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Jus’ Bekoz....................................................................................................... 5 West Virginia Prep Schedules...................................................................... 6-7 Eastern Panhandle’s Historic Season ............................................................. 9 Berkeley Springs...................................................................................... 10-12 Hampshire................................................................................................ 14-18 New Twitter Rules ......................................................................................... 19 Hedgesville .............................................................................................. 20-24 Jefferson.................................................................................................. 26-31 Girl Lends Hand ............................................................................................ 31 Martinsburg ............................................................................................. 32-36 Musselman............................................................................................... 40-44 Spring Mills.............................................................................................. 46-50 Coaches Corner ....................................................................................... 52-53 Washington .............................................................................................. 56-58 East Hardy..................................................................................................... 60 Frankfort ....................................................................................................... 61 Keyser ........................................................................................................... 62 Moorefield................................................................................................ 63-64 Petersburg .................................................................................................... 64 Clarke County ............................................................................................... 66 Handley ......................................................................................................... 67 James Wood.................................................................................................. 68 Millbrook ....................................................................................................... 69 Sherando....................................................................................................... 70 Harbaugh in Spotlight ................................................................................... 71 SEC Highlights Openers................................................................................ 73 Boonsboro ..................................................................................................... 75 Brunswick ..................................................................................................... 75 Clear Spring .................................................................................................. 76 Hancock ........................................................................................................ 76 North Hagerstown ......................................................................................... 78 Saint James .................................................................................................. 78 South Hagerstown......................................................................................... 79 Williamsport .................................................................................................. 79 College Schedules ........................................................................... 82-85, 106 West Virginia University ............................................................................... 86 Big 12............................................................................................................ 87 Virginia .......................................................................................................... 88 Virginia Tech ................................................................................................. 90 Atlantic Coast Conference ............................................................................91 Shepherd ................................................................................................. 92-93 Shenandoah .................................................................................................. 94 Mountain East Conference ...........................................................................95 Maryland ....................................................................................................... 96 Big Ten .......................................................................................................... 97 Marshal ......................................................................................................... 98 Conference USA............................................................................................ 99 UMass Goes Own Way ................................................................................ 102

Credits Section Editor: Rick Kozlowski Writers: Brad Fauber, Eric Jones, Rick Kozlowski, Jessica Manuel Photographers: Ron Agnir, Jessica Manuel, Brooke Reaves Typists: Rick Kozlowski, Jessica Manuel Cover Photography: Ron Agnir Cover Design: Kim McDonald On the Cover: (Clockwise from top left) Isaac Myers of Jefferson, Mason Sipes of Berkeley Springs, Josh Goode of Martinsburg, Gavin Maccubbin of Washington, Gavin Smoot of Hedgesville, Richie Stanley of Hampshire, Fabian Perrett of Musselman and Demetrius Jalepes of Spring Mills.


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The Mountain State Athletic Conference has sent roughly half of its members to the Class AAA state football playoffs over the years. Given its large membership of 16 teams, the largest conference in the state and comprised of some of the largest school, it only made sense that it could accumulate that many berths given the 40 teams previously making up Triple-A The MSAC should stay at 50 percent given the new, four-year alignment put in place starting this month by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission. There are just 29 schools in Class AAA under this reclassification. More than half of the Triple-A field resides in the MSAC, making the math fairly simple. By numbers alone, the MSAC should be sending a generous number of teams to the football playoffs. (Digressing for a moment, why do athletic leagues insist on adding “athletic” to its name? You think we don’t know what it is? It is the Big 12, not the “Big 12 Collegiate Athletic Conference,” for instance.) So how about the Eastern Panhandle Athletic Conference? The EPAC delivered four of its six members into the football postseason a year ago. That’s 67 percent of its membership. That’s pretty hot. Never had four Eastern Panhandle Class AAA teams go to the playoffs in the same year prior to 2015. Martinsburg, Jefferson, Spring Mills and Musselman all moved on last season. There’s no reason it should not stay at four teams in the future, should the field remain at 16 teams. What it means is that more than half of the total number

of schools will make the playoffs in Class AAA. Not in Double-A or SingleA, however. As the size of Class AAA was cut, the number of schools in the other two divisions expanded. It will tougher for AA and A teams to make the playoff field. Berkeley Springs coach Matt Puffenberger, for one, likes it that way. He thinks the alignment presents more of a challenge and is OK with it. That’s even though Berkeley Springs’ playoff history can be counted on a few fingers. Some teams play more games in a single postseason than the Indians have played in school history. Berkeley Springs, isolated to an extent in an area filled with Triple-A schools, has altered its schedule a bit to include a couple of in-state,

intriguing developments that bear watching as the season plays out. Maybe it’ll lead to examiBy Rick nation of future setups in Kozlowski Class AAA. “Maybe where there’s a situation of more than half the teams make the playoffs, it Class AA schools and exclud- starts to question the value or ing some Maryland schools of importance of making the a similar size. playoffs,” Spring Mills coach The expansion of the two Derek Munson said. lower divisions raises an Notably, it is only in footinteresting question of where ball where regular-season the cutoff point record-wise play determines who plays in for 16 teams will be. the postseason. Everyone Although there’s other qualifies in other sports, and math involved, a 6-4 record the only part of the regular generally represented a fair season might have comes in target number at the bottom terms of seeding — some of a class to get into the 16based on actual results and team field. others, like basketball, estabMight that target record lished by perceptions of votnow be 7-3 for Class A and ing coaches. AA teams? The records of the lowest In Class AAA, could it be football qualifiers in 2015 4-6 in some cases? will determine whether or not That is one of the more the 16-team status quo stays

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or is changed in Class AAA to some other format. For argument’s sake, there was a time when eight, not 16, teams advanced to the postseason in each of three classes. An alternative playoff version in Class AAA could include 12 teams. The top four teams would receive a bye while the other eight face in the first round of the postseason. People are thinking about that. “We talked among ourselves that that might be option,” Munson said. Again, reaction will come based on records of the lowest-qualifying teams. However, Musselman coach Brian Thomas doesn’t mind that more than half the Triple-A teams advance to the postseason. See KOZ, Page 9

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Fayetteville at Oak Hill George Washington at Ripley Greenbrier East at Bluefield Hannan at River View Hundred at Paden City Huntington at Capital Hurley, Va. at Montcalm Independence at Westside James Wood, Va. at Hedgesville Jefferson at Sherando, Va. Lewis County at Grafton Liberty Harrison at Robert C. Byrd Linsly at Beallsville, Ohio Martinsburg at Morgantown Mingo Central at Nitro Mount View at Point Pleasant Mountain Ridge, Md. at Hampshire Northern Garrett, Md. at Frankfort Parkersburg at Marietta, Ohio Parkersburg South at John Marshall Pendleton County at Meadow Bridge Philip Barbour at Tucker County Pocahontas County at Richwood Preston at North Marion Riverside at St. Albans Roane County at Braxton County Scott at Poca Sherman at Wirt County South Harrison at Moorefield Spring Mills at Oakland Southern, Md. Spring Valley at South Charleston Summers County at Greenbrier West Tolsia at Tug Valley Tygarts Valley at East Hardy Tyler Consolidated at Calhoun County University at Fairmont Senior Van at Midland Trail Wahama at Stewart Federal Hocking, Ohio Wayne at Winfield Webster County at Notre Dame Wheeling Central at Magnolia Wheeling Park at Brooke Williamstown at Ravenswood Woodrow Wilson at Cabell Midland Wyoming East at James Monroe Sept. 24 Oak Glen at Vincent Warren, Ohio PikeView at Shady Spring Weir at Petersburg Sept. 30 Bath County, Va. at Pocahontas County Belmont Union Local, Ohio at Weir Bluefield at Richlands, Va. Braxton County at Liberty Harrison Cabell Midland at Belfry, Ky. Cameron at Paden City Chapmanville at Nitro Doddridge County at Wirt County East Fairmont at Bridgeport Elkins at Fairmont Senior Frankfort at Mountain Ridge, Md. George Washington at Woodrow Wilson Gilmer County at Midland Trail Greenbrier East at University Greenbrier West at Covington, Va. Hampshire at Keyser Hedgesville at Preston


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Martinsburg at Liberty Christian, Va. Meadow Bridge at Webster County Midland Trail at Liberty Raleigh Moorefield at Northern Garrett, Md. Morgantown at Wheeling Park Notre Dame at Oakland Southern, Md. Oak Hill at Princeton Paden City at Clay-Battelle Parkersburg at Woodrow Wilson Petersburg at Berkeley Springs Phelps, Ky. at Hannan Philip Barbour at Elkins Poca at Mingo Central Reedsville Eastern, Ohio at Wahama Ripley at South Charleston Ritchie County at Tyler Consolidated River View at Montcalm Riverside at Spring Valley Shady Spring at Lincoln County Sissonville at Herbert Hoover Summers County at Independence Tolsia at Mount View Tug Valley at Valley Fayette University at Hampshire Van at Sherman Wayne at Scott Weir at Fairmont Senior Westside at James Monroe Wheeling Central at Shadyside, Ohio Williamstown at Buffalo Winfield at Nitro Wirt County at Ravenswood Wyoming East at PikeView Oct. 8 B. Donahue at Steubenville Cath. Cent., Ohio Hudson WRA, Ohio at Linsly Madonna at Parkersburg Catholic Sheldon Clark, Ky. at Hundred Oct. 14 Berkeley Springs at Clear Spring, Md. Bishop Donahue at Bridgeport, Ohio Bluefield at Man Buckhannon-Upshur at University Cabell Midland at Parkersburg Cadiz Harrison Cent., Ohio at Oak Glen Calhoun County at Gilmer County Cameron at Clay-Battelle Capital at Woodrow Wilson Chapmanville at Mingo Central East Fairmont at Preston East Hardy at Moorefield Elkins at Oak Hill Fairmont Senior at Jefferson Grafton at Braxton County Hampshire at Musselman Hannan at Paden City Hedgesville at Martinsburg Herbert Hoover at Wayne Hundred at Hancock, Md. Hurricane at Huntington James Monroe at Princeton John Marshall at Brooke Keyser at Robert C. Byrd Lewis County at Liberty Harrison Liberty Raleigh at Independence Lincoln County at Clay County Logan at Greenbrier East Midland Trail at Fayetteville

Morgantown at Riverside Mount View at Tug Valley North Marion at Bridgeport Oakland Southern, Md. at Pendleton County Petersburg at Frankfort Ravenswood at Doddridge County Richwood at Greenbrier West Ritchie County at Webster County River View at PikeView Roane County at Lincoln Scott at Tolsia Sherman at Phelps, Ky. Sissonville at Nitro South Charleston at St. Albans Spring Mills at Washington Spring Valley at Ripley St. Marys at Magnolia Summers County at Meadow Bridge Tygarts Valley at Pocahontas County Tyler Consolidated at South Harrison Valley Fayette at Buffalo Valley Wetzel at N. Matamoras Frontier, Ohio Vincent Warren, Ohio at Weir Wahama at Crown City S. Gallia, Ohio Westside at Nicholas County Winfield at Poca Wirt County at Williamstown Wyoming East at Shady Spring Oct. 15 Bellaire St. John, Ohio at Wheeling Central Cle. Hts. Lutheran E., Ohio at Madonna Linsly at Cols. Ready, Ohio Notre Dame at Parkersburg Catholic Oct. 21 Beallsville, Ohio at Wheeling Central Bishop Donahue at Paden City Bridgeport at Keyser Brooke at Buckhannon-Upshur Capital at Spring Valley Clay County at Shady Spring Clay-Battelle at Salineville Southern, Ohio Doddridge County at Valley Wetzel East Fairmont at Philip Barbour East Hardy at Berkeley Springs Fayetteville at Buffalo Hannan at Gilmer County Hedgesville at Hampshire Herbert Hoover at Roane County Hundred at Bowerston Conotton Valley, Ohio Huntington at South Charleston James Monroe at Liberty Raleigh John Marshall at Morgantown Lewis County at Elkins Lincoln at Grafton Martinsburg at Jefferson Mingo Central at Scott Montcalm at Tug Valley Mount View at PikeView Mountain Ridge, Md. at Spring Mills Nicholas County at Midland Trail Nitro at Lincoln County Oak Glen at Rayland Buckeye, Ohio Oak Hill at Bluefield Parkersburg Catholic at Williamstown Parkersburg South at Greenbrier East Petersburg at Moorefield Poca at Wayne Pocahontas County at Summers County

Point Pleasant at Man Preston at University Princeton at Wheeling Park Richwood at Valley Fayette Ritchie County at Liberty Harrison Riverside at George Washington Robert C. Byrd at North Marion Sherman at Greenbrier West Sissonville at Logan St. Albans at Cabell Midland St. Marys at South Harrison Tolsia at Braxton County Tucker County at Pendleton County Tyler Consolidated at Magnolia Van at Cameron Vincent Warren, Ohio at Parkersburg Wahama at Corning Miller, Ohio Washington at Musselman Webster County at Calhoun County Weir at E. Liverpool, Ohio Westside at River View Winfield at Chapmanville Woodrow Wilson at Hurricane Oct. 22 Madonna at Steubenville Cath. Cent., Ohio

