never get satisfied."
rienced bunch,” he said. “There’s a great deal of leadership.” Jedra, Cook, Brian Cantrell, and Michael Bland will also see action on the line, as will Shrewsbury, Taylor and freshman Austin Kivley. The corners will be manned by Casey Saunders and Jacob Dulce, while Hedinger and Brad Shirley will play safety. Jacob Boyce and Nik Playoffs are goal for the Warriors, but not the only goal. They want to play a while. “We just want to take it a step or two more than we did last year,” he said. “That’s been our goal all along — get better every practice and every game. That’s always been our goal since we started, and that’s what we’re going to do.” Poindexter’s goal for the season
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West Virginia Mountaineers West Virginia has tall task to compete in Big 12 By JOHN RABY AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN (AP) â€” Chasing a Big 12 championship will be a tall order for West Virginia unless Dana Holgorsen can do some patchwork on both sides of the ball. The Mountaineers' third-year coach hopes a group of transfers can help shore up big holes on offense and improve a defense that was one of the nation's worst last year. West Virginia is coming off a disappointing 7-6 season that included a five-game losing streak. They Mountaineers aren't considered to be a contender for a Big 12 championship in their second season in the conference. West Virginia fans got spoiled by an offense that averaged 40 points per game a year ago. But with only three returning starters on offense, the Mountaineers will be pressed to continue a streak of 11 consecutive seasons of playing in a bowl game. Holgorsen must choose from three candidates to replace departed quarterback Geno Smith and has a group of mostly inexperienced wide receivers looking to fill the void left by Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. "We're talking to our guys about this all the time: How are we going to score a point without three of the best players to ever play the game here?" Holgorsen said Monday. "That doesn't mean that we don't have guys on our roster that can't score touch-
downs. There are some guys probably waiting in the wings or maturing or developing that we just don't know who they are yet." For now, the challenges not only are to get the players to understand the system but to replicate its dizzying pace of play. "In the Big 12 we're going to have to not only be able to play fast, which is what we like to do offensively, but we have to be able to defend that as well," Holgorsen said. "We have a long ways to be functional offensively and defensively when it comes to tempo." West Virginia opens the season at home Aug. 31 against William & Mary. Here are five things to watch as West Virginia tries to keep up with the rest of the Big 12: 1. QB SCRAMBLE: West Virginia opens Big 12 play on Sept. 7 at Oklahoma, making it urgent to get Smith's replacement in tune with the offense. Longtime backup Paul Millard has played 11 games in Holgorsen's system but has never thrown more than nine passes in a contest. Florida State transfer Clint Trickett, who graduated in the spring and is available to play immediately, played eight games last season as EJ Manuel's backup with the Seminoles and in games in 2011 against Wake Forest and Clemson. The third QB in the mix is redshirt freshman Ford Childress. Holgorsen said Millard so far has made both the best and the worst decisions in practice. "The guy that probably reduces the poor decisions will be the guy
2013 West Virginia Football Schedule Aug. 31 William & Mary Noon Sept. 7 at Oklahoma* 7 p.m. Sept. 14 Georgia State Noon Sept. 21 Maryland# TBA Sept. 28 Oklahoma State* TBA Oct. 5 at Baylor* TBA Oct. 19 Texas Tech* TBA Oct. 26 at Kansas State* TBA Nov. 2 at Texas Christian* TBA Nov. 19 Texas* TBA Nov. 16 at Kansas* TBA Nov. 30 Iowa State* TBA * Big 12 Conference game # at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Md.
West Virginia RB Andrew Buie that wins the job," Holgorsen said. "I think they're all capable of being pretty good." 2. FORGET 2012: It won't take much to see improvements on West Virginia's defense, which allowed 38 points per game and was near the bottom nationally in several passing categories last year. Keith Patterson took over at defensive coordinator for the 2012
Pinstripe Bowl. The defense has most of its starters back but needs to improve its coverage and tackling and not give up big gains. The unit returns its top two tacklers, sophomores Karl Joseph at safety and Isaiah Bruce at linebacker. The pair also combined for four of the team's 10 interceptions. 3. TRANSFER HELP: West
Virginia loaded up on nearly a dozen junior-college and immediate-play transfers for 2013. Trickett and former Houston running back Charles Sims could end up having the most impact. Among the juco transfers who could help out include wide receivers Ronald Carswell, Mario Alford and Kevin White, linebacker Brandon Golson, defensive lineman Dontrill Hyman and running back Dreamius Smith. 4. RUNNING STRONG: Sims adds to a running back unit that, for a change, is loaded with talent. Injuries have thinned the position in recent years and West Virginia hasn't had a 1,000-yard rusher since Noel Devine in 2009. Sims is battling for a starting role with
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Virginia Tech Hokies Beamer, Hokies look to rebound after last season By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — As the losses piled up and preseason goals became unreachable for Virginia Tech last season, the frustration mounted. The Hokies, after all, had won at least 10 games eight straight seasons, the longest streak in the country, and eventually found themselves needing to win their last three games just to qualify for a bowl and possible winning season. "That was unacceptable by any means," center turned right guard Andrew Miller said. The Hokies closed with a bowl victory against Rutgers, and then coach Frank Beamer made changes. Three offensive coaches left, long-time offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring was reassigned and offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler, line coach Jeff Grimes and receivers coach Aaron Moorehead were brought in to infuse the staff with some fresh ideas. "Sometimes you need change for change's sake," Beamer said. Beamer, entering his 27th season, sees plenty of reasons to expect big things, starting with the return of quarterback Logan Thomas, who decided a year under Loeffler's tutelage would be to his benefit. "I think he understands, hey, this is his team," Beamer said of Thomas, who has been more assertive than ever this summer
and preseason. "I think he's more take charge. I think Logan handles things real well, and how he handles taking charge, I think he handles it in a good way, a very natural way." Thomas needs to rebound from a season in which he barely completed 50 percent of his passes and had 18 touchdowns and 16 interceptions, and do it while bringing along an inexperienced set of skill players. Beamer hopes it's a recipe for getting the Hokies back to those double-digit victory totals. "I think what happened last year is we understand there's a real thin line between being OK and not being OK, that you've got to play every play, prepare for every team," he said, adding he was proud that his team fought to the end. "We gave effort at Boston College and the last two ballgames, so I think there are some things on both sides of it, positive and negative, that we can learn from it," he said. "I think we have. I think if you ask any kid, we have." Here are five things to watch as keys to Virginia Tech's season: 1. LOGAN THOMAS: Expectations have always been high for the 6-foot-6, 254-pound Thomas, and this is his final chance to put it all together, Loeffler tweaked his mechanics with an eye on better accuracy, and also schooled him on leadership. The result was a more assertive — Beamer said "aggres-
2013 Virginia Tech Football Schedule Aug. 31 Alabama# Sept, 7 Western Carolina Sept. 14 at East Carolina Sept. 21 Marshall Sept. 26 at Georgia Tech* Oct. 5 North Carolina* Oct. 12 Pittsburgh* Oct. 26 Duke* Nov. 2 at Boston College* Nov. 9 at Miami* Nov. 16 Maryland* Nov. 30 at Virginia* *ACC game #at Georgia Dome, Georgia
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Hokies’ and Giles product Cody Journell sive" — Thomas over the summer, one not afraid to call a teammate out for running the wrong route in players-only practices. The Hokies can only hope that Thomas is ready to finish his career with a flourish. 2. OFFENSIVE LINE AND RUNNING GAME: Grimes has moved players around on the line, and the result could find a true freshman playing left tackle, and thereby guarding Thomas' blind side. A meager running game last season limited Thomas' ability to be effec-
tive in the running game, too, and it had a paralyzing effect on the Hokies' ability to move the ball. In redhsirt freshman Trey Edmunds and bulked up sophomore speedster J.C. Coleman, the Hokies hope they have a solution to that stagnant ground game. 3. THE EMERGENCE OF A GOTO RECEIVER: Loeffler loves using the tight end, and the Hokies have a good one in Ryan Malleck, but the receiver spot is still uncertain. Fifth-year senior D.J. Coles can't seem to shake the
injury bug, and speedy Demetri Knowles is unproven as a go-to guy. Freshman Carlis Parker could have an impact here, as could redshirt freshmen Joshua Stanford and Charley Meyer. 4. KENDALL FULLER'S IMPACT ON DEFENSE: Defensive coordinator Bud Foster says he's not sure he's ever had a freshman arrive on campus as ready to play as the fourth and final Fuller brother, who is already penciled in as a starter at cornerback. He'll surely get tested in the opener against No. 1 Alabama. 5. THE KICKING GAME: Beamer loves his kickers, and has good ones in placekicker Cody Journell, who won three games with field goals last season, punter A.J. Hughes and kickoff specialist Mitchell Ludwig.