Oct. 28 Beallsville, Ohio at Hannan Berkeley Springs at Oakland Southern, Md. Bluefield at James Monroe Boyd Co., Ky. at Tolsia Braxton County at Philip Barbour Bridgeport at Fairmont Senior Bridgeport, Ohio at Cameron Buckhannon-Upshur at Preston Buffalo at Winfield Cabell Midland at Jackson, Ohio Calhoun County at Clay County Capital at South Charleston Clay-Battelle at Notre Dame Clear Spring, Md. at East Hardy George Washington at Hurricane Grafton at Ritchie County Greenbrier East at Princeton Greenbrier West at Fayetteville Hampshire at Washington Herbert Hoover at Mingo Central Independence at Wyoming East Keyser at Frankfort Liberty Raleigh at Shady Spring Lincoln County at Elkins Lisbon Beaver, Ohio at Oak Glen Logan at Oak Hill Meadow Bridge at Mount View Midland Trail at Valley Fayette Montcalm at Hundred Moorefield at Pendleton County Musselman at Martinsburg North Marion at East Fairmont Parkersburg at Riverside Parkersburg Catholic at Gilmer County PikeView at Nicholas County Point Pleasant at Westside Ravenswood at St. Marys Richwood at Summers County River View at Sherman Roane County at Ripley Robert C. Byrd at Lincoln

Scott at Nitro Shadyside, Ohio at Bishop Donahue Sissonville at Poca South Hagerstown, Md. at Jefferson South Harrison at Paden City Spring Mills at James Wood, Va. Toronto, Ohio at Madonna Tucker County at Petersburg Tug Valley at Man University at Morgantown Valley Wetzel at Tyler Consolidated Wayne at Chapmanville Webster County at Tygarts Valley Weir at Brooke Wheeling Park at Parkersburg South Wirt County at Beverly Ft. Frye, Ohio Woodrow Wilson at Huntington Nov. 4 Berkeley Springs at Hancock, Md. Bishop Donahue at Wheeling Central Braxton County at Sissonville Buffalo at Wahama Cameron at Pocahontas County Clay County at Webster County Clay-Battelle at Madonna East Fairmont at Fairmont Senior Elkins at Buckhannon-Upshur Frankfort at Hampshire George Washington at Capital Grafton at Liberty Harrison Greenbrier West at Valley Fayette Hurricane at St. Albans Independence at Roane County James Monroe at River View John Marshall at Wheeling Park Keyser at Mountain Ridge, Md. Lincoln County at Herbert Hoover Logan at Scott Man at Van Meadow Bridge at Gilmer County Mount View at Summers County Musselman at Preston Nicholas County at Richwood Nitro at Wayne North Marion at Lincoln Oak Hill at Westside Paden City at Valley Wetzel Parkersburg Catholic at Doddridge County Parkersburg South at Parkersburg Pendleton County at Tygarts Valley Petersburg at East Hardy Philip Barbour at Lewis County Princeton at Point Pleasant Ripley at Ravenswood South Charleston at Woodrow Wilson South Harrison at Wirt County Spring Mills at Hedgesville Spring Valley at Greenbrier East St. Marys at Tyler Consolidated Tucker County at Notre Dame Washington at Jefferson Williamstown at Tolsia Winfield at Mingo Central Wyoming East at Liberty Raleigh Nov. 5 Magnolia at Moorefield Rappahannock County, Va. at Hundred


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Eastern Panhandle enjoys historic ’15 season ejones@journal-news.net

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The Eastern Panhandle experienced unprecedented success during the 2015 high school footbal season. For the first time, four teams from the area made the postseason. For three of the teams, it was a familiar spot to be in, and for another, it was the first playoff appearance in its brief school history. Martinsburg was the last team standing, reaching the quarterfinals as it made the playoffs for an 18th straight year. The Bulldogs, who finished with a 10-3 record, defeated Greenbrier East before falling to state runner-up Capital in the second round. The remaining three teams — Jefferson, Spring Mills and Musselman — all lost in the first round, bringing an early end to successful seasons. The Cougars and Cardinals each put together records of 7-3 in the regular season, before bowing out in the first round — Jefferson losing to South Charleston at home and Spring Mills falling to Capital on the road. It was the first playoff appearance for the Spring Mills football program in just its third year of existence. Finally, Musselman, which went 6-4 in the regular season, returned to the playoffs after a twoyear

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Martinsburg defenders Daiveyon Monroe (56) and Dylan Dove (5) try to bring down Morgantown quarterback Zayne Hern during a game last season. absence. The Applemen lost to state semifinalist Point Pleasant. The remaining area teams — Berkeley Springs (3-7), Hampshire (37), Hedgesville (1-9) and Washington (1-9) —

struggled through 2015, combining for just eight wins. Two area players were honored by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association as tops at their positions. Jefferson’s Delonte Berry was given the Chuck Howley Award as the states’s top linebacker. Berry’s numbers more

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than justified winning the award as he posted 147 tackles, 27 for loss, along with 13 sacks and eight forced fumbles. The Navy-bound Berry helped propel the Cougars to their second straight playoff appearance after a multi-year absence. Hampshire’s Evan Staley captured the Fulton Walker Award as the state’s top special teams player. The Trojans’ kicker/punter was solid all season, beginning with seven made field goals. He had four field goal of over 40 yards, including a 47-yarder against Keyser in a Hampshire victory, and was perfect on extra points. As punter, Staley, a preferred walkon with West Virginia University, averaged an impressive 42.5 yards per punt. Also, the area had 31 players in Class AAA receive at least all-state honorable menion and four players in Class AA. In AAA, Jefferson’s Christian Johnson and Berry, Martinsburg Josh Goode and Hampshire’s Staley were first-team selections, while Musselman’s Jacob Northcraft and Gerrit Myers and Martinsburg’s Juwan Green were second-team selections. Berkeley Springs’ defensive back Garrett Lord also earened a first-team all-state honors in Class AA.

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Berkeley Springs takes a two-game winning streak into 2016 and is looking to continue to make progress similar to what they’ve experienced under fourth-year coach Matt Puffenberger.

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the Indians’ head coach. Naturally, Berkeley Springs wants its BERKELEY SPRINGS — One win: progress to exceed four victories and not Matt Puffenberger’s first year. follow the path that has been established Two wins: Puffenberger’s second under Puffenberger of wins correlating year. to the season in which the coach has Three wins: Puffenberger’s third year. been in charge. If the pattern holds, four wins should Actually, though, the Indians have a come next for Berkeley Springs as winning streak that not even playoff Puffenberger begins his fourth season as qualifiers —outside of state champions

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One camp he attended had some 370 coaches. “I feel like I did well,” Sipes said.

mined by how his junior season goes. Many big-time colleges offer scholarships in the summer between a player’s junior and senior years, and a player generally commits. It’s a big season on the field for Sipes from a personal standpoint. “It’s very important,” Sipes said. Although Sipes plays on both sides of the interior lines, he prefers defense. “You get to make tackles,” he said. “You don’t get seen as much in the (offensive) line.” He’s nimble enough to play basketball at his size for Berkeley Springs, a trait key to his DI potential. He posted a broad jump of 7 feet, 6 inches

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“It’s always good to end your year end on two high notes,” Puffenberger said. “It’s good to get a win against our school rival with Hancock (Maryland). To win against Southern (Garrett, Maryland, the week before), it was a combination of our sophomores really growing up at the end of the year and the way the schedule fell. “We were close in a handful of games. We led at Clear Spring (Maryland) and led at Petersburg. We led in seven of our 10 games; that’s not just because we scored the first touchdown. “I really feel like we’re headed in the right direction. We feel like we’re going to be competitive.” The Indians play four of their first six games at home, which — should they win in front of their partisan crowd — will offer a dose of confidence for the second half of the season. “We want to set ourselves up as good as we can this year,” Puffenberger said. And that is an eye to the future without dismissing this season in the least. A large nucleus of juniors make up the Indians squad. The Indians don’t have all-everything Brady Tritapoe, however. He led the team in rushing with nearly 1,100 yards, and the intelligence the 4-plus grade-point student possessed eased pressure on the coaches as he roamed the secondary at safety. “We’re almost learning to coach because he was such a coach on the field,” Puffenberger said. “We have to slow down and not give them too much to do to be successful.” Michael Hovermale and Tanner Clark will split the duties at running back. “I’m not so sure we’re not better off back there, because we have a nice mix,” Puffenberger said. “We have a downhill runner, like Brady, but one who is bigger, stronger. And another with some athleticism to get on the

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Berkeley Springs coach Matt Puffenberger, center, is joined by players Matt Cowles, Michael Hovermale, Mason Sipes and Joshua Armentrout. edges.” The Indians could split quaterbacking duties, too. C.J. Ryan, last year’s primary backup, and Tobin Whittington went back and forth through camp working at the position. Josh Hartman is a returnee at outside receiver and Hunter Andrick at slot receiver. Most of the Indians’ offensive experience is on the line, where 6-foot-6, 310-pound Mason Sipes leads the way. He’s joined by center Matt Coles and junior Josh Armentrout as veteran starters. Sipe is the prototypical 2-gap defensive lineman and will be joined by Clark, who bulked up some 30 pounds from his playing weight of 165 pounds a year ago.

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ROMNEY — Richie Stanley has been a key part of the Hampshire football team for quite a few seasons now. In fact, his senior season will mark his third year as a starter for the Trojans. “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it’s already here. Four years, coming to senior football, I can’t believe it’s already here,” Stanley said. “It actually means a lot to me (starting for three years). I’m glad I’ve gotten to work with a lot of good people through my years here, and I just don’t want it to end.” Stanley’s talent at running back plays a large part of Hampshire’s offense, including being one of the top running backs in the area with 734 yards last season. He scored eight touchdowns to be among leaders as well. “I just like getting behind my blockers and going. I know

they’ve always got my back,” Stanley said. That chemistry and bond with his teammates is what Stanley thinks will help the team succeed this year. “The bond of this team is unbelievable. Nothing will ever change that,” he said. “A couple of the guys who have had the biggest impact on me are my friends Samuel (Cookman) and Parker (Grace). They’ve helped me; they’ve pushed me in the offseason. We’ve done tremendous things here.” That feeling of having his teammates behind him might be as important to Stanley this year as he has been for the team. With last year’s quarterback Jordan Grapes graduated, Stanley will see time in the pocket — a new experience for the senior. See STANLEY, Page 18

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team and knows how to run the offense pretty well. “I figure both will get some playing time,” Grace said. When Hott gets his minutes at quarterback, Stanley will likely go back to his role at halfback. Stanley led the team last year with 734 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Stanley spent the offseason getting geared up for running the ball this season and is looking forward to the opportunity to rack up some yards. However, when it’s Stanley’s turn to take control of the offense, the Trojans have a few guys they can look to for help on the ground. Those players start with the return of John Mayfield, who was out last season with an injury. The senior saw plenty of action during his sophomore year and has worked hard to return to the field. Between his knowledge of the game and the work he’s put in,

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Shown with Hampshire coach Darren Grace, center, are Richie Stanley, left, Sam Cookman, Parker Grace and John Mayfield. Mayfield should be a solid candidate to lead the running game.

Juniors Logan Clower and Josh Hoopengarner and sophomore Trent Corbin will also see some chances to run the ball. “We got decent speed there. Just some young guys moving up, up a level from JV,” Grace said. “They got some learning to do.” Nevertheless, Grace is happy with the progress the backs have made already. As for the passing game, Matt Kesner, Parker Grace and Sam Cookman will likely pave the way for Hampshire. All three have put their time in during the offseason and are looking to help the team however they can, pulling down every pass possible. “All of them are catching well,” Grace said. While the offense is busy

learning it’s new roles, the defense should be a bright spot for Hampshire. “Defensive-wise, we got probably six kids or so back,” Grace said. “Defensively, right now, we got work to do. But I’m happy with them so far. I think we can improve on last year. It’s a matter of learning and doing the right thing. Our line is a work in progress.” Stanley, who was also a leader on the team in tackles with 72, will be a middle linebacker, while Mayfield will see time on the outside. Mayfield started as a sophomore, so the year off shouldn’t cause him too many problems. Ricky Moreland, who saw time last year as a freshman, will also see minutes in the secondary.

“Our secondary will be all new since we’re moving Richie,” Grace said. “They’re learning. It’s just a matter of stepping up.” On the line, Cookman and Grace will be put to the test again, looking to lead the way up front. Sophomore John Hicks will also likely see plenty of action on the line along with Cody Nixon, Dylan Shockey and Cole Shaffer. “We’ve got some guys who played a lot. Hopefully, they’ll keep improving,” Grace said. “There’s five capable guys.” Kick-wise, the Trojans took another hit. They lost Evan Staley, who walked on at West Virginia University and could send the ball impressive distances both punting and kicking. Now, they’ll rely on the toes of Chris Fagga and Hicks. “It’s not Evan Staley, but I think we got some guys. They’re still learning,” Grace said. The Trojans open the season with a four-game homestand against Petersburg, Preston, Buckhannon-Upshur and Spring Mills. “Our goal is to improve every day,” Grace said. “We’ll take one game at a time and see how it rolls.”