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Revamped staff doesn't mean reset for Cavaliers By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Mike London isn't willing to say Virginia hit the reset button after his third season as coach, but with new offensive, defensive and special teams coordinators, the Cavaliers are in makeover mode. London hopes, however, that the improvement will be immediate. He overhauled his staff after last season's 4-8 finish, bringing in three former head coaches and a defensive coordinator whose charge is to turn that side of the ball into a big-play, aggressive unit that can dictate what offenses do. The offense under new coordinator Steve Fairchild will remain a pro-style attack, but it's also the area of the biggest change with redshirt sophomore David Watford assuming the quarterbacking duties. Watford played two years ago as a true freshman, completing just 30 of 74 passes in relief of Michael Rocco, and redshirted last season when Rocco and Phillip Sims shared the job in a rotation that never really worked. Rocco transferred after the season, and Sims was dismissed from the program this summer. Priority one for the young signal-caller: ball protection. "We'll give ourselves a chance to win if we don't beat ourselves," Fairchild, twice an NFL offensive coordinator, said. "We've got to start from day one in fall camp not
turning the ball over and not doing unforced errors. “If we can line up right, attempt to do the right assignment, do it in a play-hard, play-fast way and protect the football, you'll be amazed at how many games you are in." His linemen also know they can be more a part of the solution than they were a year ago. "I think at times last year we didn't do enough to make them comfortable back there," guard Luke Bowanko said of the QBs. "It's just unfortunate because it's tough to sit back there and go through your progressions and throw a good ball when who knows who is coming through and knocking you out." Virginia hopes to be doing some knocking out of its own on defense under Jon Tenuta. The Virginia alum and 32-year coaching veteran favors aggressive pressure, lots of blitzing and constant ballhawking. Tenuta's philosophy is pretty straight-forward: "The ball is ours. Go get it." Here are five things to watch as keys to Virginia's season: 1. DAVID WATFORD: He has said his confidence grew as his understanding of the game from the sidelines did last season, and will have to show it in games. Teammates rave about his athleticism and speed, and he will need to use both in an offense with plays designed to let him show off those skills. His running means redshirt freshman Greyson
Aug. 31 Brigham Young Sept. 7 Oregon Sept. 21 VMI Sept. 28 at Pittsburgh* Oct. 5 Ball State Oct. 12 at Maryland* Oct. 19 Duke* Oct. 26 Georgia Tech* Nov. 2 Clemson* Nov. 9 at North Carolina* Nov. 23 at Miami* Nov. 30 Virginia Tech* *ACC game
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Wahoo on the prowl.. Virginia coach Mike London talks with wide receiver Tim Smith during a recent practice in Charlottesville. Lambert needs to be ready, too. 2. OFFENSIVE LINE AND RUNNING GAME: The line's lack of toughness showed as the team struggled to run the ball. Getting tailbacks Kevin Parks and fivestar freshman Taquan Mizzell into open spaces would make Watford's job much easier. 3. JAKE McGEE & TIM SMITH: By far the most talented receiver on the team, the 6-foot-6 McGee was under-utilized at tight end
last spring, even though he has shown the ability to make tough, athletic catches in traffic. Smith is an oft-hobbled deep threat hoping his final college season is also his healthiest and most productive, and both can be explosive playmakers who afford Watford quick strike opportunities. 4. CLOCK MANAGEMENT: This may be one of the most challenging aspects for a young coach, and London, heading into his sixth
with it in a few key spots last season. Mentoring London seems to be among the jobs new associate head coach for offense Tom O'Brien has been asked to do, and guidance at crunch time will be beneficial. 5. SACKS, PRESSURE & TAKEAWAYS: Apart from a 594-yard debacle against Georgia Tech last season, Virginia's defense was solid, but not spectacular. It ranked eighth nationally in stopping opponents on third down, but was near the bottom in turnovers caused with just 12, and ranked 103rd with just 17 sacks. It needs to make more plays that shift momentum.
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Marshall Thundering Herd Cato's return has Marshall confident for success in 2013 By JOHN RABY AP Sports Writer HUNTINGTON (AP) — Marshall coach Doc Holliday doesn't want to see a repeat of last year's floundering defense. While Marshall thrived behind quarterback Rakeem Cato, opposing offenses ran up 43 points per game on the Thundering Herd, which allowed at least 50 points five times. Chris Rippon resigned as defensive coordinator a day after Marshall finished the season 5-7. The widely traveled Chuck Heater, who was on Urban Meyer's staff at Florida along with Holliday last decade, was hired by Holliday from Temple to try to straighten out a unit that returns seven starters. "Offensively we took some strides. We got better a year ago," said Holliday, Marshall's fourthyear coach. "Defensively, we didn't. We've got to make sure that happens this year." He'll try to turn things around with Heater, who's at his 12th school in a college coaching career that began in 1976. Heater earned two national championship rings while on Urban Meyer's staff at Florida and another in 1988 at Notre Dame. "Seeing from last year to this year, you can tell the attitude of the defense changed," said Marshall defensive end Jeremiah Taylor. "When somebody makes a play, you see the whole sideline up and cheering, rooting them on."
Marshall has yet to earn a berth in the Conference USA championship game since joining the league in 2005. The key to getting there this season could loom in the regular-season finale Nov. 29 at home against East Division favorite East Carolina. Marshall opens the season at home Aug. 31 against Miami (Ohio). Here are five things to know as Marshall looks for its third winning season in five years: 1. CAN CATO CLICK?: Cato's 4,201 passing yards last season were nearly 1,100 yards more than any other Conference USA quarterback and were the third most in school history. Cato's 37 touchdown passes last year were two shy of Chad Pennington's school record 39 set in 1997. With a veteran offensive line protecting him, Cato looks to have another great season. "He has a totally understanding of what we're trying to get done offensively," Holliday said. 2. TOP TARGETS: Despite the loss of Aaron Dobson to the NFL, Cato has several solid returnees in wideout Tommy Shuler and tight end Gator Hoskins. Shuler, who's returning from offseason foot surgery, amassed a schoolrecord 110 catches for 1,138 yards and six touchdowns last year, while Hoskins had 35 catches for 374 yards and a team-high 10 scores. Penn State transfer Devon Smith is eligible after sitting out last season. He caught 25 passes for 402 yards in 2011 for
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Rakeem Cato the Nittany Lions. 3. WHERE'S THE D?: Marshall lost four games a year ago by seven points or less, and one of the reasons may have been several injuries in the secondary. Cornerback Darryl Roberts missed all of last season recovering from a broken ankle, and safety A.J. Leggett sat out with a shoulder injury. Third-leading tackler D.J. Hunter at safety joins
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them in a depth-filled secondary. The line is led by Taylor, who led Marshall with 5.5 sacks and was ranked fifth in tackles with 54. Fourth-leading tackler Jermaine Holmes is a key at linebacker. 4. NOT SO FRIENDLY HOME: Marshall is 11-6 at home under Holliday but went just 3-3 last season. There was a time when Joan C. Edwards Stadium was a virtual lock for a home win. The
Thundering Herd went 91-7 there from 1990 to 2004. 5. COACHES IN FLUX: In addition to Heater, Marshall added five other assistant coaches for this season: Adam Fuller at linebacker, Sean Cronin at defensive end, Mike Furrey at wide receiver, Thomas Brown at running back, and Alex Mirabal on the offensive line. Several veteran assistants also took on new responsibilities, and Scott Sinclair was hired as Marshall's fifth football strength and conditioning coach in the past two years. Predicted order of finish in Conference USA: Second in East Division.
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Concord Mountain Lions Concord seeks to disprove initial Mountain East preseason poll By TOM BONE Bluefield Daily Telegraph ATHENS — There are many choices to be made for starting spots on the Concord University football team. That can be a good thing. Team depth is a hallmark of the Mountain Lions this season, and they are out to disprove a preseason coaches’ poll ranking them third in the new Mountain East Conference. Defensive player of the year Jake Lilly, who’s led the league in tackles for two straight years, along with all-conference cornerback Riyahd Richardson, suit up for their senior year in Athens as preseason all-America nominees. Safety Davon Marion adds more defensive explosiveness and experience. “Those guys have played a lot of football, a ton of football,” said Concord head coach Garin Justice. “They provide leadership, they provide great expectations. Those guys expect to be great on defense.” “The great athletes they are, it definitely helps having those guys back.” Five Mountain Lions should share significant time at cornerback and in nickel packages — Richardson, Mike Carey, Jocorey Robins, and transfers Shawn Billips and Jeremy Simpson. There are another five at safety “that we feel very good about,” Justice said, consisting of Marion, Josh Clark, Brandon Rogers, former three-star recruit Shawn
Marmon, and special teams standout Russell Bailey. The interior of the defensive line will be occupied again by Will Greathouse and Bluefield High grad Keith Ferguson, who combined for 27 tackles and three sacks last year. Defensive end Anthony Pyle, a transfer from the Air Force Academy, “should make a great impact for us,” Justice said. The start at “rush end” remains a battle between Trey Preston and Ervin Moore. Lilly returns at weak-side linebacker. Austin Dotson, who Justice describes as “a big, physical kid from Clintwood, Va.,” is tabbed at middle linebacker, at least for now. At outside linebacker the competition is on among Gary Saylor, Nick Spradlin, Logan Jenkins and Nick Ortiz. Justice said, “Those four are doing a nice job in this camp and it’s nice to have options.” The offense will operate behind an experienced line. “I feel that I have eight guys who are very good football players in the offensive line,” said Justice, who doubles as the CU line coach. “They got tested last year. I had eight different guys who started games. So in my mind, I need at least eight that can play.” Center Kevin Saylor will probably be joined by Tyler Billings and Cody Parker on the left side and Josh Cottle at right guard. Coleman Osborne and Tyler Kerr are battling to start at right tackle.
2013 Concord Football Schedule Sept. 7 at Lenoir-Rhyne Sept. 14 W.Va. State* Sept. 21 at Bowie State Sept. 28 at West Liberty* Oct. 5 Fairmont State* Oct. 12 at Urbana* Oct. 19 W.Va. Wesleyan* Oct. 26 at Charleston* Nov. 2 UVa-Wise* Nov. 9 at Notre Dame (Ohio)* Nov. 16 Shepherd* * Mountain East Conference game
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Bluefield’s own... Concord linebacker and Bluefield product Jake Lilly looks to make a tackle for the Mountain Lions last season. The quarterback competition is still a two-way battle between Brian Novak and Albert Rose, who started some games last year as a freshman. Justice said, “Both of those guys are very capable of winning ballgames.” Calvinaugh Jones, a freshman find at halfback last year, will share carries with Sam Wright. “Those guys will both get a ton of carries for us,” Justice said. Ben Nester is the short-yardage back and Ethan Richardson will
get some carries as well. The fullbacks are Shaun Workinger and Josh Williams. The tight ends will be freshmen Dalton Brindo and Tony Miller. A talented receiving corps includes Derrick Williams, Ryan Stewart, D.J. Holmes, Tiko Henderson and a returnee to Athens, Jake Rollo. Justice said, “I definitely want to set up a lot of passes with the run game, and I feel I finally have the offensive line that physically can
do that. We probably average 6-3, 280 across the board now, and I’ve never had that, since I’ve been here.” Andrew Huska earned all-conference recognition as a kickoff specialist, and may double as the punter if Giles High grad Garrett Lee doesn’t claim the job. Andy Ellington looks to continue as placekicker. The task of returning kicks and punts is still a wideopen audition. “We’ll probably have a lot of different guys do it early, to see who takes it and runs with it,” Justice said. The depth of talent has the squad and its coach optimistic. “Hopefully, this is the best year we’ve ever had,” Justice said.
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Bluefield College Rams Almost like starting over for Walker and Rams By BRIAN WOODSON Bluefield Daily Telegraph BLUEFIELD, Va. — One year later and it’s almost like Bluefield College is starting over again. The entire coaching staff and most of the players have changed since last year’s 0-11 campaign, the school’s first football season since 1941. Ordell Walker, who replaced Mike Gravier as head coach in May, has the Rams working toward their season opener on Aug. 31 at Point University in Valley, Ala. “I am really excited about what I have seen so far,” Walker said. “Probably the biggest thing is when you taking over a program in the summer and you are so young is creating a culture and that has really been our focus.” “Getting our guys on the same page as far as who we want to be, how we want to play with great intensity, loud, energetic and flying around to the ball, a fanatical effort, that is just a big word I use all the time.” Not only has the coaching staff changed, but only 25 players on the current roster were on the 77man opening game roster last season for the Rams. That means plenty of competition for jobs. “We have been very competitive going back and forth offense and defense, our guys are doing a good job of learning the new schemes, techniques and assignments and learning the offense,”
Offensive coordinator Aaron Mingo said. “We have a lot of position battles going on right now at pretty much every position.” That includes quarterback, where Mingo is working with five prospects, including holdovers Cory Mabry and Austin Van Es, along with newcomers Ashten Dixon, Josh Erby and Armani Ford. “The guy that can manage the offense the best is the guy who is going to win the job,” said Mingo, who expects to name a starter after Friday’s scrimmage with Emory & Henry. “The guy who can ultimately give us the best chance to win, a guy, that when he is in there, the offense moves the best, that is going to be the deciding factor.” Marion Harris returns at running back, and is competing with Adrian Pope and freshman Torrie Battle. Rodrell Smith, who was probably the Rams’ best offensive performer last season, will be joined at receiver by PikeView product Joel Calfee, along with Richard Johnson and David Gianesin, both of whom are JUCO transfers from California. Concord transfer and former Graham standout Darrius Carper (6’5, 330) leads the offensive line, along with returnees Hayne Darby and Cameron Carter (6’3, 350). Matt Hollandsworth returns at tight end. He recorded Bluefield’s first touchdown since 1941 in the season opening loss to Pikeville. Mike Scott, who is Bluefield’s
2013 Bluefield College Football Schedule Aug. 31 at Point Sept. 7 at Pikeville* Sept. 21 Kentucky Christian* Sept. 28 at Cumberland (Tenn.) Oct. 5 at Bethel Oct. 12 Belhaven Oct. 19 Union* Oct. 26 at Southern Virginia Nov. 2 at Georgetown* Nov. 9 at Lindsey Wilson* Nov. 16 Cumberlands (Ky).* * Mid-South Conference Game
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Running for a win... Bluefield receiver Rodrell Smith, middle, returns to the Rams this season. third defensive coordinator in the last eight months, has several returnees, including defensive backs Frank Brooks, Anthony Rivers and Stewart Copening, linemen Tanner Gilleland and Jonathan Toe, along with linebackers Harry Casseus and R.J. Buford, from Bluefield High School. “I am really excited, we are going to be a young, aggressive defense,” Scott said. “We are going to pursue the ball fanatically and make sure we all get
around the ball and that will be our strength. “Right now we are so young and it is so early in the camp, there is still lot of things to learn, still a lot more defenses we need to install, but I think our plan is to be as structured, disciplined and slide to the ball type of defense.” Bluefield, which will have just four of its 11 games at Mitchell Stadium, also returns kicker Caleb Frye and busy punter Daniel Griffin, The ‘process’ of building a pro-
gram is what Walker is focused on, which means rep-to-rep progress in search of success on and off the field. “We are just going to play all out so that is the learned skill and that is really what we are trying to get our guys to learn, and also to be mentally tough,” Walker said. “The program came from a difficult year and there are so many new guys in one of the best football conferences in the country... “I really love the way our guys have responded to what we have been trying to do. We have really had a lot of buy in and we have had a lot of fun out there, but it is very, very early. “We have a long ways to go and that is what I love about coaching, our game day is practice as coaches to see how our team progresses.”
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Big 12, with round-robin schedule, to test balance of the conference By STEPHEN HAWKINS Associated Press DALLAS — For the first time in three years, the Big 12 Conference has the same teams coming back from the previous season. While the seven-time defending national champion SEC and the Pac-12, among other leagues, have expanded during all the shuffling of conference affiliations the past few summers, the Big 12 has settled into a 10-team league. There is no league championship game in early December to determine the Big 12 champion. Instead, every team plays the other nine league schools in a round-robin schedule that stretches over three full months — from West Virginia going to Oklahoma on Sept. 7, until two final regular-season games Dec. 7. The title is seemingly up for grabs in the league that has lost four teams and added two since 2010. Consider the curious case of Texas, whose coach Mack Brown responded “Who knows?” when asked about being picked fourth in the Big 12 preseason poll by media who cover the league and as high as fourth nationally by at least one national magazine. “I do think that we have the most balanced league in the country right now, top to bottom,” Brown said. “Everybody else can beat anybody else in the league on a given day, and that’s not happening across the country. ... People are confused on who they think may win this conference championship, and that’s a compliment to our league.” Oklahoma State is the media’s choice to win the league this time around. Kansas State and Oklahoma shared the title last year, with the Wildcats getting the league’s automatic BCS berth because of their head-to-head victory over the Sooners. With Heisman Trophy finalist quarterback Collin Klein gone, KState is a preseason pick to finish in the bottom half of the league — just like the last two years, when the Wildcats instead finished in the top two. “I said last year that, if I were
WVU... Continued from 20 Andrew Buie, Dustin Garrison and Smith. Sims, Buie and Garrison all have 200-yard games
Big 12 Preseason Poll Oklahoma State (15) Oklahoma (8) Texas Christian (9) Texas (8) Baylor (2) Kansas State (1) Texas Tech West Virginia Iowa State Kansas
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given the opportunity, I would have picked us 99th” K-State coach Bill Snyder said. “As I look at it this year where we stand, I’d probably echo the same thought. It’s precarious trying to make those kinds of decisions as the season gets started.” ——— 5 THINGS TO WATCH 1. QB QUANDARY: Seven of the 10 teams had senior quarterbacks last season, so change is in the air. One of the most experienced QBs in the league hasn’t even taken a Big 12 snap: Before transferring to Kansas and sitting out last season, junior Jake Heaps started 16 of his 22 games at BYU. Texas junior David Ash has started a league-high 18 games while going through plenty of ups and downs. TCU senior Casey Pachall has 17
starts, but played only the first four games last season before leaving school for a substanceabuse program. Even Oklahoma State had two freshman quarterbacks who started multiple games last season, and a third who has since left the team. Iowa State provided Sam Richardson a head start, letting him start a couple of games late in his freshman season. 2. SOPHOMORE SEASONS: West Virginia and TCU both had their Big 12 debuts last season, when each were the reigning champs of their previous leagues. Both started the season in the Top 25 and got through September undefeated. But both finished 4-5 in league play, part of a four-team tie for fifth place. “It’s as competitive a conference as there is in
college football,” said Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen, whose team lost QB Geno Smith and nine other offensive starters. TCU returns nine starters from a defense that led the Big 12 in total defense — a staple for coach Gary Patterson’s teams through all the conferencehopping the Frogs did after being left out of the original Big 12 lineup in 1996. “I don’t think there’s any magic formula, but you can’t allow offenses to dictate,” he said. 3. SPEED FREAKS: Baylor, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma each ran more than 1,000 offensive plays last season, while West Virginia and Texas Tech were within 10 of reaching that plateau. All averaged more than 37 points a game. Expect more of the same up-tempo offense this season.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is talking about going even faster and Oklahoma, even without 50-game quarterback starter Landry Jones, doesn’t anticipate much difference. Texas, which had only 891 offensive snaps, plans for co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite, the former Longhorns quarterback, to help turn up the tempo there. 4. BACK HOME: Kliff Kingsbury excited Texas Tech fans with his big-passing ways as a quarterback from 1999-2002. Now he’s back in Lubbock as head coach after spending last season as offensive coordinator at Texas A&M , helping tutor Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel. Kingsbury will be 34 when the season begins, the youngest head coach in any BCSautomatic qualifying conference. Kingsbury joins Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy as a former standout quarterback now coach at his Big 12 alma mater. Gundy took over as the Cowboys’ head coach 16 years after his last game; Kingsbury is back 11 years later. 5. WHEN DOES BASKETBALL START?: The Kansas football team has lost 21 consecutive Big 12 games since 2010. For his second season, Charlie Weis has more than 20 junior college transfers on the roster. That’s not a long-term fix, but more a shortterm necessity for a coach who has dismissed 29 scholarship players for a variety of off-the-field issues. “Not one of those players did I get rid of because they weren’t any good. You can’t do it for that reason,” said Weis, who was 1-11 his first season. “So now I took a team that already wasn’t very good, and I made them worse talent-wise. So that led to we need to fill the holes right now.” The Jayhawks basketball team shared its ninth consecutive Big 12 title earlier this spring.
on their college resumes. Both Sims and Buie ran for 851 yards last year. Garrison played sparingly while recovering from knee surgery. Smith was with the team during spring practice but has
been slowed in preseason camp by a thigh bruise. 5. PASS CATCHERS: Holgorsen said he didn't lose any sleep over the exits of Austin and Bailey, but it did leave gaping holes at wide
receiver. Ivan McCartney is the top returnee with nine catches for 112 yards as a junior. McCartney left the team for personal reasons last November after struggling for playing time and returned to
the roster in May. Holgorsen said his best player might be sophomore Cody Clay, who could line up at tight end, slot receiver or in the backfield. Predicted finish: Eighth.