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Musselman, after all, won the 1995 state championship in Class AA as the No. 16 seed. “Look at last year,” Thomas said, “we got in at 15, and the kids were still ecstatic. “We didn’t play well, but the kids had a blast. We had fun traveling down to Point Pleasant.” They didn’t see the Mothman, but the players did get mohawks. That was a year after Musselman felt like the Applemen got jobbed under suspicious circumstances. When officials didn’t show up to call a game between eventual state champion Capital and eventual No. 16 qualifier Woodrow Wilson, and the schools couldn’t agree on a makeup time either the next day on Saturday or Monday, the contest was declared a non-game. Had Woodrow Wilson lost, which many figured would have happened, it would have been eliminated from the playoff picture, and Musselman would have been in. Of course, that’s where the old coaching cliche of “taking care of your own business” enters play. Still, teams should expect the playing field to be even. As for the playing field itself, very few Class AAA in the state still have grass fields. Apparently, just a handful of the 29 schools. Four of them can be found on the Eastern Panhandle: Hampshire, Hedgesville, Jefferson and Musselman. If any of them reaches the postseason and gets to host a playoff game or two or more, could that provide a homefield advantage? Stay tuned. The playoff chase will provide quite the plot this season, no matter who makes it. It could very well determine how the postseason looks in the future in West Virginia, particularly in Class AAA. Maybe it’ll change how AA and A are chosen, too.

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“To be honest, I just learned this two weeks ago,” Grapes laughed early in the summer. “We’re kinda short on quarterbacks. I might be playing there a couple times this year, but mostly, (I’ll be playing) just running back and middle linebacker this year. It’s tricky, but you gotta do what you gotta do for the team.” Having been a leader on the team for some time now, Stanley thinks that experience helps him feel a little more comfortable in the new position. “It puts all the pressure on me but yet I’m confident enough to make that decision: where I throw the ball, where I run the ball, who I give the ball to,” Stanley said. And of course, his knowledge at running back gives him a little more perspective when he goes under center. “You know who your speed is, who your main guys are, but everybody is really good,” he said. Knowing there’s a lot of younger guys and friends relying on him to step up this

year, Stanley put in plenty of work during the offseason. “We’ve been in the weight room three or four days a week. (At times), we’ve been here every day,” Stanley said. “We’ve had 7-on-7s as well. Additionally, when we weren’t lifting, we attended camps. I attended a camp in Delaware and (went) to West Virginia. “(The camp in Delaware) was like a prospect camp, a showcase for five-star athletes heading to the next level, DII, DII schools. It’s an amazing feeling being able to compete with tremendous guys and showing them what you got.” Stanley’s gotten a few looks from Division II and II schools, but he’s not ready to make a decision just yet. Knowing that he’s on a few radars, though, does have Stanley pushing even harder on the field. “It makes me want to strive farther. It makes me want to work harder and just makes me want to get in the weight room and get faster and stronger,” he said.

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of social media accounts shows that some of his assistants have done so. “I think that’s a poor reason to choose a school, because a coach retweeted something,” Freeze said. “I’m not going to partake in that. Some of my coaches may, and I haven’t instructed them one way or another on it. I could end up doing it, but I’m indifferent today.” But Tennessee’s staff was particularly active on social media as soon as the rule change took effect. Jones and his assistants immediately retweeted hundreds of posts from prospects, including some tweets in which recruits announced they had received offers from Tennessee or had committed there. “It’s kind of a great way to start your morning off,” Jones said. “Or at night, it’s kind of my mental escape a little bit from football.” The move already is paying off for recruits in at least one respect. Mays, a junior offensive lineman, cited the effect of having one of his posts retweeted by Jones. “I think I got 250 followers the first hour,” Mays said.

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hungry to be back on the field and back in the weight room at his full potential. He did what he could during the spring and summer, but Smoot’s back and ready to go now with a whole new energy. “I feel 100. I feel like I’m ready to play,” he said. “I was eager. I wanted to get back on the field because I couldn’t do some things. There were kids out here even as soon as coach Yurish first got here, there was kids coming out and running stuff, in the weight room. It was like the second day you could do stuff, we were lifting and doing all kinds of things. I couldn’t do it at first because I was still recovering. It was just eating me away. I wanted to do it bad.” Surgery didn’t keep Smoot away from camps, though, as he did his best to get as much football in as his recovery let him. “I went to a couple (camps). I went to Marshall, Penn State. I went to an All-American camp in Flint Hill, (Virginia), so it wasn’t contact so it was a little better. It helped, but I wasn’t 100 when I went to

them,” Smoot said. “I got some good experience and some good exposure.” Going to those big-name schools and seeing what other athletes brought to the table has Smoot trying even harder to push himself to be better. “(The experience was) humbling because it’s not just Eastern Panhandle. There’s kids out there all across the country that are good athletes,” he explained. He spent time in the weight room during the offseason when he wasn’t at camps. Doing whatever he could, trying to get stronger without hindering his recovery, Smoot put in some hard work. “Trying to hit the weight room and get stronger. Be stronger than I was last year,” he said. “I’m just trying to get back into playing shape and get healthy.” After all the work he put in to get prepared for this season and come back ready from his surgery, Smoot’s just ready to get on the pads and head under the lights. “We’re ready,” he said with a smile. “I’m very excited. It’s a very exciting time right now.”

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playing freshman ball last season and another who is just going into high school. Yurish likes the looks of sophomores Miles Mason and Anthony Fortune and freshman Michael Turner, who should be the team’s starting center. They’ll join offensive line holdovers Logan Sherwood and Czar Parrish, who is moving from center to guard. Jason Plotner is the team’s veteran quarterback after taking over the position around midseason. He threw for 453 yards. All-everything Gavin Smoot will serve as the single back behind Plotner in Hedgesville’s spread offense. He topped 100 tackles at linebacker on a team that allowed an average of 46.8 points per game, and he will lead that unit again. Offensively, as often the sole running back, Smoot gained 615 yards on a team that scored 8.4 points on

average. “The kid is a mature young man,” Yurish said of Smoot. “He loves the game of football.” He’ll be joined at wide receiver by Marsden Easley, Nathan Tress, Isaiah Redman and Hunter Coe. Redman was injured and could not play in 2015, and Coe will serve as the team’s backup QB. Defensively, many of the offensive players will be manning positions on the other side of the ball. Of course, Smoot is important, but Yurish knows Jonathan Garver and Eric Foltz, an undersized defensive lineman, will be critical to the unit. Left-footed soccer player Conner Hall will handle the Eagles’ kicking duties. Breck Gates, whose older brother is handling the same task at Marshall, will serve as the long snapper. “We’re

going to have a bunch of young kids,” Yurish said. “But I think these guys are ready.” Yurish isn’t announcing any victory totals for his team during his rookie season as a head coach after serving as an assistant coach at various stops on the Eastern Panhandle. “I had some good teachers —Coach Walker, Coach (Denny) Price, Coach (Craig) Hunter, Coach (Mark) Hash,” Yurish said. “I could never repay those guys.” Now it’s his turn to run a team. “There seems to be lots of excitement,” Yurish said. “Hedgesville hasn’t had that in a long time. “When you have people coming up, asking you how you’re going to do and you haven’t even started yet, that’s a good sign.”

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has had since Troy Wilt (in the 1980s). Andrew King was a pretty good quarterback, a three-year starter and 4.0 student.” And Jimmy King and Jeffrey Gaskins are holdovers at wide receiver. They’ll be joined by Corey Anderson, Noah Cunningham and Trent Shelton. The running back is Jeremy Beach, who entered play for Jefferson — where baseball terms are allowable in every sport — in relief a season ago. “The main thing is we want to make sure we take care of the ball,” Hunter said. “We had two games where we lost the ball five times, and that hurt us in those two games.” Notably, they were against powers Sherando, Virginia, and Martinsburg. The offensive line, which played extensively with a pair of freshmen in 2015, returns Frankie Thyson, Jevon Lang and Nick Longerbeam, who is moving from tackle to guard. Tyler Mason will handle snaps at center. “I said in the past, I thought last year’s team might’ve been more talented,” Hunter said, “but this year’s team might be a more-cohesive group, as far as being together and withstanding stuff, because they are together and are a team. These kids have played together longer. They were on the JV together, most played middle school together. They have been in the system longer. “They understand what we are trying to do. These are my first full group of guys who have gone through it. They are able to see the whole picture develop.” Long will lead the defensive line at end and Thyson at tackle. Longerbeam is a veteran inside linebacker, while Bailey Dodson and Brandon Shirley, who is returning to the team after a year off, will join the second unit. Myers also is expected to double as a linebacker. Cornerbacks will include Nick Mazaleski, Gaskins and Quenton Porter . King and Corey Anderson will handle the safety spot. Beach will kick. “Because of the success we’ve had, now they really want it,” Hunter said. “I’m hoping that translates into wins to get us back in the playoffs.” Jefferson opens the season tonight at Millbrook, Virginia.

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Prayer coach suing to get his job back SEATTLE (AP) — An assistant football coach who was fired from a Washington state high school for praying on the field after games sued the school district, saying officials violated his religious rights. The lawsuit filed by the First Liberty Institute, a Texas-based legal organization that focuses on religious freedom cases, wants Joe Kennedy restored to his coaching job with the varsity team at Bremerton High School, and it asks the U.S. District Court in Tacoma to rule that his postgame prayers are allowed. Kennedy had prayed before and after games, sometimes joined by students, since 2008. The Bremerton School District said it did not want to be seen as endorsing religious activity and asked him to stop when the practice came to its attention last year. But he persisted by silently taking a knee and praying. His case drew national attention. Dozens of lawmakers in the Congressional Prayer Caucus sent a letter to the superintendent expressing their support, and members of the Satanic Temple of Seattle caused an uproar when they arrived at a game clad in robes, makeup and ram’s horns after being invited by students and teachers. “Coach Kennedy is not motivated to engage in private religious expression in order to proselytize or attract others to his religious faith,” the lawsuit said. “Instead, he offers a brief prayer of thanksgiving as part of a covenant he made with God before he started coaching at

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HARROLD, Texas (AP) — The tiny northwest Texas school district in Harrold is known for its independent streak — it was the first to allow teachers to carry concealed handguns and also the first to challenge a federal transgender bathroom policy. That independent spirit has carried over to sports as the district prepares to field a coed high school football team. Until a Monday morning earlier this month, the 2016 edition of the Harrold Hornets had just five players out for football — one shy of the minimum required to field a team. The Hornets compete in Class A, six-man football, the smallest football classification in Texas. Head coach Craig Templeton had suffered from a series of transfers and a general disinterest in playing by a few students he had expected to fill roster spots this season. And to make matters worse, of the 30 high school students currently enrolled at Harrold, only eight are boys. The long-time athletic director, principal

and coach has had to contend with low numbers the past two seasons, but only five players meant he would likely have to forfeit the coming campaign. But, just when the Hornets thought they might not even make it out of two-a-days with a squad, in stepped junior Olivia Perez. The 5-foot-4-inch, 115-pound stalwart on the Hornets’ volleyball team saw what was happening to Templeton and her male classmates, so she decided she wanted to help. “Olivia came to me on (a) Friday about potentially playing for us this year to make sure we had six players. I wasn’t so high on the idea at first, and I wanted to make sure everything was OK on her end, so I told her to take the weekend and think about it,” Templeton said. When Monday morning came, Perez was still solid on her decision. Templeton tentatively agreed to ease into the situation, and as of now, she is a member of the Harrold See HARROLD, Page 39


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Martinsburg won a state-record four titles in a row from 2010-13, but the Bulldogs saw their seasons end twice in a row to Capital —in the state semifinals in 2014 and quarterfinals last season. With nine players who started at any one time on offense last season for Martinsburg (10-3) and nine on defense, not all of them the same athletes, oppor-

tunity appears as bright as any of the championship seasons. “We got a good nucleus of kids coming back,” Martinsburg coach David Walker said. “We have some other kids who didn’t start who got a lot of playing time, too. “We got a lot of depth.” See BULLDOGS, Page 34


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The coach who has guided the Bulldogs to 18 straight playoff appearances never has had so many veteran starters return to his lineup. “I think the expectations the kids have for themselves is higher than it’s been,” Walker said. “It’s been evident by the amount of time we put in on the offense. “(The coaches’ goal) is always to get better.” Particularly last season when Martinsburg, with few seniors, began the season 0-2 behind a sophomore quarterback and then reeled off 10 straight wins. “The thing about last year was I was proud of the way the kids progressed,” Walker said. “When we started out, we weren’t that good. We need to be better each week.” It’s pretty much what Walker has said every seven days in his 20 seasons at the Martinsburg helm. Even during the state championship run. “We don’t allow them to talk about the postseason,” Walker said. “We just talk about getting better day to day.”