Staff photo by Bob Redd
Country Roads... Milan-Puskar Stadium wiill seat 60,000 for the Mountaineers’ second season in the Big 12.
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Loaded Clemson could give ACC's reputation a boost By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference got bigger. Now it's time to find out if it got better. Syracuse and Pittsburgh are finally in after nearly two years of Big East purgatory, bringing the ACC up to 14 teams and helping to solidify its status as a power conference. The league has plenty of things going for it. It's wedded to the Orange Bowl for at least 13 more years with an attractive lineup of other bowls behind it. The new grant-of-rights agreement makes it highly unlikely that anybody follows Maryland out the door. But there's still work to do as the ACC once again tries to make itself nationally relevant on the field — and the league's preseason favorite, Clemson, has the best chance to raise the profile of the conference. The Tigers have the league's most likely Heisman Trophy contender in quarterback Tajh Boyd and a schedule bookended by Southeastern Conference heavyweights Georgia and South Carolina. They made people take them seriously by beating LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl last December, and how they deal with the increased attention that came along with that victory could determine whether they're in contention for their second ACC title in three years — if not a bigger prize. "I told them last year (that) we didn't handle success very good" in 2011, coach Dabo Swinney said. "We're going to have success again, and how we handle that is going to determine our season. And they did a much better job last year. "We have to focus on Clemson and our formula for success, our preparation," he added. "That's what matters." ——— 5 THINGS TO WATCH: 1. PUT UP OR SHUT UP. The ACC has plenty of early season chances to raise its profile. In addition to that Clemson-Georgia game, Virginia Tech-Alabama and Miami-Florida are among the high-profile matchups that could either make people take notice of the basketball-first league — or simply shrug their shoulders at another missed opportunity. It went just 4-11 in 2012 against the four other heavyweight leagues,
ACC Preseason Atlantic Division 1, Clemson (102) 815 2, Florida State (18) 731 3, North Carolina State 490 4, Wake Forest 392 5, Maryland 373 6, Syracuse 320 7, Boston College 211 Coastal Division 1, Miami (65) 736 2, Virginia Tech (27) 654 3, North Carolina (22) 649 4, Georgia Tech (6) 522 5, Pittsburgh 313 6, Virginia 230 7, Duke 228 ACC Champion Clemson 95, Florida State 15, Georgia Tech 3, Miami 3. North Carolina, 3. Virginia Tech, 1
es. But that's not to say they aren't feeling any pressure. A fifth straight losing season for Grobe would make that 2006 Orange Bowl run feel like a lifetime ago, and all eyes in Blacksburg are on Beamer's overhauled offensive staff after last year's out-of-character 7-6 finish.
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Enter Sandman... Virginia Tech will host ACC football this season at Lane Stadium. and was winless in four final-week matchups with the mighty Southeastern Conference. 2. CLEMSON'S CHANCE. The Tigers shape up as the ACC's best shot at a serious national title contender, with Boyd, the league's reigning player of the year throwing to 2011 breakout star Sammy Watkins. But the last time Clemson was picked to win the ACC (2008) the Tigers stumbled to a 3-4 start that led to a midseason coaching change. In the ACC's neverending fight against its public perception, the league can ill afford a faceplant from its preseason favorite. They host Florida State on Oct. 19 in a game that likely will decide the Atlantic Division race. 3. DARK HORSES. The league's parity — or is it mediocrity? — usually means a team or two can come out of nowhere to challenge for a division title. Duke was in the mix in the Coastal Division last year, Virginia did it
the year before, and it's hard forget Wake Forest's surprise run to the title in 2006. This year it could be North Carolina, which lost 10 players but has enough talent back — led by QB Bryn Renner, TE Eric Ebron and DE Kareem Martin — to make coach Larry Fedora's second season an interesting one. Or maybe there's a surprise coming at Maryland, where all those injuries in 2012 mean plenty of players got at least some game experience and WR Stefon Diggs could be one of the league's top playmakers. And don't look past coach Paul Johnson's triple-option at Georgia Tech, which returns virtually its entire offensive line. Former backup QB Vad Lee showed promise last season, rushing for nine TDs. 4. THE NEW GUYS. Unlike the ACC's 2003 expansion, nobody's expecting much of a football upgrade from Syracuse and Pitt. Those schools have combined for
two 10-win seasons since 1992 and one outright Big East title in the past 15 years (Syracuse, 1998). Other new faces to keep an eye on: Boston College coach Steve Addazio will try to turn around a program coming off its first consecutive losing seasons since 1997-98, N.C. State coach Dave Doeren arrives after leading Northern Illinois to back-to-back Mid-American Conference titles and takes over for the fired Tom O'Brien — who's now on Virginia's staff — and Duke safety Jeremy Cash, an Ohio State transfer who will look to improve a defense that allowed at least 41 points to six of its final seven opponents. 5. COACHING RANKS: None of the ACC's coaches appear to be in serious danger of being fired — at least, not yet. Twelve of the 14 schools have changed coaches since 2007, and the other two — Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer and Wake Forest's Jim Grobe — are institutions on their campus-
By The Associated Press Jan. 9, 2012 — Alabama 21, LSU 0 Jan. 10, 2011 — Auburn 22, Oregon 19 Jan. 7, 2010 — Alabama 37, Texas 21 Jan. 8, 2009 — Florida 24, Oklahoma 14 Jan. 7, 2008 — LSU 38, Ohio State 24 Jan. 8, 2007 — Florida 41, Ohio State 14 BCS Championship Games Jan. 4, 2006 Rose Bowl — Texas 41, Southern Cal-x 38 Jan. 1, 2005 Orange Bowl — Southern Cal-x 55, Oklahoma 19 Jan. 4, 2004 Sugar Bowl — LSU 21, Oklahoma 14 Jan. 3, 2003 Fiesta Bowl — Ohio St. 31, Miami 24, 2OT Jan. 3, 2002 Rose Bowl — Miami 37, Nebraska 14 Jan. 3, 2001 Orange Bowl — Oklahoma 13, Florida State 2 Jan. 4, 2000 Sugar Bowl — Florida St. 46, Virginia Tech 29 Jan. 4, 1999 Fiesta Bowl — Tennessee 23, Florida State 16
NAIA Preseason Football Poll By The Associated Press 2012 RecordPts 1. Morningside (Iowa) (4) 13-1 280 2. Marian (Ind.) (8) 12-1 267 2. Missouri Valley (1) 12-1 267 4. Saint Xavier (Ill.) 11-2 260 5. Saint Francis (Ind.) 9-3 239 6. Georgetown (Ky.) 10-1 231 7. Montana Tech 8-3 230 8. Cumberlands (Ky.) 10-2 216 9. Bethel (Tenn.) 9-4 181 10. MAmerica Nazarene (Kn.) 8-3 176 11. St. Ambrose (Iowa) 9-2 170 12. Carroll (Mont.) 7-4 169 13. Northwestern (Iowa) 9-3 161 14. Southern Oregon 9-3 151 15. Baker (Kan.) 8-3 138 16. William Penn (Iowa) 9-3 129 17. Tabor (Kan.) 8-2 115 18. Ottawa (Kan.) 8-3 92 19. Grand View (Iowa) 8-3 88 20. Doane (Neb.) 7-3 61 21. Belhaven (Miss.) 6-5 56 22. Evangel (Mo.) 7-4 46 23. Langston (Okla.) 6-4 34 24. Benedictine (Kan.) 7-4 26 25. Cumberland (Tenn.) 8-3 24 Mid-South Conference teams in bold
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WVIAC power Shepherd pick to claim first Mountain East title Staff reports BRIDGEPORT — The Shepherd Rams have been picked to win the first-ever Mountain East Conference football title after a vote conducted by the league's coaches. Shepherd collected eight of 11 possible first-place votes in earning 117 points. Charleston was picked to finish runner-up with 101 points and also received two first-place votes. Concord was picked to finish third (94) in the 11-team league, followed by Glenville State (83) and West Liberty (79). Shepherd (8-3 in 2012) returns eight starters on both sides of the ball from a team that went 8-3 and earned a berth in the Division II playoffs. The Rams returns its entire offensive line that will pave the way for Jihad Rasheed and Allen Cross. The Rams also led the nation in rushing defense in the
last two seasons, led by lineman Howard Jones and cornerback and Keon Robinson. Charleston (9-2) lost two games last season by a combined 10 points. Charleston lost all-everything Jordan Roberts, but return the quarterback duo of Maurice Leak and John Knox. Eight starters are back on defense, along with standout kicker Puma Nuredini. Concord (7-4) won five of its last six games, and must replace six starters on each side of the ball. The Mountain Lions do return AllAmerica candidates in cornerback Riyahd Richardson and Bluefield linebacker product Jake Lilly. Calvinaugh Jones ran for 749 yards last season. Glenville State (6-5) lost five games, all on the road last season. The Pioneers return one of the top running backs in the country in Rahman Lee who rushed for 1,357
yards and 13 touchdowns a year ago. West Liberty (6-5) won four of six to end the season, including a onepoint win over Shepherd. Dylan Lagarde made five starts throwing for 1,150 yards with six touchdowns, but also had 14 interceptions. Isaiah Moody ran for 618 yards and six scores last year. Urbana (7-4) finished third in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Blue Knights will be led by AllAmerica candidate quarterback D.J. Mendenhall, who has thrown for 6,702 yards and ran for another 1,605 yards over the last three season. Joe Webb caught 63 balls for 1,074 yards last year. Fairmont State (4-6) will be led by first-year head coach Jason Woodman. Daniel Monroe is on pace to be one of the top backs in school history, while Garrett Davis led the nation last year in solo tack-
les per game. Notre Dame College (3-8) is in just its fourth year of existence under head coach Adam Howard, having played in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Pedro Powell rushed for a school record 1,460 yards and found the end zone 11 times last year. Virginia-Wise (3-8) is making the jump from NAIA to Division II. Fifteen starters return, including Zach Cochran (301 yards, five touchdowns), Terrance Younger (24 receptions, 516 yards) and safety Marcus Jones (65 tackles, six tackles for a loss). West Virginia State (2-9) will look to rebound under first year head coach Jon Anderson. The Yellow Jackets are led on defense by Wenly Beliard (67 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss) and Dominque Matthews (53 tackles, four tackles for a loss).