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team that gets the defense pumped up.â&#x20AC;? Having tasted what it feels like to be a state champion and getting a glimpse of that again last year as Martinsburg reached the second round of playoffs, Goode is hungry to get back on top. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like we have a chance. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working hard. Good first session of practice. I think we have a good, strong chance of going all the way this year,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all work hard together and we all want the same goal. We want to go all the way and we work hard.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lessons from those players who came before him that Goode hopes to pass down this year to the future of the Bulldogs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Always work hard. I tell them always work hard, never give up and be strong, and at the end of the day, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gonna come out on top,â&#x20AC;? he

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Heck and Jackson are returnees inside. Dongoski and Dewayne Grantham will take reps at inside linebacker, too. The Bulldogs suffered the greatest graduation losses in the secondary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the least experienced but most athletic,â&#x20AC;? Walker said. Brown, who started some games, will be at one cornerback and Lucas Hall, who received critical gametime, at the other. Kiante Cook and Michael Boaitey also will work at the corner. Sophomores Grant Harman and Matthew Vanduzer will be at safeties. Martinsburgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longtime kicker graduated, but Fisher Boeckmann will be replaced by his cousin, Lucas Duffy. Three Bulldogs are receiving recruiting attention from Division IAA schools. The Bulldogs begin the year with three home games, starting tonight with Eastern, D.C.

said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really pumped. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to miss it though, really going to miss it.â&#x20AC;? Part of what has him so confident in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team is the same thing that has Goode feeling bittersweet about leaving the program. The younger guys behind him who heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seen work hard and develop as players have become more than just the guys who line up beside him, especially junior Trey Henry, who cheers Goode on every step of the way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my brother,â&#x20AC;? Goode said with a smile as Henry proudly declares the senior will make all-state again this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been playing together for so long. We know each other so well. It just comes all together and we just play like animals. I can look at him and he already knows what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m about to say to him. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing pretty well though. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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doing good. I think heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be great player this year.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that bond on the defensive side of things that Goode truly believes can help lead the Bulldogs back to the title. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our defense should be locked. Nobody should block us,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so great to be out there with them, just as a team, working together and just go out there and do what we do best. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great. Knowing that if somebody get hurt, somebody get tired, we have that depth in our lineup. I think we have a chance, a strong, strong chance, because last year, we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have that many seniors. This year we have a good many and some young guys returning.â&#x20AC;? When itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all said and done, just one thing matters to the senior: the team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go Bulldogs! Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going Journal file photo by Ron Agnir all the way,â&#x20AC;? he said with a Lucas Hall carries the ball for Martinsburg during a game last laugh. season.

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Hornets. Even though Harrold now has the legal number of roster players to begin a six-man game, the fate of the season is still very much in jeopardy. “I would say right now, this is not even a day-by-day situation, it’s more like an hour-by-hour thing going on,” Templeton joked. “My main priority right now is to protect Olivia. She came out to workouts with us on Monday, but she had a volleyball game on Tuesday, so she hasn’t had a lot of reps with us. I don’t know if this will work or not, but her reasoning is so selfless, and the five boys I have are working their tails off, so I think the least I can do is give this a shot.” Besides just trying to help her school field a team, Perez had another idea in mind when she decided to don the pads and cleats. Harrold’s lone senior, Brady Blakely, is a talented player who garnered first team all-district honors as a defensive lineman last season. Perez simply didn’t want her friend to not have the chance to play in his final year at Harrold. Blakely lost his father to cancer last November on the night before Harrold played rival Chillicothe. The Eagles

paid tribute to him by wearing the Hornets’ purple colors and with both teams joining in a prayer led by Templeton and Chillicothe’s coach Clint Miller. Perez knew how important Blakely’s senior year meant to not only him as a player, but as a way to honor his father for one last season. “When they told me they didn’t have enough for a team, I stuck my head out and told Coach Templeton that I wanted to play. I want to play for Brady, because I know his dad would’ve wanted him to be on the field for his senior year. I didn’t want him to have to go out like that in his last year in school. We grew pretty close last year, and I just want to do what I can to help,” Perez said. “I talked it over with my mom, and she was OK with the idea, especially since I was doing it for Brady. She has some concerns, but she thinks I’ll be fine. She knows I’m tough,” she continued. “I’m familiar with the sixman game because I’ve been the team’s manager before, and I like football in general. I’ve also grown up rough housing with my brother and my older cousin. They never treated

me like a girl. I think I can handle some contact and come out all right.” Perez’s reasoning for her decision certainly hasn’t been lost on Templeton or on Blakely. Both truly admire the courage the junior has shown. “That’s really one of the most selfless things I’ve ever heard of, and I’ve been coaching a long time,” Templeton said. “I told our boys, ‘That’s what you call being a true teammate. Making a sacrifice like that for a cause that’s much greater than you.’ I really have a lot of respect for Olivia’s courage. She really wants Brady to have a senior year, and she just flat out told me, ‘Coach.this isn’t right what’s happening. I want to help if I can.’ Like I said, I don’t know if this will work, but with that kind of attitude, we’re going to try.” Blakely’s voice cracked slightly as he talked about what Perez has decided to do, especially as it pertains to the relationship with his father. With several of his male classmates deciding not to play football this year, the talented senior was overwhelmed that his female buddy might help salvage the season.

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“I was counting on a couple of guys to come out this year that didn’t, but that’s just the way it goes sometimes. I’m very grateful to Olivia for at least giving us an opportunity to play football,” Blakely said. “If this works out, I think the team chemistry will be great. Everyone gets along, and that hasn’t been the case in all of my seasons. Even though there are only six of us, there is definitely a family atmosphere.” “Olivia told me, ‘Your dad wouldn’t want this. He wouldn’t want this to happen to you in your senior year,’ he continued. “I really can’t tell you how much that meant to me.to say something like that. She’s really been courageous about this entire process. We all have nothing but gratitude for her, and we’re going to do the best we can to protect her. She’s one of us.” As great as Perez’s intentions are, there is a harsh reality that both Templeton and head volleyball coach Carla Kent must face as the situation progresses. The Hornets have the talent to potentially grab a district title in volleyball, but they are only have six See HARROLD, Page 65


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Musselman came to not making the field after winning six of its 10 regular-season games and finishing 14th in 2015. “This will be my 10th year at Musselman as either an assistant or head coach,” Thomas said. “I’ve been around some teams in some years that you thought would be really good, and then See APPLEMEN Page 42

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to an uncertain status at Musselman. It took some work for BUNKER HILL — Fabian Perrett to return to the field Perrett has been riding a yo-yo. for Musselman last season. Back and forth between Because of transfer rules, southern Berkeley County and he had to appeal to the West the Houston area Perrett has Virginia Secondary School gone. Activities Born in Texas, he moved to the Inwood area around age 5. After attending three years of elementary school at Valley View, he moved back to Texas for two years of school. Then it was back to West Virginia. He returned to Texas as a sophomore, only to come back to the Musselman school district last year. Perrett felt like being back home on his return to West Virginia. “I didn’t really hit it off in Texas,” Perrett said. “I didn’t make a lot of friends; I didn’t want to, because I didn’t want to leave West Virginia. It was a better community, better people, better everything. “When I first started thinking about moving back, it was kind of a calling. I wanted to help the football team I grew up wanting to play on.” Still, as a sophomore, Perrett did play football for his new high school, Manvel —on the first of two junior varsity squads. He left a Manvel program that in 2015 gave state champion Katy, Texas, its closest playoff game in Texas’ 6A Division 2. Perrett left Rosharon, Texas, where he was living,

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they’re not. Then you have a team you don’t think will be good at all, then they are pretty, damn good. “It’s hard to predict.” Still, Thomas feels very good about this squad. Experience is a strong reason for his optimism. “We lost to Spring Mills (in the first game last season) and realized how many young kids we had,” Thomas said. “We had 10 total seniors. Out of those guys, while they all impacted in some way, but only four of them played significant minutes. That’s hard to believe. “We lost a lot of really, good guys, but only lost four who made a lot of plays. “We got a lot of guys coming back.” First of all, those returnees include a pair of significant ones in running back Jacob Journal photo by Ron Agnir Northcraft and quarterback Joining Musselman coach Brian Thomas, center, are Fabian Perrett, left, David Robertson, Jacob Northcraft and Ryan Busey Latrell Warr. Warr, though, is likely to move to fullback on a regular basis while tak“In 1995, Musselman won know,” Thomas said. “You Northcraft rushed for an 1,170. ing situational snaps as a a state championship rotating might see a different little area-high 1,587 yards last “There’s not many teams in quarterback. quarterbacks, so you never twist from us this year.” season and Warr went for the state that return two 1,000-yard rushers from the previous year,” Thomas said. “If you look at Triple-A, there’s probably not many that have. “We want to get the ball in Northcraft’s hands as much as we can, get the ball in Latrell’s hands as much as we can. 372 Middleway Pike, Ste. B Temporary • Temp to Hire • Direct Hire Placements “At the same time, our Inwood, WV receiving corps is pretty Voted Best Employment Agency in 2013! 304-229-7373 1299 Old Courthouse Sq., Martinsburg, WV 25405 good.”

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And with Chris Fox at quarterback — Musselman won one 7-on-7 tournament in the summer and finished second by a point in another — the Applemen think they can pull some surprises against defenses expecting Musselman to be heavily run-oriented. “I think our passing game has made huge strides from what we were last year,” Thomas said. “Last year, we stayed in the box, and it was ground and pound. This year, we have three receivers I feel really, really good about, and I feel good about our quarterback position. “I don’t want to say this is a different Musselman, because we want to run the ball, but there’ll be times when you sit back and say, ‘We didn’t expect that.’” Nate Tate, a former running back who has come back from a torn ACL and broken collarbone, will be joined in the receiving corps by Tyler Robinson, Michael Valentine and Cam Medler.

“I like our team,” Thomas said. “I think we’re really deep.” The Applemen certainly are strong and experienced up front where four starters return. They include Ryan Busey, a third-year starter at left tackle, David Robinson, Tanner Felton and Fabian Perrett. Jake Rife, Shane Shaffer and Aaron Stambaugh also will see considerable action on the front line. “We need to be better on both sides of the ball,” Thomas said. “I think we’re going to have a pretty good defense, as well.” The linemen will switch sides when Musselman goes on defense, mostly those player not on the field. Charlie Berger, last season’s leading tackler, returns to lead the linebacking crew. Cameron Shipley joins Berger inside and is labeled by Thomas as “a key part of our defense.” Northcraft and Sine will operate outside. “I think outside linebacker is

a key part of our defense,” Thomas said. “We have dualresponsibility guys, stopping the pass and stopping the run.” Tommy Baden returns at free safety. Transfer Tavion Fagan will fill a role in the secondary, while Robinson will be a thirdyear starter at corner. Tate and Valentine will work at the other cornerback. “We got several different options back there,” Thomas said. Charlie Rojas will serve as Musselman’s kicker and punter. “He made some big field goals down the stretch for us,” Thomas said. The Applemen host Spring Mills tonight in their opening game. “We’re excited about this year,” Thomas said. “This is probably the closest-knit group of kids we’ve had. “Driving to a seven-on-seven, one kid said, ‘One of the things I like is sitting in the locker room an hour before practice with my friends.’”

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strong bond with the guys and Musselman in general, everything about it.” He had to convince his mother and needed to find a family to host him. “She supports me with all my decisions,” Perrett said. “She came up last year for the Martinsburg game. She flew up and stayed a while. Perrett lives with the Northcraft family in Berkeley County. “It’s going great so far,” Perrett said. “I’ve been tempted to call them Mom or Dad for a while, but I still have my own. I consider them family. Jacob is more like a brother than a teammate or friend.” Perrett is moving from guard to center this season and will be responsible in helping his “brother” accomplish another 1,000-yard season. Jacob Northcraft rushed for 1,587 yards last year in helping Musselman reach the Class AAA postseason. “It’s a minor adjustment,” the 5-foot-8¢, 268pounder said of the position change. “I’m going to get used to it. The movements are fairly easy. I got a good feeling about it.” Just being at Musselman gives Perrett a good feeling. “I’m hoping a lot happens,” Perrett said. “I have a very good feeling. Our goal more than anything is to win every play, which coincides with every other goal —to go undefeated and win a state championship. “I’m hoping we become closer as a team more than anything else, and win a lot of games this year.” Perrett wants to play college football. He wants to use that to stay in West Virginia.


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“I definitely want to establish myself as one of the top athletes in the state, and be one of the top backs in the state. I’m not happy with the all-state preseason thing, because it has me second team, but I’m hoping I can have a really great season and make first-team all-state,” he said. That might serve as some motivation for Jalepes, who feels like he’s steadily improved from year to year. “Definitely, each year, I’ve gotten stronger, quicker, faster, but I think one that has gotten way better is my vision. I’m able to read holes better and make quicker cuts,” he said. It wasn’t just on the offensive side of the ball where Jalepes made his mark for Spring Mills as he had a second-best 64 tackles for the Cardinals. Offense or defense, Jalepes wants to make a difference whatever way he can. “A big hit people remember a lot more than a touchdown run because there’s a lot more of them, but I like playing both and helping my team win,” he said. Jalepes, who has garnered interest from a number of colleges, is going to do his best to make sure Spring Mills reaches the postseason for a second straight after making it there for the first time in the program’s short history last when the Cardinals won seven games. “We have a See JALEPES Page 48

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stadiums in West Virginia sent off 20 seniors from the team last season, leaving Spring Mills is need of replacements for those players. Munson’s realistic. “No question when lose you 20 seniors, that has an impact,” Munson said. “We have a lot of talented guys, guys who saw a lot of playing time. “We’re relying on young guys to fill the void.” The biggest thing, though, is Spring Mills still has senior Demetrius Jalepes returning at running back. He has been in that slot since the end of his freshman season. “He’s put on some weight,” Munson said. “We expect him to be more explosive and more physical than he already was.” Jalepes ran for 1,056 yards, averaging 7 yards per carry, last season. Spring Mills also has the quarterback who ended the season as the starter, winning the Cardinals’ last four regularseason games to qualify Spring Mills for the postseason. Logan McCulley might wind up back at a receiver position, though, after 6foot-3, 195-pound Giuliano Monetti moved into Berkeley County. He served as a backup quarterback last season for a state championship team in Missouri. “We could potentially use two quarterbacks in different packages,” Munson said.

Monetti also came to town with his step-brother Adam O’Donnell, who, at 6-2, 195, will move to H-back for the Cardinals. Another transfer, this one from Alabama, Anthony Harris, will run at flanker, along with Trent Kerns, Hunter Munson and Justin Kemp. “We’ve been fortunate to have a few kids move into the area,” the coach said. The guys up front blocking for Jalepes know what he’s going to do. They’re experienced. On the left side, guard Jackson Zdziera and tackle Colton Blackwell will be three-year starters. Center Mason Caldwell started last season. Tight end Greg Tenney is a veteran, as well. On the right side, though, there are newcomers. Either Gordon Cohagan or Dylan Staley will run at tackle and Hunter Culp at guard. “We’ve been fortunate,” Munson said. “We’ve had to play young guys in the past. “We feel they’re stronger and more physical up front. We feel better about the offensive line, but we don’t have as much depth. We have to keep people healthy. “We feel confident at the skill positions, but the biggest thing is keeping people healthy up front. At kicker, Miguel Perriera is a thirdyear starter who regularly puts kickoffs in the end zone and is accurate enough

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ton of confidence coming in, but we’re not thinking about last year at all. It’s a new year, most of seniors left, so we don’t have a lot of seniors left, so it’s a new stepping stone. We’re just looking to improve from last year, definitely,” Jalepes said. While trying to be successful this year, Jalepes will also try and enjoy his final year with the Cardinals. “The last game’s definitely going to be hard,” he said. “I remember freshman year, coming in as the new guy, working my way up. Now that I’m here, I’m the leader of the team, trying to get the younger guys ready. A lot falls on me trying to get my team ready. There’s a lot of pressure, but it’s going to be a memorable year, and I’m looking forward to it.”


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BY DAVID BRANDT A handful of familiar faces could make this a Heisman race for the ages. Four, count ’em, four of the top six finishers from last year’s Heisman Trophy voting are back for another season. Clemson’s prolific quarterback Deshaun Watson is among them, along with a trio of stars that includes Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and LSU running back Leonard Fournette. The scrutiny and hype for the foursome will be intense from day one. Watson says it comes with the territory of being one of the nation’s top players. “That’s something I already knew before,” Watson said. “I’m a confident player and I expect to be in this position. That’s why I work, that’s why I grind.” Though it’s uncommon for so much Heisman-caliber talent to return for another season, it’s not unprecedented. A recent example is 2011, when Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, Oregon running back LaMichael James, Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore, Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon and Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson returned after finishing two through six in the voting behind Auburn’s Cam Newton in 2010. Interestingly, none of them won. Instead, it was Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III

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Clemson’s team success was one big reason Watson was in the Heisman mix. The quarterback said any of his individual accomplishments will be directly tied to what the Tigers do this fall. “I wouldn’t be in this position without the coaching staff and my players, the offensive line and the skill guys that make me look good,” Watson said. “So I give them all the credit.” McCaffrey is an obvious Heisman front-runner since he was second last season. The 6-foot, 200-pound junior broke the NCAA single-season record with 3,864 allpurpose yards in 2015. Stanford coach David Shaw said to expect more of the same this season with McCaffrey being a threat in the running game, passing

game and on special teams. “I think when you have a great player, the last thing you want to do is pump the brakes,” Shaw said last month. “You want to push the accelerator.” A little more on the early favorites: FOURNETTE: LSU’s bruising runner was probably the favorite to win the Heisman midway through last season before his production slipped in the final month. The 6-1, 230-pound junior still finished with 1,953 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns. The Tigers return a talented team, and likely will play several high-profile games that can showcase his talent to a national audience. It remains to be seen if LSU’s passing game will be good enough to take some of the load off him.

MAYFIELD: The 6-1, 210-pound Mayfield started as a walk-on at Texas Tech before transferring to the Sooners. After sitting out a season because of NCAA transfer rules, he won the starting job last fall and completed more than 68 percent of his passes for 3,700 yards, 36 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. MCCAFFREY: The Stanford star had one of the best overall seasons in college football history in 2015, finishing with 2,019 yards rushing, 1,070 yards on kick returns, 645 yards receiving and 130 yards on punt returns. He even threw two touchdown passes. McCaffrey might be hard-pressed to match those numbers, but another big season is certainly expected. WATSON: The 6-2, 210pound junior was fantastic as the Tigers made it to the national title game. He completed nearly 68 percent of his passes for 4,104 yards, 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while also running for 1,105 yards and 12 touchdowns. Clemson is loaded again and is expected to have a great shot at winning the ACC and making it to the College Football Playoff again. KEEP AN EYE ON: Florida State running back Dalvin Cook finished with 1,691 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns while averaging 7.4 yards per carry last season. ... Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett had to split time under center last season with Cardale Jones, but now the position appears to be his. The 6-2, 222-pounder completed 63.3 percent of his throws last season while throwing for 11 touchdowns and running for 11 more. He was 5th in the Heisman balloting in 2014. ... Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly, the nephew of Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, threw for 4,042 yards last season, including 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions last year.


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coach Glen Simpson said. “With the attention to detail and the effort they’re putting in, we’re already starting to see CHARLES TOWN — Numbers them put schemes together. They’re might be low, but the energy is high for starting to see plays and understand how Washington. the plays work within the scheme. That’s “Everything’s going well. We come in very encouraging. here with a new system, the kids, they’re “Our numbers are small right now. learning everything fresh. They’re learn- We’re at about 38 young men. We got ing everything brand new,” first-year some more on the radar who for various

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reasons aren’t here yet but might be coming soon. I am not at all upset with the talent on this football team. Not at all. Our skill positions, I like them. I like them all. I like the potential that we have on this football field to put points on the board and play some really strong, solid defense.” See PATRIOTS Page 58


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next year, so just trying to help them get through it,” Maccubbin said about team goals. “Try to be as best as we can.” CHARLES TOWN — When you watch He’s been impressed with what he’s Gavin Maccubbin on the field, you won’t see already seen out of the younger players, hophim do too much talking. But you will notice ing they can help the Patriots build a solid one thing about him: the way he handles him- program. self, every down, every drive. “They’re doing really well. We’ve got a lot The Washington senior has proven himself of juniors, so really looking forward to them to be just what the Patriots need as far as a stepping up and helping out as much as they leader. He’s willing to give everything at can,” Maccubbin said. “I’m excited. I think every practice and every Friday night. we’ll have a good year this year.” “I don’t really talk too much, so (I lead) In order to help the team, Maccubbin put in more by example,” Maccubbin said with a work during the offseason in the weight room, laugh. “I’m definitely OK with (being a always trying to improve himself. leader). I’ve always been told I’m a natural “We had a good offseason. A lot of people leader. I really enjoy it.” have been working hard. I’m really excited,” Maccubbin’s team-oriented nature is sure he said. “I really worked on getting in and out to help the Patriots this season. His personali- of my breaks and trying to really just get ty has him focus on the team even when quicker and gain some muscle. That always asked about himself and his goals. helps. “Of course, you want “Just trying to get better to get to the thousandevery day. That’s all you yard mark for a can try to do.” receiver, and it Entering this season, it would be great if you could have zero See MACCUBBIN, Page 65 dropped balls the whole season,” will be Maccubbin the said. “But realistically, I don’t have too many goals, more team goals: try to win as many games as we can.” Maccubbin is focused on helping the Patriots add another few wins to last year’s one-win record. More than that, he just wants the team to work together as a cohesive unit, focusing on the future of the program. “Really building good chemistry and really helping out the junior class and all the classes below, because the junior class will be seniors

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The Patriots spent the early days of camp installing schemes and just getting used to the new plans of a new head coach. Plus, some players spent time getting used to new positions. Matt Grant will take over at quarterback this season. The junior has limited experience at the varsity level, but Simpson is confident in his skills. “This’ll be his first full year starting at quarterback. He got some reps last year, I saw on film,” Simpson said. “Just a fine young man, and I just see him doing great things in our system and with this school.” Grant might see more time this season putting the ball in the air than past Washington quarterbacks have done. The Patriots have several skilled receivers on the roster, and that starts with returner Gavin Maccubbin. The senior racked up 589 receiving yards last season as a leader on the team. He spent the offseason getting even more in tune with his game and expects to be a leader yet again. Behind him, he has Jackson Carpenter, Tyler Reed, Benjamin Nedrow, Dimonyaeh Jennings and Michael Spuria just to name a few of the talented hands on the roster. “They’re working on their quickness. They’re becoming better route runners. They’re becoming better receivers. The drills that we work are there to develop them and you’re seeing the progress. that’s the exciting part,” Simpson said. “That’s why I’m saying so many are doing

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Joining new coach Glen Simpson, center, are Washington players Daniel Carson, Matthew Grant, Gavin Maccubbin and Dylan Barger. well because you see them from Practice 1 doing these drills, even after doing them in June, Practice 1 doing these drills, you look around, thinking, ‘OK, come on fellas.’ But by Wednesday, they’re just snapping off the drills, they’re looking like football players and doing some really good things.” As for running backs, there is some depth there as well, but Simpson sees junior Spencer DeLawder as someone who could really step up for the Patriots. “Spencer DeLawder is showing some good things at

running back. Michael Spuria at wide receiver is showing some good things,” the coach said. “To pick a couple of guys out is not fair because really, I’m seeing these young men grow as football players. There are a lot of kids impressing me right now.” Other possible guys for Grant to hand off to include Noah Davis, Steffon Silver, Jordan King and Isaiah Baker. Defensively, there’s not a lot of depth for Washington, but the guys who have been working on their skills have Simpson excited about what they can do.

“Our numbers aren’t big, but the guys who are out there, that are going to play Friday night, I think that the spectrum of skill that we have, I don’t see an open spot,” Simpson said. “We’re not covering up for anybody. We don’t have a lot of linemen, but I like the linemen we have. We don’t have a lot of linebackers, but, boy, those guys who are in there can play some football. Same with our DBs. Love our DBs. “We don’t have a lot of depth. We’re working on that, but the players I have, I’ve really, really been impressed

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Offensively, East Hardy could have one of the top offenses in Class A. It starts with senior all-state quarterback Sept. 23 Coach: Chad Williams Corey McDonald, who last year threw Record: 12-2 for 2,981 yards and 36 touchdowns Tygarts Valley Offense: Spread while running for 1,160 yards and 12 Sept. 30 Defense: 4-3 touchdowns. Pendelton Co., 6:30 p.m. Offensive returnees: Corey McDonald was a first-team all-state McDonald, QB, Sr.; Luke French, OL, selection and finished thirdin the runOct. 7 Sr.; Brett Tharp, WR, Jr.; Clay ning for the J.R. House Award as the at Tucker County Skovron, WR, Jr.; Phillip Mullin, RB, state’s top quarterback. Jr.; Aden Funkhouser, WR, Soph. “I expect him to be the best quarterOct. 14 Defensive returnees: French, DL, back in the state this year,” Williams at Moorefield Sr.; Ricky Robinson, DE, Sr.; Austin said. “With Corey at quarterback, we Whetzel, LB, Sr.; Skovron, LB, Jr.; could play a game tomorrow, and I Oct. 21 Funkhouser, CB, Jr. could roll out what we’re going to do.” at Berkeley Springs, 7 p.m. On top of that, the Cougars have BAKER — How eager is East back their top runner from last year in Oct. 28 Hardy coach Chad Williams to get the Phillip Mullin (599 yards, eight touchClear Spring, Md. 2016 season started? downs), along with a solid wide He has back a three-year starter at reciever corps led by junior Brett Nov. 4 quarterback, three starting offensive Tharp, who finished third last year in Petersburg linemen and last year’s starting runvoting for the Randy Moss Award Games at 7:30 p.m., unless noted ning back and wide receiver. after 1,199 yards and 14 touchdowns. Add in the fact that several players Clay Skovron, who had 346 yards and are also back on defense, and Williams four touchdowns last year, is also back sees another run to the Class A state at receiver. championship game. That’s pretty Holding the offense together will be exciting. an offensive line that has three starters “I think, personally, we’re probably back for 2016 in Austin Whetzel, Luke going to be a little bettter this year than French and Ricky Robinson. In fact, all we were last year,” Williams said. five starters on the offensive line saw The Cougars’ run last year, which time last season. saw them lose to Magnolia 62-0 in the “Offensively, I expect us to be better state championship game, could be than we were last year. This should be, 85 07 M a pleville Rd duplicated this year with a team that by all accounts, the best offensive line we’ve had in my 10 years here, to go B o o n sbo ro ,M D lost just four starters from its 2015 squad. along with the best quarterback and (301)671 -5 038