Mountain East Conference Poll 1. Shepherd (8) 2. Charleston (2) 3. Concord 4. Glenville State 5. West Liberty 6. Urbana (1) 7. Fairmont State 8. Notre Dame College 9. UVa-Wise 10. West Virginia State 11. West Virginia Wesleyan
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George Shehl (3-8) is another first year head coach for West Virginia Wesleyan. The Bobcats feature Lavaughn Hughes, who led NAIA Division II last year with 453 punt return yards and also added three punt return touchdowns. The inaugural Mountain East season begins on Sept. 5, with several teams in action, including Concord at LenoirRhyne waiting to play on Sept. 7.
Bluefield faces difficult climb through rugged Mid-South Conference By BRIAN WOODSON Bluefield Daily Telegraph BLUEFIELD, Va. — Bluefield College’s first season on the grdiron in the Mid-South Conference went about as expected. The Rams finished 0-11 on the season, and 0-6 in the league. It won’t be any easier in 2013, not in a league where five of the league’s 13 schools are ranked among the top 25 in the NAIA national preseason poll. That includes defending MSC champion Georgetown, which is ranked sixth, followed by No. 8 Cumberlands, Ky., No. 9 Bethel, No. 21 Belhaven and No. 25 Cumberland, Tenn. Bluefield, which played in the West Division of the Mid-South, has moved to the East, along with Lindsey Wilson for the 2013 season. Georgetown, in what is its final season in the MidSouth, is the preseason favorite to win the East, while Bethel is the pick in the West. Georgetown is anticipating a move to the NCAA Division II and the Great Midwest Conference. The Mid-South also includes non-football playing schools St. Catharine’s, Rio Grande and Shawnee
State. The University of Virginia’s College at Wise has joined the NCAA Division II’s Mountain East Conference. Below is a look at each school, with a few notes about each, listed in order of predicted finish in league. East Georgetown Location: Georgetown, Ky. Nickname: Tigers. Enrollment: 1,400. Head coach: Bill Cronin (17th, 155-36). 2012: 10-1, 5-0 (NAIA Playoffs, lost first round to Bethel 45-44). Notes: Final season in MidSouth Conference, currently a provisional member of Great Midwest Conference…Preseason pick to win East Division..Ranked 6th in NAIA preseason poll…Finished 1st in final NAIA regular season poll in 2012…Georgetown has 27game regular season win streak, and has won 18 divisional games in a row dating back to 2009…Have won 18 MSC regular season titles, including 2012…The Tigers have played in four NAIA national championship games, winning two of them. Cumberlands, Ky Location: Williamsburg, Ky. Nickname: Patriots. Enrollment: 1,743. Head coach: John Bland (8th, 57-
20). 2012: 10-2, 4-1, NAIA Playoffs, lost second round to St. Xavier 35-21. Notes: Patriots ranked 8th in NAIA preseason poll…Preseason All-American RB Terrance Cobb ran for 1,991 yards and DB Adrian Hightower picked off 10 passes last season. Kentucky Christian Location: Grayson, Ky. Nickname: Knights. Enrollment: 550. Head coach: Gene Peterson (1st season). 2012: 7-4, 3-1. Notes: Former head coach Mike Furry, is now a wide receivers coach at Marshall...Opens season with NAIA defending national champion Marian. Lindsey Wilson Location: Columbia, Ky. Nickname: Blue Raiders. Enrollment: 2,600. Head coach: Chris Oliver (4th, 1517). 2012: 3-8, 1-4,. Notes: Lindsey Wilson reinstated football in 2009, having been without the sport for 75 years, four more than Bluefield…Oliver served as a student-assistant at Ohio State in 2001-02. Union Location: Union, Ky. Nickname: Bulldogs. Enrollment: 1,350. Head coach: Tommy Reid (11th, 44-69). 2012: 4-7, 1-4. Notes: Reid was a threeyear starter at Glenville State, leading the Pioneers
to the NAIA Division I national title game in 1993. Pikeville Location: Pikeville, Ky. Nickname: Bears. Enrollment: 1,156. Head coach: Dudley Hilton (3rd, 7-14). 2012: 3-8, 1-4. Note: Hilton won 345 games in 36 seasons on prep gridirons in Kentucky before taking over at Pikeville. He won three state titles, and had 34 winning seasons in row Bluefield Location: Bluefield, Va. Nickname: Rams. Enrollment: 850. Head coach: Ordell Walker (first season). 2012: 0-6, 0-11. Notes: Second season of football since 1941. Bluefield last won a game on Nov. 20, 1941, a 30-7 decision over Rio Grande (Ohio). West Bethel Location: McKenzie, Tenn. Nickname: Wildcats. Enrollment: 1,300. Head coach: Chris Elliott (2nd, 94). 2012: 6-0, 9-4 (NAIA Playoffs, lost second round to Missouri Valley 10-7). Notes: Ranked 9th in NAIA preseason football poll…Shocked top-ranked Georgetown in the opening round of the NAIA playoffs last season. Belhaven Location: Jackson, Miss. Nickname: Blazers. Enrollment: 2,951. Head
coach: Joseph Thrasher (5th, 21-23). 2012: 6-5, 4-2. Notes: The preseason favorite in the West Division…Ranked 21st in the NAIA preseason national poll…Belhaven must travel 692 miles to Bluefield on Oct. 12. Cumberland, Tenn. Location: Lebanon, Tenn. Nickname: Bulldogs. Enrollment: 1,345. Head coach: Donnie Suber (first season). 2012: 8-3, 4-2. Notes: Ranked 25th in the NAIA preseason national poll. ..Suber replaced Dewayne Alexander as head coach of the Bulldogs...Cumberland is most known for its 222-0 loss to Georgia Tech in 1916. Faulkner Location: Montgomery, Ala. Nickname: Eagles. Enrollment: 2,700. Head coach: Brent Barber (2nd, 6-5). 2012: 6-5, 4-2. Notes: Last season was the first winning mark in program history, which has an overall record of just 10-41. Quarterback Josh Hollingsworth, who transferred from Furman, was an NAIA All-American in 2011, throwing for 3,937 yards and 43 touchdowns.. Campbellsville Location: Campbellsville, Ky. Nickname: Tigers. Enrollment: 3.000. Head
Mid-South Conference Poll East Division 1. Georgetown (Ky.) (5) 2. Cumberlands (Ky.) (2) 3. Kentucky Christian 4. Lindsey Wilson* 5. Union 6. Pikeville 7. Bluefield (Va.)* West Division T1. Belhaven (Miss.) (2) T1. Bethel (Tenn.) (3) T3. Cumberland (Tenn.) (1) T3.Faulkner (Ala.) 5. Campbellsville (Ky.) 6. Reinhardt (Ga.)