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ly enjoyed the last couple of weeks,” Scott said. “The kids have been working Coach: Craig Scott hard, and the assistants have Record: 3-7 really kept the weight proOffense: wing-T gram going.” Defense: 5-3 Scott takes control of a Offensive returnees: team that went 3-7 last year Carter Houdersheldt, QB, and is two years removed Sr.; Nathan Streitbeck, RB, from a runner-up finish in Sr.; A.J. Crist, OL, Sr.; Aom Class AAA in 2014 when Theematananun, OL, Sr. Frankfort went 13-1. He Defensive returnees: believes the Falcons will be Streitback, LB, Sr.; Crist, better on both sides of the LB, Sr.; Theematananun, ball this year and that they DL, Sr.; Wyatt Yates, CB, could reach their goal winSr. ning seven games, which would put them into the SHORT GAP — playoff picture. Frankfort has a new coach “We have a goal of winfor the 2016 season, but it’s ning seven games and makan old friend of the program. ing it to the playoffs. We’re Craig Scott will lead the just going to take it one Falcons this season on an game at a time,” Scott said. interim basis as former “I think we’ll have a strong coach Kevin Whiteman tries improvement from last to settle some off-field year.” issues. Offensively, the Falcoins Scott, who played for the will look to returning quarFalcons back in the 1980s, terback Carter Houdersheldt spent 18 years as an assisto lead an offense that a year tant coach in Short Gap ago scored just 17.3 points a before resigning his post game. With Houdersheldt before the 2015 season. having a year under his belt, Little did he know, he’d Frankfort will be able to back on the sidelines just open up the wing-T offense two seasons later leading his and be a more-balanced footalma mater. ball team. Much of the “It’s been good. I’ve real- offense will also revolve

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Crist are back at linebacker, while Wyatt Yates returns at the cornerback position. In 2015, the Falcons’ defense was bit spotty, giving up 37.8 points a game in its seven losses. “I feel our defense will be stronger this year than last year,” Scott said. “We have more returnees.” Frankfort will have a tough open few weeks of the season, beginning with opening night at home against Moorefield. From there, the Falcons alternate away and home with East Hardy, Robert C. Byrd, Berkeley Springs and Northern Garrett, Maryland, before a pair of away games against Mountain Ridge, Maryland, and Washington.

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Tornado waits for young line to develop front on both sides of the ball, meaning there might be a few rough patches early on as Coach: Sean Biser those players, some of who Record: 10-3 are starting for the first time, Offense: Wing-T find their way. Defense: 4-4 “Our philosophy has Offensive returnees: Cam always been that it starts up White, WR, Sr.; Deavonta front. The kids we lost up Johnson, Sr, HB; Brady Ours, front, it’s just one of those QB, Jr.; Jacob Biser, TE, things where they new kids Soph. have to pick it up,” Biser said. Defensive returnees: “We can only go as fast as Johnson, CB, Sr.; Ours, FS, they go, but I expect us to Sr.; Terrell Bush, LB, Sr.; still be successful. I’m going Christian Ravenscroft, LB, to have to control my temper Jr.; Biser, DE, Soph. with those guys and be patient.” KEYSER — Keyser coach The line, on both sides, is Sean Biser might have to really the only question mark practice a little patience this for the Golden Tornado. year as the Golden Tornado Offensively, Keyser has progress through the season. returning starters at the skill Keyser will be young up positions, beginning with

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Brad Ours at quarterback. Also back are wide receiver Cam White, tight end Jacob Biser and running back Deavonta Johnson, giving the Golden Tornado a strong starting point. “I mean, it’s always good having your quarterback returning and having your top wide receiver back,” Biser said. Biser spent most of the camp figuring out his mainstays on the line, but there will be rotation of players up front, for sure. “It’s mostly new guys who played some last year. It’s just one of those things where we’re rotating guys in and out,” he said. “We’ll have a totally differently look. We won’t be as big up front as last year, but we’ll be quicker and faster.” Defense has always been a trademark of Keyser, and the strength of this year’s defense will be in the secondary, with Johnson at cornerback and Ours at free safety leading the way. “I’m hoping the back end will be a strong part of us. Brady, he sort of commands the defends for us,” Biser said. Terrell Bush spearheads a

linebacker corps that also includes Christian Ravenscroft, who saw some time there last season. Bush is the most experienced of the linebacker group, which will be a key position. “Bush has the most experience, and we’ll be relying on our linebackers a lot in the middle of the defense. I’m hoping they can come through for us,” Biser said. “We’re replacing a really good inside linebacker and a really good outside linebacker, so we have our work cut out for us.” Finally, the Golden Tornado’s defensive front will be a bit inexperienced, but it does have a key lineman back in Jacob Biser. “Up front, we’re not as big, but we might be a little quicker,” Biser said. “We just gotta wait and see who can fill those spots.” Overall, Keyser, which starts tonight against Petersburg, will be taking things one practice and one game at a time. And even with a few uncertainities heading into the season, the goals are the still the same. “You always want to be successful, and our goal, no See TORNADO, Page 105

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scrimmage, and we’ll find that out this year.” The four starting offenCoach: Josh See sive/defensive linemen are Record: 11-2 seniors Zach Eye, Stuart Offense: Wing-T Sherman, Brock Dolly and Defense: 4-3, multiple Justin Kline. All four are Offensive returnees: Zach three-year starters on the line. Eye, Sr., OL; Stuart Sherman, They’re also the only players Sr., OL; Brock Dolly, Sr., who are playing in spots OL; Justin Kline, Sr., OL; they’ve been at the past severDorman Helmick, Sr., OL; al years. Logan Mongold, Sr., TE; “Having the line is huge. Sloan Williams, Sr., QB; You can throw everything in, Grant Keller, Soph., QB and it just carries over from Defensive returnees: Eye, one year to next,” See said. Sr., DL; Sherman, Sr., DL; “We’ve always done the same Dolly, Sr., DL; Kline, Sr., blocking scheme, and that DL; Nathan Jenkins, Sr., LB; makes everything a lot easier Rion Landes, Sr, LB; Jake in the backfield.” Stickley, Sr., S; Williams, Sr., Offensively, the Yellow CB Jackets will have experienced players in spots they haven’t MOOREFIELD — If seen a lot of time at. It begins there’s one spot on the field a at quarterback, where senior football coach wants to have Sloan Williams and sophoexperience, it’s up front. more Grant Keller have batThat’s where Moorefield tled for the spot throughout has the most experience this summer practice. year — the offensive and In the backfield, it’ll be defensive line — and coach running back by committee Josh See is hoping that helps for Moorefield, which has a carry the Yellow Jackets into group of about six players the playoffs again in 2016. that could see time at that “I’m extremely excited position. They include Jake about the line on both sides of Stickley, Matt Mongold, Rion the ball,” See said. “There’s Landes, Nathan Jenkins, the old saying that games are Cayden Kimble and Javon won and lost on the line of Fawley.

“This is the first year I haven’t had go-to guy. Nobody’s jumped out at me yet, but it’s quite a group,” See said. “Anybody we put in the backfield will be successful because of our line.” Heading into the season, Moorefield will be led by a freshman, Kolby Hunt, at wide receiver. According to See, he’s “catching the ball the best right now.” Senior Logan Mongold is back at tight end after missing last season with a broken elbow. So with a few question marks entering the season, See still believes the Yellow Jackets will be productive on offense, just look at little different. “We’re going to break it down, get back to the wing-T

basics,” said See, in his ninth year. “We’re not going to be as snazzy, or razzle-dazzle, but with our line, I feel like we can go into every game with the upperhand.” Many of the same names will be on the defensive side for Moorefield, beginning with Eye, Sherman, Dolly and Kline. The defensive line will be big, with See having Dolly listed at 6-foot-6 and around 265 pounds and Eye at 6-2, 275 as anchors on the line, which will also included “rotation” players Austin Duncan, Tyler Olmsted and Dorman Helmick. “They’re huge. Each of them are over 200 pounds,” See said. “They’re big kids See JACKETS, Page 64

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tinue to trend upward and get into the playoff conversation after several straight years of losing records. Coach: Kevin Board The Vikings are capable of putting Record: 6-4 together a second straight winning season Offense: Pro-I with the return of several keys players Defense: 4-4 this year on both sides of the ball. Offensive returnees: Blanco Hedrick, Offensively, Petersburg must replace RB, Sr.; Cody Southerly, WR, Sr.; C.J. multi-year starting quarterback Ryan Watts, T, Sr.; Branden Wratchford, T, Sr.; VanMeter, and that spot will be filled by Jacob Mauzy, G, Sr.; Jacob Halterman, either sophomore Jacob Hartman or junWR, Jr.; Zack Rohrbaugh, RB, Soph.; ior Taylor Kirby. Joshua Wingard, C, Soph. The Vikings have the luxury of returnDefensive returnees: Southerly, CB, ing several key players on the offensive Sr.; Hedrick, LB/CB, Sr.; Stone Hymes, side, beginning with running backs CB, Sr.; Slade Clark, DE, Sr.; Jordan Blanco Hedrick and Zack Rohrbaugh, Hartman, MLB, Sr.; Watts, DE, Sr.; two of the team’s top rushers in 2015. Wratchford, MLB, Sr.; Mauzy, DT, Sr.; Also back for Petersburg is a pair of Halterman, OLB, Jr.; Wingard, DE, Soph. receivers — Cody Southerly and Jacob Halterman — who put up solid numbers PETERSBURG — Kevin Board last year. Southerly, a senior, was named turned around the Petersburg football pro- to a preseason watch list for the 2016 gram last season, with the Vikings going season after catching 25 passes for 637 from a winless team the year before to a and 10 touchdowns a year ago. 6-4 record a year ago. Blocking for those offensive players is In his second season with Petersburg, an experienced offensive line that the coach would like to see his team con- includes four returning starters — C.J.

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and athletic kids.” Jenkins and Landes return at linebacker, while Williams returns at cornerback. “I’m extremely confident in front seven,” See said. “Our handicap is the backside

of our defense, the secondary.” Moorefield, which reached last year’s state semifinals, will quickly find out where its at as it faces a few tough tests early on in the season.

Watts, Branden Wratchford, Joshua Wingard and Jacob Mauzy, who was named to a preseason statewide watch list. Last season, the Vikings averaged 30.3 points a game. Petersburg returns about as much on the defensive side as it does on the offensive side, and the Vikings will certainly like to improve on defense after giving up an average of 29 points a game last season. Having a full year under Board’s leadership and getting several players back should help that. There are multiple players back at each position, beginning with returning defensive linemen Slade Clark, Watts, Wingard and Mauzy. Linebacker could be the Vikings’ strongest spot with the likes of Jordan Hartman, Wratchford and Halterman back. In the secondary, Hedrick, who could also see time at linebacker, is returning along with cornerbacks Southerly and Stone Hymes. Petersburg opens the season on the road against Keyser.

“We open up with Frankfort. They always play us well, and they’re extremely disciplined. I’ve only ever beaten then twice,” See said. “Week 2, we get Pocahontas County,

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third coach Maccubbin has been under during his time at Washington, the third set of schemes he’s had to learn. Nevertheless, the receiver and linebacker feels confident about what he can do under the tutelage of head coach Glen Simpson. “It’s all coming together really well,” Maccubbin said. And as far as the new plays go: he’s definitely happy. “I really like it. Being a receiver, we’re pass-heavy, so that’s really nice,” he said with a big smile. Having learned from each of the former Washington coaches has certainly helped Maccubbin develop into the player he is today. “As a football player, yeah. It definitely built on your football IQ, your vocabulary and stuff. They definitely run different offenses and defenses, but it’s different words for the same schemes,” he explained. “It’s been reassuring, knowing that we got a really good coach. I like his philosophies and everything he’s bringing to the table with all his assistant coaches. I think it’s going to be good.” There’s one other big difference between this season and others for Maccubbin, besides having a new coach. This will be his first year on the Patriots that he won’t have his brother Chase, who graduated in the spring, by his side. “It’ll definitely be different, but I think we’ll have a good year. Matt Grant’s really stepping up this year, and he’ll be a great quarterback,” Maccubbin said. “Yeah, definitely (it’ll be weird without Chase). We’ve been together since I think the third grade. It’s been a long time.” Maccubbin sees the program getting back to the playoffs, like it did when he was a freshman, but for now, he’s focused on helping the team step by step. “Definitely a goal, but we just gotta get through game by game,” he said. “Really excited to just play with my family out there. Just give it all you can every Friday night.”

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players. If Kent had a few more players, the risk of injury wouldn’t potentially derail Harrold’s volleyball campaign. But in reality, if Perez were to get hurt, it’s likely that the football and volleyball seasons would grind to a halt. “If this works out and we start the season with Olivia, I’ve got to consider the possibility of what could happen with an injury,” Templeton said. “On the one hand, if she stays healthy, we can have a football team, and she can help the volleyball team maybe make a playoff run. She’s one of the two best players on the court. On the other hand, if she gets injured, not only will we not have a football team, but the volleyball team will struggle as well. Coach Kent is only working with seven players right now, but one of them is fighting an injury. It’s a very delicate balance.” “Right now I’m a really, really nervous coach,” Kent said, somewhat jokingly. “I am prepared to fully support Olivia with what she chooses to do. The team supports her. But I would be lying if I didn’t say I am a little bit worried about her getting injured. She is a tough girl, but some of those boys are pretty big out there.” Girls have certainly been seen on football teams before, but normally that comes at the junior high or subvarsity level in high school. And rarely, if ever, has a female athlete been on the field for every snap as a starter. But, such is the case for Perez. Her story would still be interesting even if Harrold had 20 players suited out. But the fact that she will never leave the field if Templeton does decided to move forward with the idea that’s something that he says absolutely calls for precaution. “We don’t have a lot of disillusions about winning the district or anything. We have five guys who are working hard who want to have a season, and we have a female athlete who wants to make sure we have an opportunity to do that,” Templeton said. “I’ve got to do my best to devise a plan to keep her somewhat protected out there. My main concern is on kickoffs and kickoff returns. A lot of the most violent collisions happen on those exchanges. We will probably work her at end and split her out as much as possible to avoid the pile-ups that can happen in the middle. As for the special teams, I’m not sure at at this point how that will work.” When Perez got her first taste of contact, she held her own for the most part. She wasn’t familiar with any of the usual football drills or the terminology, but she certainly didn’t back down because of it. Templeton took several opportunities to teach his players, and in particular Perez, about the importance of tackling with the head up, looking at the target. The good news for the Hornets is that Templeton has canceled any potential scrimmages, and their first opponent, Patton Springs, has already forfeited due to a lack of players. That means Perez should have several weeks to ease into the gridiron routine before taking the field under the Friday night lights. But, even if Harrold never has the opportunity to play a game this year, or if the Hornets run through their now nine-game schedule and stay completely healthy, neither scenario is truly what’s important. Five kids who want nothing more than to simply play the great game of football now have the opportunity because of the sacrifice of a classmate. And that, Templeton said, is an effort worth applauding.


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at Manassas Park, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9

at Millbrook, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16

CLARKE COUNTY

Eagles rely on new players in title chase

players behind him with several returners on the offense. The Eagles will definitely need someone to pick up on the Sept. 23 Coach: Chris Parker schemes quick and adapt to the varsity Record: 13-2 level fast if he is going to replace either at Central Woodstock, Va. Offense: unbalanced single-wing of the talented duo. Sept. 30 Defense: multiple Hunter Rogers will likely lead the Offensive returnees: Mackie Martin, running game for Clarke County. Rogers William Monroe, Va. senior, TE; Hunter Rogers, senior, RB; paced the offense on the ground late in Oct. 7 Brett McDonald, TE, senior the season, including leading the team at Strasburg Defensive returnees: Rogers, LB; against Union in the state semifinals McDonald, LB; Bryan Wallace, junior, with 146 yards and two touchdowns. Oct. 14 DL Rogers was part of an offense trio that George Mason, Va. rushed more than 1,000 yards last seaBERRYVILLE, Va. — Yet again, the son, and he’ll be looking to put up the Oct. 21 state championship was right in the same kind of numbers this year. at Riverside, Va., 7 p.m. sights of Clarke County, and once again, Rogers will also plays a key role for the Eagles fell just short. the defense as a linebacker. Against Oct. 28 Clarke County reached the Virginia Union, he pulled in an interception, at Warren County, 7 p.m. 2A title game last season only to fall proving to have good hands, too, which short 42-6 to Appomattox County. he showed a bit on offense as well. Nov. 4 This year, the Eagles will try again When the Eagle offense is looking to Madison County, Va. with a new crowd. go elsewhere, they have a pair of tight Games at 7:30 p.m., unless noted Last year’s Eagles had a dominant ends who can definitely do the job. offense, outscoring opponents 601-160, Mackie Martin and Brett McDonald and Clarke County hopes it can do that both recorded more than 100 yards again this year. The defense shut out receiving on a team that goes to the air offenses in four games, and the Eagles when needed. Last year, the Eagles scored a season-high 62 points against passed for around 700 yards with Madison County, the first half of backRogers rounding out the majority of the to-back 60-point games. Improving Your Lawn remaining receiving yards. One Cut at a Time If Clarke County can put up those McDonald also will probably see time kinds of numbers again this year, it’ll at linebacker after being named to the stand a chance of returning to the playall-area first team by the Northern offs and possibly getting that coveted Virginia Daily. Martin earned secondLandscaping & Snow title this season. team honors at defensive end, where he Removal They’ll be eyeing a new quarterback will likely be seen as a leader, helping with both Jordon Turner and Greg guide the offense this season. Shippa graduated. Whoever takes over in Josh Wallace will be instrumental on the pocket will have a solid set of skills both sides of the ball as center and nose-

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guard. At 5-foot-11 and 220 pounds, the junior was tough last season, making some impressive blocks. Junior Bryan Wallace will also likely be a key player on both sides of the ball on the line. Wallace was a huge asset on the defense, earning Defensive Player of the Year honors from the Northern Virginia Daily. Though the Eagles lost quite a few key members of last season’s team, there’s still plenty of talent to take the field. Just 17 seniors graduated from a 2015 roster that featured 60 athletes. That experience, not matter how limited, will be integral for the success of the Eagles. Last year’s JV team saw some pretty solid numbers, so if they Eagles can bring a few of those guys up to fill in some gaps, they should be OK. The JV team put up double digits in every game last season, including scoring 92 points combined against Handley and Timber Ridge. The younger guys could be integral to the success of this season’s team. Clarke County opens the season with a pair of games on the road against Manassas Park and Millbrook before the Eagles’ home opener against Handley. Millbrook will show the Eagles just where they stand this season as the Pioneers handed Clarke County one of its two losses last year. The Eagles saw a good test before the season started with a scrimmage against Jefferson. With both teams hoping to have another good season after reaching the playoffs last season, it was worth a good look at where they stand.


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with the inexperience. The receiving corps has some depth, but it’s without Marcus Tactikos. There Coach: John Davis are several senior to take over this year, Record: 0-10 including Ricky Washington, Jose Offense: Multiple-I Chavez, Mardokai Hintsa, Mario Burnett, Defense: 50 Nassor Saidi and Cheick Seidnaly. The Offensive returnees: Cullen Magner, Judges have quite a few underclassmen QB, senior; Jose Chavez, WR/RB, senwho also provide some fresh legs and ior; Ricky Washington, WR, senior; skilled hands. Owen Hopkins, RB, junior; Jonah As many receivers as Handley has on Messinger, RB, senior; Sage Donaldson, the roster, the Judges have historically RB, senior been a running team. There are a few Defensive returnees: Angel Cruz, options for Handley to turn to this year, OLB, senior; Oussama Ould-Belkhair, but like other aspects of the team, it will CB, senior; Christopher Diaz, MLB, sen- be looking at some less-experienced guys ior; Donaldson, OLB; Irvin Torres, T, to step up. senior Chavez doubles as a running back and could be a leader as one of a handful of WINCHESTER — Handley went seniors who are looking to fill the role. through some growing pains last season Jonah Messinger and Sage Donaldson after graduation hit the Judges hard the could also step up as leaders in the year before. A 0-10 season leaves them ground game, but there are several looking for improvement this year, but younger guys who could do the job, the Judges will likely be looking at a lit- including juniors Owen Hopkins and tle more rebuilding this season. Tyree West. Handley will be looking for a new Offensively, Handley has the bodies quarterback again this year. There are a and some athletic guys, but only time will few options to take over under center for tell how the players mesh this season. the Judges, including senior Cullen The big goal for this season will just Magner and juniors Kalus Murphy and be putting more points on the board. Last Samuel Epps. The three have limited year, the Judges manufactured just 89 experience and will have to step up as a points while giving up 402. With more leader quickly. experience under their belt, Handley First-year coach John Davis will likely should be able to put together at least a go into the season with the same idea as few more scoring drives. last year. The Judges could be looking to The big test will the early games use a quick offense, spreading the ball against Warren County and out and using a lot of play-action to help Harrisonburg. Not only will the Judges

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be at home, giving them a slight advantage, but those were two of their closest games last season. Handley lost to Warren County by 10 points last season and followed that up with a 14-point loss to Harrisonburg. After that, the Judges were shut out three times and were held to single scores in two other games. If Handley is going to build any confidence this season, it could come near the end of the season against Millbrook and Sherando. Both had solid seasons last year and managed to earn 50-point wins over the Judges. If they can get things going against those two, it will show Handley how much they’ve progressed. Other tough games this season for the Judges include Fauquier, Clarke County, Loundon Valley, Skyline and James Wood all on the road. Defensively, the Judges look a little more experience, though they did graduate quite a few starters from last year. Hopkins and Donaldson double as linebackers, while Angel Cruz will also likely see some minutes in the backfield. Christopher Diaz has proven to be skilled at middle linebacker and could see serious time on the field this year. As for the defensive line, there’s quite a few talented players on the Handley roster. It’ll be just a matter of finding the right combination to tear through opposing offenses. Several guys come in with the necessary size, including 6-foot-2, 305-pound Ben Boeck, who doubles as either a center or guard.

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2016 SCHEDULE Aug. 27

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Sept. 3

Harrisonburg, Va., 1 p.m.

Sept. 9

at Fauquier, Va.

Sept. 16

at Clarke County

Oct. 1

Jefferson, 1 p.m.

Oct. 7

at Loudoun Valley, Va.

Oct. 15

Sherando, Va.

Oct. 21

at Skyline 7 p.m.

Oct. 29

Millbrook, 1 p.m.

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Sept. 9

Warren County, Va.

Sept. 16

at Strasburg

Sept. 23

Hedgesville

Sept. 30

at Sherando

Oct. 14

Skyline, Va.

Oct. 21

at Millbrook

Oct. 28

Spring Mills

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Coach: Mark McHale Record: 5-5 Offense: One-back Defense: Multiple 4-3 Offensive returnees: Dade Carroll, QB, senior; Isaac Schrantz, FB, senior; Noah Sullivan, TE, senior; Luke Roy, FB, sophomore Defensive returnees: Ryan Rupp, OLB, senior; Jacob Whitacre, OLB, senior; Trey Evans, G, sophomore; Damien Hale, DT, senior WINCHESTER — James Wood is looking to build on last year’s 5-5 record, and the Colonels might just have the parts to do that this year. The Colonels have one key part back that should play a big role: quarterback Dade Carroll. The senior will be in his second season at the helm after taking over last year as a junior. Carroll has the experience under his belt to run the James Wood offense, and with a few skills players alongside him, Carroll should help the Colonels find the end zone more often this season. Carroll saw a little bit of action as a sophomore, learning the offense. Last year, he helped lead the Colonels to a .500 record behind a solid offense. With that experience under his belt, Carroll should be able to take control under center and help James Wood build an even better season this year. Last year, opponents outscored the

Colonels 310-263, and with a little more experience in the skills position, James Wood should be able to put up some big numbers. Ryan Rupp will likely be a leader as a receiver for the Colonels. Rupp has knowledge of the schemes and should be able to excel while also teaching the younger guys everything he knows. The senior also will likely lead the team in the secondary, where he plays defensive back. At 6-foot-6 and 175 pounds, Rupp has the talent to excel on both sides of the ball and help James Wood get where it wants to be this season. Isaac Schrantz will continue to play a integral part of the offense at fullback. At 6-foot and 220 pounds, Schrantz is powerful enough to block for his teammates or plow through opposing defenses on carries. With the Colonels looking to fill in a running back position with Tyler Bishop graduated, they might look to Schrantz to pick up a few more carries. The loss of Bishop is huge for the Colonels. Bishop had been a key player for his entire career, and last season set a single-game rushing record with 311 yards against Warren County. He also tied the school record with five touchdowns in that game. Bishop rushed for more than 150 yards in seven of the eight full games he played last season, averaging 172.9 yards a game, and scored at least one touchdown in each of those seven. Overall, he racked up 1,549 yards and led the area with 120 points, including

20 touchdowns. Not only was Bishop a key for the ground game, but he brought down a few passes last season, too. On 12 catches, he recorded 182 yards and a touchdown, making him the dual threat the Colonels needed last year. He was a workhorse for the offense, finishing his career with 2,815 yards, just shy of the school career record, and someone is going to need to step up and fill those shoes. Defensively, the Colonels lost the dynamic duo of the line with Bishop and Asa Brewer having graduated. The line will likely feature Damien Hale, Trey Evans, Elijah Filbert and Sam Costin, but with James Wood looking to build on last year’s success, it’ll use whoever best fills the role. In the secondary, Rupp will play a key role yet again, using his height and speedy feet to his advantage. Sophomore Luke Roy and senior Jacob Whitacre will also likely see minutes at linebacker. The Colonels will get a test from three Eastern Panhandle teams this season, though one came in the preseason. James Wood visited Musselman the week before the season got underway for a last-minute scrimmage. In Week 4, James Wood heads to Hedgesville, the middle game of thee straight road games. The Colonels host Spring Mills in the second-to-last game. The game against the Cardinals should give James Wood a good, competitive game before closing the regular season with Handley.