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coach: Perry Thomas (5th, 27-30). 2012: 3-8, 2-4. Notes: Won the 2011 NCCAA Victory Bowl…Finished second to Georgetown three straight years prior to last season.. Reinhardt Location: Waleska, Ga. Nickname: Eagles. Enrollment: 1,253. Head coach: Danny Cronic (1st season). Season opener: Aug. 31, at Mercer. 2012: DNP. Note: First season of college football…Will not play Bluefield, which is in its second season of football…Has played the Rams in other sports as members of the Appalachian Athletic Conference…Reserved season tickets for Reinhardt football sold out in a month...Cronic has 36 years of coaching experience, and is a member of two county sports hall of fames in
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Tulsa, ECU chance to exit Conference USA with another title By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer Tulsa and East Carolina get one more chance to win another Conference USA title before moving to a new league. Or maybe a newcomer like Louisiana Tech or Middle Tennessee can get started with a championship in C-USA, which still has plenty of teams coming and going. The Bulldogs and Blue Raiders are among six new teams this season in Conference USA, those additions more than offsetting the four that left. Tulane joins Tulsa and East Carolina as schools in their final season in the league — and that trio will be fully replaced over the next two years. "Honestly, it's exciting to me. I think that having the fact that it's already out there that there's going to be transition when the year's over, it takes away the concern," said Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship. "What I'm more excited about is getting to play Texas-San Antonio and Larry Coker, and North Texas and Dan McCarney, and Skip Holtz and Louisiana Tech." Defending C-USA champion Tulsa lost eight starters from the league's top defense but is still the West Division favorite. The Golden Hurricane also won the league's first championship game in 2005. East Carolina, which has also won two titles in that span, returns eight starters on both offense and defense and is favored in the East on its way out. "It's not that awkward and being picked always just makes it a real challenge, but it shows great respect for your program," Pirates coach Ruffin McNeill said. McNeill is in his fourth season at East Carolina, where he replaced Skip Holtz, who is back in C-USA
Award... Continued from 3 recommendations for this award. Local fans can also make suggestions, but please contact the coaching staff and have them provide statistics to help in a decision that only gets more difficult as the season progress. Past winners for player of the year have included two-time winners Ahmad Bradshaw (Graham) and Devon Johnson (Richlands). Other top honorees have include Jake Lilly, Will Cole and Rusty Coeburn of Bluefield, Graham’s Robert Henry and H.T. Mathews,
Conference USA Poll East Division East Carolina (11) Marshall (2) Middle Tennessee (1) Alabama-Birmingham Southern Mississippi Florida Atlantic Florida International West Division Tulsa (14) Rice Louisiana Tech Texas-EL Paso North Texas Tulane Texas-San Antonio
Herd Nation... Joan C. Edwards Stadium at Marshall seats around 40,000 for college football games. in his first season at Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs didn't play in a bowl last season even after going 9-3 while averaging 51 points and 578 yards per game. Sonny Dykes, another son of a well-known head coach, left for California and there are also 32 seniors gone from that squad. The only way Holtz faces East Carolina is if both teams make it to the league championship game. When Tulsa, East Carolina and Tulane head to the American Athletic Conference, there will be seven former C-USA teams next season in the league that used to be the Big East. ——— FIVE THINGS TO WATCH: 1) WELCOME — AND STAY AWHILE: There are four first-year coaches in C-USA, and all are at schools set to still be in the league next season. Sean Kugler is a UTEP alum and former assistant (1993-2000) who then coached for
three NFL teams before getting his first head coaching job as Mike Price's replacement. Former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken takes over at Southern Miss, which was the only winless FBS team last season at 0-12, coming a year after the Golden Eagles were 12-2 and C-USA champs. Southern Miss next season will be the only team remaining from the original 1996 C-USA lineup. Holtz spent the last three seasons in the Big East with South Florida. Ron Turner is in his first season at FIU after working for three different NFL teams since his stint at Illinois' head coach from 19972004. 2) LOT OF LONE STAR: Four of the league's 14 teams are in Texas — North Texas, Rice, UTEP and UTSA. That should help build some regional rivalries, especially with all of them in the West Division. "You look back at the Southwest Conference days, all
the great rivalries existed because of the locations of the universities," Rice coach David Bailiff said. And Louisiana Tech, which had been in the WAC, isn't too far away. "All of a sudden you've got car-ride trips for your fan base, where people get in the car and put the flag in the window," Holtz said. "Their fans can also come to our place, which I think is going to be a completely different atmosphere for Louisiana Tech. Because being in the WAC, every trip's been a plane ride." 3) PASSING HERD: With Rakeem Cato throwing the ball at Marshall, expect more video game-like numbers the offense. Cato led the FBS last year with 350 yards passing and 34 completions a game, along with a leaguebest 37 touchdowns. His career 66 percent completion rate is current the best in school history, ahead of Byron Leftwich or Chad Pennington. And Cato has his top
Justin McCracken (Richlands), Taylor Robertson (James Monroe) and Mann (Giles). Coach of the year has been presented for six seasons, with honorees including Greg Mance (Richlands), Jeff Damewood (PikeView), Bobby Wyatt (Tazewell), Mitch Estep (River View) and Hubbard (Honaker). College football has watch lists, and lots of them. Here is our own watch list for the 2013 season. There could be plenty more. Two of the 11 that earned player of the year honors last year were not on the watch list, similar to Cam Newton, who won the Heisman Trophy for
Auburn in 2010, without any preseason hype. Here are just a few players to watch for this particular award in 2013. There are many more. Ryan Absher, Montcalm Shannon Adams, Twin Valley Gray Baker, Richlands Cameron Barbetto, Twin Valley Charles Benfield, Graham Dusty Boggess, Giles R.J. Bourne, Bluefield Jeffrey Bowen, Haysi Ben Brown, Richlands Isaiah Brown, Summers County Malik Davis, Tazewell Casey Dye, Honaker D.J. Edwards, Bluefield
Tyler Faulkner, Bland County Jason Grose, Montcalm Joe Hall, Narrows Christian Hedinger, Wyoming East Colby Hill, Graham Randy Horton, Honaker Gregg Marshall River View LaQuell Martin, Mount View Terrance Martin, Narrows Chris McBride, PikeView Brady McClanahan, Grundy Charles McCoy, Grundy Reed McNeer, James Monroe Jacob McReynolds, Tazewell Hunter Moses, PikeView Jay Palmer, Princeton Rodney Perdue, Narrows Jamari Perry, Mount View
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receiver back in junior Tommy Shuler, who had a school-record 110 catches last season for 1,138 yards and six touchdowns. 4) SUNNY OUTLOOK?: Middle Tennessee, going into its 99th football season, was part of a three-way tie for second in the Sun Belt Conference last season. Florida Atlantic and FIU were both 2-6 in the Sun Belt, and the only team to finish below them in that league was South Alabama, a transitioning FBS team that wasn't even eligible for the league title. FIU lost eight starters on both sides of the ball, but Florida Atlantic has 15 starters back (seven on offense, eight on defense). 5) NOW FOR THE KICKER(S): Tulane kicker Cairo Santos made all 21 of his field goal attempts last season, including a 57-yarder that matched Rice's Chris Boswell for the longest in the conference. Boswell made an FBS-high six kicks of at least 50 yards last season and has 11 in his career. UAB's Ty Long was 14 of 17 with a 54-yarder. Half of the league's teams have returning kickers who made kicks of at least 51 yards. The others are UTSA's Sean Ianno, Southern Miss' Corey Acosta, Florida Atlantic's Mitch Anderson and East Carolina's Warren Harvey. Carter Rasnick, Tazewell Cody Rhodes, Giles Tahj Sho-Johnson, Princeton T.J. Smith, Summers County Colton Staten, Richlands D.J. Stewart, Bluefield Jacob Summe, Wyoming East Jalen Sykes, Haysi Brian Young, James Monroe Dylan Walker, Bland County Brett Whitlow, Giles Jordan Wilson, River View
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2013 WEEK-BY-WEEK SCHEDULES Week 1 Friday, Aug. 30 High Schools Graham at Bluefield, 7:30 p.m. James Monroe at Greenbrier East, 7:30 p.m. River View at Mount View, 7:30 p.m. PikeView at Summers County, 7:30 p.m. Shady Spring at Princeton, 7:30 p.m. Wyoming East at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m. Craig County at Bland County, 7 p.m. Blacksburg at Giles, 7 p.m. Grundy at Twin Valley, 7:30 p.m. Haysi at Castlewood, 7:30 p.m. Honaker at Lebanon, 7:30 p.m. Hurley at East Ridge, Ky, 7:30 p.m. Auburn at Narrows, 7 p.m. Gate City at Richlands, 7:30 p.m. Tazewell at Virginia High, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 High Schools Hundred at Montcalm, 1 p.m. Colleges William & Mary at West Virginia, noon Bluefield at Point, noon Brigham Young at Virginia, 3:30 p.m. Virginia Tech vs. Alabama (at Atlanta), 5:30 p.m. Miami (Ohio) at Marshall, 7 p.m.
Week 2 Friday, Sept. 6 High Schools Bluefield at Princeton, 7:30 p.m. Summers County at James Monroe, 7:30 p.m. Twin Valley at Montcalm, 7 p.m. Man at Mount View, 7:30 p.m. Independence at PikeView, 7:30 p.m. Buffalo at River View, 7:30 p.m. Westside at Wyoming East, 7:30 p.m. Rural Retreat at Bland County, 7:30 p.m. Giles at Christiansburg, 7 p.m. Tazewell at Graham, 7 p.m. Lebanon at Grundy, 7:30 p.m. Eastside at Hurley, 7:30 p.m. Eastern Montgomery at Narrows, 7 p.m. Richlands at Union. 7:30 p.m. Bye: Haysi, Honaker Saturday, Sept. 7 Colleges Western Carolina at Virginia Tech, 1:30 p.m. Oregon at Virginia, 3:30 p.m. Gardner-Webb at Marshall, 6:30 p.m. West Virginia at Oklahoma, 7 p.m. Bluefield at Pikeville, 7 p.m. Concord at Lenoir-Rhyne, 7 p.m.
Week 3 Friday, Sept. 13 High Schools Narrows at Montcalm, 7 p.m. Tug Valley at Mount View, 7:30 p.m. PikeView at Liberty, 7:30 p.m. Princeton at Capital, 7:30 p.m. Summers County at Grafton, 7:30 p.m. Sherman at Wyoming East, 7:30 p.m. Northwood at Bland County, 7 p.m. Graham at Richlands, 7:30 p.m. Hurley at Grundy, 7:30 p.m. Clintwood at Haysi, 7:30 p.m. Honaker at Eastside, 7:30 p.m. Tazewell at Sullivan Central, 7:30 p.m. Twin Valley at East Ridge, Ky., 7:30 p.m.
2013 Top Area Prep Games 1. Graham at Bluefield: Should be as good as ever. Enough said. 2. Richlands at Bluefield: Area’s top 2 teams back by popular demand. 3. Clintwood at Honaker: Tigers second in state in 2012, ‘Wave on state in ‘11. 4. Wayne at Bluefield: Pioneers seek three-peat, Beavers lost big last two years. 5. Richlands at Union: Former rivals Powell Valley, Appalachia will challenge Blues. 6. Giles at Graham: The Spartans bring the single wing to 7. Bluefield at Princeton: Combined for 96 points last season, won by Beavers. 8. Graham at Richlands: Graham has lost five straight to Blue Tornado.
Bye: Bluefield, Giles, James Monroe, River View Saturday, Sept. 14 Colleges Virginia Tech at East Carolina, noon Georgia State at West Virginia, noon West Virginia State at Concord, 1 p.m. Marshall at Ohio, 8 p.m. Open: Bluefield, Virginia
Week 4 Friday, Sept. 20 High Schools Gate City at Bluefield, 7:30 p.m. James Monroe at PikeView, 7:30 p.m. Craig County at Montcalm, 7 p.m. Mount View at Liberty, 7:30 p.m. Princeton at Hurricane, 7:30 p.m. River View at Man, 7:30 p.m. Wyoming East at Summers County, 7:30 p.m. Bland County at Holston, 7:30 p.m. Narrows at Giles, 7 p.m. Graham at Grundy, 7:30 p.m. Tug Valley at Haysi, 7:30 p.m. Central-Wise at Honaker, 7:30 p.m. Shelby Valley, Ky. at Hurley, 7:30 p.m. Richlands at Lord Botetourt, 7:30 p.m. Tazewell at Chilhowie, 7:30 p.m. Twin Valley at Northwood, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 Colleges Concord at Bowie State, 1 p.m. Kentucky Christian at Bluefield, 6 p.m. Marshall at Virginia Tech, TBA Maryland at West Virginia, TBA VMI at Virginia, TBA
Week 5 Thursday, Sept. 26 Colleges Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 High Schools Bluefield at Greenbrier East, 7:30 p.m. River View at James Monroe, 7:30 p.m. Auburn at Montcalm, 7 p.m. Mount View at Wyoming East, 7:30 p.m. Shady Spring at PikeView, 7:30 p.m. Spring Valley at Princeton, 7:30 p.m. Greenbrier West at Summers County, 7:30 p.m. Bland County at Eastern Montgomery, 7 p.m. Giles at Graham, 7 p.m. Haysi at Grundy, 7:30 p.m. Honaker at Twin Valley, 7:30 p.m. Hurley at Craig County, 7:30 p.m. Narrows at Rural Retreat, 7:30 p.m. Virginia High at Richlands, 7:30 p.m. George Wythe at Tazewell, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 Colleges Concord at West Liberty, 1 p.m. Bluefield at Cumberland, Tenn, 2 p.m. Oklahoma State at West Virginia, TBA Virginia at Pittsburgh, TBA Open: Marshall
Week 6 Friday, Oct. 4 High Schools Richlands at Bluefield, 7:30 p.m. James Monroe at Chapmanville, 7:30 p.m. Montcalm at Northwood, 7:30 p.m. Greenbrier West at PikeView, 7:30 p.m. 9. River View at Mount View: Season starts with McDowell County showdown. 10. Honaker at Haysi: Black Diamond District at stake again. 11. Richlands at Tazewell: Rivals still get after each other, Blues have won since ‘03. 12. Princeton at James Monroe: Two local teams meet in season’s final week. 13. Tazewell at Graham: G-Men has won five in a row over rebuilding Bulldogs. 14. Bluefield at Oak Hill: Bluefield speed vs. Devils’ Jalen Jones. Check it out. 15. Bland County at Narrows: Always a competitive game between small schools. 16. Mount View at James Monroe: Two teams searching for past glory. 17. Woodrow Wilson at Princeton: Tigers will try to ground the hard-Flying Eagles. 18. Narrows at Giles: Big game in Giles County, dominated by the Spartans. 19. Honaker at Lebanon: Bragging rights at stake in Russell County.
George Washington at Princeton, 7:30 p.m. Wyoming East at River View, 7:30 p.m. Summers County at Covington, 7 p.m. Galax at Giles, 7 p.m. Shelby Valley, Ky. at Grundy, 7:30 p.m. Twin Springs at Haysi, 7:30 p.m. Honaker at John Battle, 7:30 p.m. Hurley at Thomas Walker. 7:30 p.m. Marion at Tazewell, 7:30 p.m. Phelps, Ky. at Twin Valley, 7:30 p.m. Bye: Bland County, Graham, Mount View, Narrows Saturday, Oct. 5 Colleges Fairmont State at Concord, 2 p.m. Texas -San Antonio at Marshall, 2 p.m. Bluefield at Bethel, 3 p.m. North Carolina at Virginia Tech, TBA West Virginia at Baylor, TBA Ball State at Virginia, TBA
Week 7 Friday, Oct. 11 High Schools Bluefield at River View, 7:30 p.m. James Monroe at Westside, 7:30 p.m. Montcalm at Tri-Cities Christian, 7 p.m. Mount View at Meadow Bridge, 7:30 p.m. PikeView at Wyoming East, 7:30 p.m. Princeton at St. Albans, 7:30 p.m. Independence at Summers County, 7:30 p.m. Bland County at Narrows, 7 p.m. Auburn at Giles, 7 p.m. Grayson County at Graham, 7 p.m. Thomas Walker at Haysi, 7:30 p.m. Clintwood at Honaker, 7:30 p.m. Richlands at Tazewell, 7:30 p.m. Twin Valley at Hannan, 7:30 p.m. Bye: Grundy, Hurley Saturday, Oct. 12 Colleges Concord at Urbana, noon Belhaven at Bluefield, 1:30 p.m. Marshall at Florida Atlantic, 5 p.m. Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech, TBA Virginia at Maryland, TBA Open: West Virginia
Week 8 Friday, Oct. 18 High Schools Westside at Bluefield, 7:30 p.m. Mount View at James Monroe, 7:30 p.m. Midland Trail at Montcalm, 7 p.m. PikeView at River View, 7:30 p.m. Riverside at Princeton, 7:30 p.m. Meadow Bridge at Summers County, 7:30 p.m. Wyoming East at Shady Spring, 7:30 p.m. Grayson County at Bland County, 7 p.m. Giles at Eastern Montgomery, 7 p.m. Grundy at East Ridge, Ky., 7:30 p.m. Twin Valley at Haysi, 7:30 p.m. Hurley at Honaker, 7:30 p.m. Fort Chiswell at Narrows, 7 p.m. Bye: Richlands, Tazewell Saturday, Oct. 19 High Schools Galax at Graham, 1:30 p.m. Colleges West Virginia Wesleyan at Concord, 1 p.m. Union at Bluefield, 6:30 p.m. Texas Tech at West Virginia, TBA Duke at Virginia, TBA Open: Virginia Tech, Marshall
20. James Monroe at PikeView: Healthy rivalry has developed between schools. 21. Wyoming East at Summers County: Both teams ended playoff droughts in ‘12. 22. Graham at Grundy: Former Southwest District rivals back on the field. 23. River View at Westside: Last two meetings have been decided by 8 points. 24. Grundy at Tazewell: Another old SWD rivalry renewed at Bulldog Stadium. 25. Giles at Christiansburg: Spartans are Divison 2, Blue Demons are Division 4. 26. Narrows at Montcalm: An interesting small school tilt between local teams. 27. Man at River View: Is there a better nickname out than Hillbillies? 28. Hurley at Grundy: Hurley nearly corraled the Wave in ‘12, losing by 2 points. 29. Mount View at Wyoming East: MV beat Warriors in ‘12 to snap 31-game skid. 30. Twin Valley at Montcalm: Two of the smaller area schools meet in Week 2.
Week 9 Thursday, Oct. 24 Marshall at Middle Tennessee State, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 High Schools Bluefield at Oak Hill, 7:30 p.m. Liberty at James Monroe, 7:30 p.m. Montcalm at Tygarts Valley, 7 p.m. Summers County at Mount View, 7:30 p.m. PikeView at Meadow Bridge, 7:30 p.m. Woodrow Wilson at Princeton, 7:30 p.m. River View at Nicholas County, 7:30 p.m. Bland County at Graham, 7 p.m. Giles at Radford, 7 p.m. Grundy at Tazewell, 7:30 p.m. Haysi at Hurley, 7:30 p.m. Castlewood at Honaker, 7:30 p.m. Narrows at Galax, 7 p.m. Abingdon at Richands, 7:30 p.m. Twin Valley at Rye Cove, 7:30 p.m. Bye: Wyoming East Saturday, Oct. 26 Colleges Concord at Charleston, 1 p.m. Bluefield at Southern Virginia, 1 p.m. West Virginia at Kansas State, TBA Duke at Virginia Tech, TBA Georgia Tech at Virginia, TBA
Grundy at Richlands, 7:30 p.m. Honaker at Haysi, 7:30 p.m. Hurley at Twin Valley, 7:30 p.m. Lebanon at Tazewell, 7:30 p.m. Bye: Montcalm, Summers County Saturday, Nov. 9 Colleges Alabama-Birmingham at Marshall, noon Concord at Notre Dame, 1 p.m. Bluefield at Lindsey Wilson, 3:30 p.m. Texas at West Virginia, TBA Virginia Tech at Miami, TBA Virginia at North Carolina, TBA
Week 12 Thursday, Nov. 14 Colleges Marshall at Tulsa, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-16 High Schools West Virginia Playoffs, Round one Virginia Playoffs, Round one Saturday, Nov. 16 Colleges Shepherd at Concord, 1 p.m. Cumberlands, Ky. at Bluefield, 1:30 p.m. West Virginia at Kansas, TBA Maryland at Virginia Tech, TBA Open: Virginia
Week 10 Friday, Nov. 1 High Schools James Monroe at Bluefield, 7:30 p.m. Montcalm at Hannan, 7 p.m. Westside at Mount View, 7:30 p.m. River View at Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m. Summers County at Richwood, 7:30 p.m. Wyoming East at Independence, 7:30 p.m. Galax at Bland County, 7 p.m. Floyd County at Giles, 7 p.m. Graham at Fort Chiswell, 7 p.m. Grundy at Honaker, 7:30 p.m. Haysi at Harlan, Ky., 7:30 p.m. Phelps, Ky. at Hurley, 7:30 p.m. Narrows at Grayson County, 7 p.m. Richlands at Lebanon, 7:30 p.m. Tazewell at Abingdon, 7:30 p.m. Bye: PikeView, Princeton, Twin Valley Saturday, Nov. 2 Colleges Southern Mississippi at Marshall, Noon Bluefield at Georgetown, 1:30 p.m. Virginia-Wise at Concord, 2 p.m. West Virginia at Texas Christian, TBA Virginia Tech at Boston College, TBA Clemson at Virginia, TBA
Week 11 Thursday, Nov. 7 High Schools Midland Trail at PikeView, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 High Schools Wayne at Bluefield, 7:30 p.m. Princeton at James Monroe, 7:30 p.m. Mount View at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m. River View at Westside, 7:30 p.m. Liberty at Wyoming East, 7:30 p.m. Bland County at Fort Chiswell, 7 p.m. Giles at Glenvar, 7 p.m. Graham at Narrows, 7 p.m.
2013 Top Area College Games 1. Virginia Tech vs. Alabama: Hokies face top-ranked Tide. 2. Oregon at Virginia: The Quack Attack ranked in top 5. . 3. Texas at West Virginia: Texas has lost both meetings with WVU. 4. East Carolina at Marshall: Could decide C-USA East Division title in Pirates final year in league. 5. Virginia Tech at Miami: Could decide ACC Coastal Division crown. 6. West Virginia State at Concord: First Mountain East game for Lions. 7. Bluefield at Point: Rams play first under coach Ordell Walker 8. Oklahoma State at West
Week 13 Nov. 22-23 High Schools West Virginia Playoffs, Round two Virginia Playoffs, Round two Saturday, Nov. 23 Colleges Marshall at Florida International, TBA Virginia at Miami, TBA Open: West Virginia, Virginia Tech
Week 14 Nov. 29-30 High Schools West Virginia Playoffs, Round three Virginia Playoffs, Round three Colleges East Carolina at Marshall, Noon Saturday, Nov. 30 Colleges Iowa State at West Virginia, TBA (could be Nov. 29) Virginia Tech at Virginia, TBA
Week 15 Dec. 6-7 High Schools West Virginia State Championship Games Virginia Playoffs, Round four Saturday, Dec. 7 ACC Championship Game, at Charlotte, N.C. Conference USA Championship Game, TBD
Week 16 Saturday, Dec. 14 High Schools Virginia State Championship Games
Virginia: Dana Holgorsen helped build Cowboys’ offense. 9. Virginia Tech at Virginia: Hokies look for 10th straight win in series 10. West Virginia at Oklahoma: Early Week 2 test for Mountaineers. 11. Marshall at Virginia Tech: Herds plays role of giant killer. 12. Virginia-Wise at Concord: Rivalry in the making? 13. Virginia at Maryland: Could be final game between long-time rivals. 14. North Carolina at Virginia Tech: ‘Heels nailed Hokies in 2012. 15. Brigham Young at Virginia: Cougars now focus on defense. 16. Kentucky Christian at Bluefield: Home opener for Rams. 17. Clemson at Virginia: Top 10, possibly Top 5 team. 18. Shepherd at Concord: Lions
upset Rams in last visit to Athens. 19. West Virginia at Texas Christian: TCU sexy pick in Big 12. 20. Marshall at Ohio: Top rival for Thundering Herd football team. Other games to watch: West Virginia—at Baylor, at Kansas State Virginia Tech—at Georgia Tech, vs. Pittsburgh Marshall—at Tulsa, at Middle Tennessee Virginia—at North Carolina, at Miami Concord—at Notre Dame...in Ohio, at Charleston Bluefield—at Pikeville, at Southern Virginia. *Top games compiled by Brian Woodson
USA Today Top 25 Poll The USA Today Top 25 football coaches preseason poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2012 records, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and ranking in final 2012 poll: Record Pts Pvs 1. Alabama (58) 13-1 1,545 1 2. Ohio State (3) 12-0 1,427 NR 3. Oregon 12-1 1,397 2 4. Stanford 12-2 1,262 6 5. Georgia 12-2 1,250 4 6. Texas A&M (1) 11-2 1,215 5 7. South Carolina 11-2 1,136 7 8. Clemson 11-2 1,047 9 9. Louisville 11-2 1,010 13 10. Florida 11-2 930 10 11. Notre Dame 12-1 872 3 12. Florida State 12-2 844 8
Friday • August 23, 2013 37 13. LSU 10-3 797 12 14. Oklahoma State 8-5 726 NR 15. Texas 9-4 622 18 16. Oklahoma 10-3 620 15 17. Michigan 8-5 589 NR 18. Nebraska 10-4 426 23 19. Boise State 11-2 420 14 20. TCU 7-6 400 NR 21. UCLA 9-5 202 NR 22. Northwestern 10-3 186 16 23. Wisconsin 8-6 172 NR 24. Southern Cal 7-6 165 NR 25. Oregon State 9-4 135 19 Others receiving votes: Kansas State 113; Miami (Fla.) 101; Michigan State 89; Baylor 80; Virginia Tech 65; Fresno State 62; Arizona State 51; Mississippi 32; Vanderbilt 29; Utah State 23; Brigham Young 20; North Carolina 19; Northern Illinois 19; Tulsa 9; Ohio 8; San Jose State 8; Arizona 5; Cincinnati 3; East Carolina 3; Kent State 3; Mississippi State 3; Washington 3; Central Florida 2; Arkansas 1; Arkansas State 1; Rutgers 1; Tennessee 1; Toledo 1.
Mavericks... Continued from 18 thinking going, sometimes hopefully it’ll snowball. “We may not necessarily see it this year, but if we can start getting it instilled in them this year, then hopefully down the road it’ll turn back around.”
Grundy... Continued from 19 Wolford and Hurley will join him. Predictions are never easy, but this Grundy team is tougher than most to predict. The Golden Wave lost several key players, including
Montcalm... Continued from 17 Belcher (5’9 235 Jr.) at center. Justin Carper (6’0 282 So.) will be one of the guards and Kent Taylor (5’1 270 Sr.) and Austin Lavake (6’ 200 Sr.) will be the tackles. Moving to the defensive side of
The AP 25
By The Associated Press The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press preseason college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2012 records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and final ranking: RecordPtsPv 1. Alabama (58) 13-11,498 1 2. Ohio St. (1) 12-01,365 3 3. Oregon 12-11,335 2 4. Stanford 12-21,294 7 5. Georgia (1) 12-21,249 t5 6. South Carolina11-21,154 8 7. Texas A&M 11-21,104 t5 8. Clemson 11-21,083 11 9. Louisville 11-21,042 13
10. Florida 11-2 894 9 11. Florida St. 12-2 845 10 12. LSU 10-3 802 14 13. Oklahoma St. 8-5 755 NR 14. Notre Dame 12-1 748 4 15. Texas 9-4 677 19 16. Oklahoma 10-3 579 15 17. Michigan 8-5 531 24 18. Nebraska 10-4 382 25 19. Boise St. 11-2 328 18 20. TCU 7-6 323 NR 21. UCLA 9-5 286 NR 22. Northwestern 10-3 199 NR 23. Wisconsin 8-6 185 NR 24. Southern Cal 7-6 134 NR 25. Oregon St. 9-4 129 20 Others receiving votes: Michigan St. 95, Baylor 92, Virginia Tech 86, Miami 85, Arizona St. 53, Kansas St. 43, Fresno St. 36, Vanderbilt 19, Washington 17, N. Illinois 16, Mississippi 11, Utah St. 8, Georgia Tech 6, Arizona 3, Cincinnati 3, North Carolina 3, Penn St. 2, BYU 1.
The coaches are emphasizing intensity, starting with practice. “You play the way you practice,” Mustain said. The Mavericks have added Princeton, Westside and Mount View to their slate of games that already included Bluefield, Greenbrier East, Chapmanville and Summers County. “It’s definitely a very challeng-
ing schedule,” Mustain said. “Personally, I wouldn’t have it any other way, but it’ll be hard to get through that. I’m not saying it’s impossible.” “It’s going to be a tough season, a really challenging season for these kids. I think the opportunity is there, it’s just going to take a lot of hard work.”
1,000-yard rusher Nick Travis and all-state punter and kicker Wayne Mutter from a 4-7 playoff team. Ward just wants his teams to compete, whether they’re rebuilding or contending. “You never want to come out and say you're going to win a certain number of games,” he explained. “We expect to have a
competitive season however. “We expect to compete all season long. Each game, we expect to play to the best level we are capable of playing.” The competition to replace Mutter is still going on for Grundy, which opens the season August 30 at Twin Valley.
the ball, look for Carper and Taylor to lead the charge up front while Grose, Lanter, Williams, Colton Egnor (5’8 145 So.) and Dakota Conley (6’ 150 Jr.) will hold down linebacker positions. Absher and Travis Duncan (5’9 165 Sr.) will be on the corners with John Casto (6’ 160 Sr.) the safety.
Travis Poynter (5’8 170 Jr.) will handle the kicking and punting duties. Redmond is assisted by Brian Krabbe, Adam Havens and a special coach, his father, Jim Redmond, Sr., former head basketball coach at Mount View. Asked the key to this season,
Mount View... Continued from 12 to be the backers, with Paco Bonds in the middle. Up front there will be a rotation with Burkes, Bailey and Marrs at tackles, with Terry Horn (5’9 195 Sr.) returning at nose guard. Chase Burks (5’9 130 Jr.) will hold down one corner with a pair of freshmen, Treyvon Richardson (5’8 140 Fr.) and Joe Hayes (5’11 165 Fr.) competing for the other corner spot. Perry will be the starting safety. Fayetteville, Grundy and Van, all Single-A schools, are gone from
last year’s schedule, replaced by Double-A opponents Summers County, James Monroe and Mingo Central. “We’re looking forward to the schedule changes,” McCoy said. “I like to throw new people in there every couple of years. “The kids like to play new people and I like to play new people and you always want to keep that schedule as competitive as possible.” The Golden Knights open the season Aug. 30, hosting McDowell County rival River View in the “Battle of the Views”. Mount View is 0-3 against River View.
there as well. T.J. Hicks is the only returning starter at end. “Beyond that we’re just experimenting and looking,” Hart said after one week of preseason practice. The receiving corps could include Travis Reed, Austin Emerson and Sawyer Lambert. Hart said about his offensive plans, “So much hinges on how your offensive line plays, but I’m hoping we’ll be able to spread things out a little bit more, open it up, pass some.” He termed the defense “certainly a work in progress. ... Those guys took their lumps last year.” All starting spots are open on
the five-man defensive line. The offensive linemen, joined by Sawyer Lambert, will likely fill that role. The rest of the unit has more experience. Parker and Wright both started at linebacker, and Walker returns at end. The other end will likely come from competition among Reed, Hicks, Emerson and Zane Cunningham. Christian, Faulkner, Miller and Rose — return to the defensive backfield. Hart said, “They’re a year older. Those four are all juniors now, they all started as sophomores. Hopefully, they’ve gotten a little bit quicker. More than anything, they need to be smart.” Most importantly, he said of his players, “They love the game. ... I think that’s going to pay off for them.”
Redmond said, “Play hard and keep focused, not to worry about wins and losses, just do the best we can from day-to-day and that’s what we do. Some people may mention playoffs, but we’re just trying to improve from day-to-day and that’s not only football but in school and everything that we do”
Montcalm has a full slate of 10 games this season. Last year the Generals had only nine because Ervinton, Va., closed its doors and an opponent could not be found at the late date. New to the schedule are Narrows, Auburn, Northwood, all Virginia schools and Tri-Cities Christian from Tennessee.
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