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weight room has paid off, leaving him with plenty of strength to battle through defenses. He’ll need that strength this seaCoach: Josh Haymore son as more teams look to key in on the Record: 8-4 running back and stop him as much as Offense: spread possible. Stopping Kier will be oppoDefense: 4-4 nents’ big chance to defeat Millbrook if Offensive returnees: P.K. Kier, RB, they can manage holding off the powerful senior; Dewayne Shank, OL, senior; senior. Conor Hartigan, WR, senior; Zach Zach Rogers will likely be the one Rogers, QB, senior; Ryan Arnold, TE, handing off to Kier. The junior is the oldsenior est QB on the roster, leaving him with the Defensive returnees: Kier, S; most knowledge of the schemes. Hartigan, LB; Tyler Ratliff, MLB, senior; However, a lack of experience at the posiHunter Shaw, CB, junior tion leaves it open for option. There’s a few options on the receiving WINCHESTER — Millbrook had a end of the passing game. breakout season last year, going 8-4 and Conor Hartigan could be the guy who reaching the second round of playoffs. gets the most passes. At 6-foot-2 and With the return of several talented 185, the senior has the size and the skill players, the Pioneers should be looking at to be the leading receiver for the another solid season in 2016. Pioneers. Otherwise, Niko Opont, a 5-10, P.K. Kier is the biggest returning talent 166 sophomore, could see a few minutes for Millbrook. It’s hard to think of a time this year. when Kier hasn’t been a key part of the Other options in the running game are Pioneer offense. He’ll be expected to see Noah Robinson, a 5-9, 185 sophomore, the majority of the carries this season, Jayden Johnson, a 6-0, 185 junior and looking to improve on the impressive Dakota Koenig, a 5-11, 185 senior. The numbers he produced last year. Pioneers will likely be given these guys Last season, the then-junior, who is some looks this season as defenses committed to play at the University of attempt to key on in Kier in his final year. Virginia, ran for 1,352 yards and 19 Defensively, the Pioneers are filling a touchdowns. He also racked up 143 few holes, but Hartigan and Kier double receiving yards on seven catches. Kier as powerful threats at outside linebacker looks to use his fast feet to carry him to and safety, respectively. Both use their even more yards this season. size and speed to tear up opposing At 5-foot-11 and 206 pounds, Kier offenses. uses his slim build and speedy footwork Other guys looking to take on lineto easily elude defenders. His work in the backer responsibilities include Ryan

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Arnold, Tyler Ratliff and Johnson, all of whom play middle linebacker. Koenig is one of a very small group of returning outside linebackers. Cameron Faint, Rogers, Hunter Shaw and Kaiseem Simms represent a few returning cornerbacks, while Dewayne Shank and Demarco Brown could see a lot of action at defensive end, where the Pioneers took a hit from graduation. Size-wise, Millbrook should be fine defensively with several guys who are over 6-foot and 200 pounds. Shank will be one of the biggest guys at 6-2 and 200, while senior guard Nick Campbell is 6-1, 215. The pair represent just a few of the big guys who are looking to stop some tough offenses. The Pioneers open the season against tough Eastern Panhandle opponent, Jefferson. It will give both teams a good idea of where they need work in the first game of the season, and the Cougars should have a better idea of how their defense will hold up after seeing Kier. From there, Millbrook takes on another Panhandle team, heading to Hedgesville for the second game of the season. The rest of the season features some very competitive Virginia opponents, including Kettle Run, Clarke County, Rock Ridge, Skyline and Handley. Last year, the Pioneers reached the second round of playoffs, losing to Jefferson Forest 35-21. Jefferson Forest went on to face Woodgrove in the quarterfinals, after beating Sherando. Both Woodgrove and Sherando highlight Millbrook’s schedule this season.

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Sept. 2

at Hedgesville

Sept. 9

Clarke County

Sept. 16

Kettle Run, Va.

Sept. 23

at Woodgrove, Va.

Sept. 30

at Rock Ridge, Va.

Oct. 7

at Skyline, Va.

Oct. 21

James Wood

Oct. 29

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Sept. 16

at Eastern View, Va.

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Sept. 30

James Wood

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Oct. 21

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Nov. 4

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Experienced Warriors expecting long run receiving corps for Sherando. There are five seniors listed as receivers along with three skilled juniors who can step Coach: Bill Hall up whenever their numbers are called. Record: 9-2 Isaac Prock, Joe Hammer, Forrest Offense: Multiple Pro Limon, Trenten Pangle and Nathan Defense: 4-3 Wagner should see most of the Offensive returnees: Lucas Barbe, Warriors’ passes as seniors, but yet QB, senior; Brandon Parrill, RB, senior; again, Aaron Banks, Michael Perry and Cordell Peterson, RB, senior Chris Moquin could see some passes Defensive returnees: Dylan Rivers, come their way as Sherando looks OLB, senior; Isaac Prock, CB, senior; toward the future. Joseph Doleman, OLB, sophomore The Warriors outscored opponents 346-127 last season, losing just to Fort STEPHENS CITY, Va. — This Hill, Maryland, in the regular season. year’s Sherando team is definitely going Sherando’s going to look for both sides to be one full of seniors. of the ball to step up this season, hoping Lucas Barbe is back under center for to make those numbers even wider. With the Warriors, and Barbe did a solid job as many experienced players as the taking over the offense at quarterback Warriors have, coach Bill Hall should last season as a junior. Coming in at 6see some more production on both sides foot and 190 pounds, the senior has a of the ball. good knowledge of the offense and has Defensively, Jose Guevara will play a enough experience under his belt to real- big role at center and noseguard. At 6-0 ly take Sherando places this season. and 285, he’ll be the wall the Warriors Brandon Parrill and Cordell Peterson need to protect the pocket, and Guevara will likely see plenty of touches in the will likely be getting help from some talground game. Both seniors have the nec- ented fellow seniors. essary skills to make some big plays for Zach Orison and Sam Johnson will be the Warriors. With their experience on solid on the line, while Russell Simmers the field, they should be able to barrel and Dylan Rivers provide some veteran their way through some opposing support at linebacker. Junior Michael defenses. Perry and Doleman provide some young Sophomore Joseph Doleman could backup to the seniors. see a few carries this season too. It’ll Senior Jake Sites will double as a give the Warriors a chance to build the linebacker and kicker for the Warriors. future of the program and give Doleman He’ll provide some extra depth in the an opportunity to get experience that secondary and is ready to help the team he’ll need next season. with his toe however he can. There’s plenty of senior talent in the With almost everyone having knowl-

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edge on both sides of the ball, the Warriors should be able to put together a solid season. They have the experience and knowledge to change the schemes when needed, and they have plenty of depth with some talented young guys who will be eager to get some minutes this season. It won’t be an easy task if the Warriors are looking to go further into playoffs than last year’s one-game run after a bye in the first round. The Warriors got a look at where they are with a pair of scrimmages against Musselman and Loudoun Valley. Against the Applemen, Sherando got a good idea of where its defense stands, especially against the run game as Musselman fields a handful of powerful running backs. Sherando starts the season at home against Louisa County before taking on a pair of Eastern Panhandle teams. Sherando takes on Martinsburg for the second game of the season, and it’ll be a good chance for the Warriors to see just what they have. Martinsburg will test Sherando on both sides of the ball, so the senior-laden team will see just what they’re made of. Sherando also sees Jefferson and Washington this season. Washington is building while Jefferson will be rebuilding this season, and both will test the Warriors. The rest of the Warriors schedule features some tough Virginia opponents, including James Wood, Handley, Skyline and Millbrook. Sherando also takes on a very solid Fort Hill team.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jim Harbaughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ways seem to be working with his target audience. Michiganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coach has starred in a rap video, traveled the country for youth camps, taken his team to Florida for spring break, traded barbs on Twitter and even had sleepovers with recruits. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done all of that â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and much more â&#x20AC;&#x201D; entering his second season with the Wolverines. If generating buzz to attract recruits to help revive a storied program is Harbaughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aim, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hitting the mark. Harbaugh is much more popular than Alabama coach Nick Saban among millennial males, according to a New York-based company that measures the awareness and appeal of personalities. And, at least some data shows Harbaugh is on the verge of having his celebrity transcend the sports world with those same young men between the ages of 18 and 34. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harbaugh is making a significantly stronger impact than Saban among younger males and that seems to be his objective,â&#x20AC;? Henry Schafer, executive vice president of The Q Scores Company, said in a telephone interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And, Harbaugh is on the cusp of being an iconic figure among the general population in the same demographic.â&#x20AC;? Nearly three-fourths of male sports fans between 18 and 34 are aware of Harbaugh. Harbaughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Q score is 25 among that group, meaning one out of four millennial males said he was a favorite of theirs in a survey done earlier this year. Saban is someone 68 percent of millennial males surveyed are familiar with and his Q score is 21 among them. The Q Scores Company conducted its latest survey in February, just after Harbaugh

slept at the houses of recruits and prior to him becoming the first college football coach â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and perhaps the last â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to take his team way off campus for spring drills in Florida. In June, the envelope-pushing coach barnstormed around the country for satellite camps that the NCAA banned after the SEC and ACC pushed for a proposal to do so only to have that decision rescinded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know about â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Q Ratings,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; but I do know that it was priceless to coach and teach 15 to 20,000 youngsters at those camps,â&#x20AC;? Harbaugh told The Associated Press, just before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a recent Chicago Cubs game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously, we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do all those camps just for recruiting because all of those youngsters arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t coming to Michigan. But they were all introduced to and learned more about the great game of football.â&#x20AC;? Michigan was good, not great, in Harbaughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first season leading his alma mater. The Wolverines were 10-

3, opening with a setback to Utah and losing later to Ohio State and Michigan State. They are positioned for a successful start to this season, hosting the first five games, all of which they will likely be favored to win. They appear to have tougher tests in the back half of the schedule, including road games against the Buckeyes and Spartans, rivals who have Harbaugh had their way with the maize and blue in recent years. If Harbaugh and the Wolverines donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win more games this season and lose to both rivals again, his efforts to create buzz will fall flat. And, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll still have five fewer national championships than Saban. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hype is just hype. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean anything,â&#x20AC;? Michigan receiver Jehu Chesson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to beat your rivals, and we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shy away from that.â&#x20AC;?

Between spring drills and training camp, Harbaugh appeared in a rap video with Bailey, whose song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Got It Better Than Us?â&#x20AC;? plays off a catch phrase of Harbaughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father, Jack. The senior Harbaugh asked his kids, including Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, that question when they were growing up and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nobody!â&#x20AC;? was the expected response. Jack Harbaugh, who recently moved into a house â&#x20AC;&#x153;500 feet,â&#x20AC;? from his sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house in Ann Arbor, said there is no disconnect between the perception and reality of Jim Harbaugh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jim is who is he and he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ever worry about the backlash,â&#x20AC;? said Jack Harbaugh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He took his shirt off at a camp, and people are still talking about it a year later. They asked him to be in a rap video and he had some

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Jordan Douglas, running backs Darian Robinson and Daniel Moore and receivers Marcell Jones and Darius Bowie. Defensively, there’s just as many gaps. Senior Deoin Green will likely take over at quarterback. At 5-foot-10 and 135 pounds, Green’s going to need some protection in the pocket unless he can use some fast feet to escape defenses. Jacob Bertrand will likely be a leader in the receiving game. Bertrand was one of several younger athletes who added depth to the roster last year, and his talent on the field will be key for the Rebels. Anthony Hodges, McCoy Dutrow and Lincoln Ikwubuo also provide some skilled hands for South. Michael McCook adds some talent at tight end. The running game belongs to seniors Isaiah Keyser, Quay Jaques, Joshman Simington, Khalil Fowlkes and Dutrow. The Rebels have the depth to do some serious damange no matter how deep they have to go, but the team needs the running backs to step up in leadership roles quickly. Defensively, Antonio Jennings and Zack Rupp provide some size and skill at linebacker, while Duncan Burnett and Iain Holman will be integral on both sides on the line. Burnett comes in at 5-11 and 220, while Holman stands 5-6 and weighs 270. The pair will be key in protecting whoever takes over under center. The Rebels will be on the road four of the first five games, starting at Mergenthaler Vo-Tech and Urbana. After playing South Carroll at home, South heads to Linganore and Westminster. One Eastern Panhandle team will be giving South a run for its money in October. Jefferson hosts South on Oct. 28, and the Cougars will be ready to take on the Rebels.

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over for his second season. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound junior gained some valuable experience last season. With that, he should be able to get the offense tighter and see more production. Ball has a few receivers to turn to if he needs, including Chris Sambula, Ali Rababeh and Dustin Socks. The receiving corps has enough height to help the Wildcats pull down some passes over opponents. The highlight of the receivers, though, might be Marquil Nelson, whose athletic prowess impresses coaches.

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Williamsport has a few options at running back. Caleb Jenkins, Kavon Carter and Dechaun Homan offer some fast feet on the ground. Where the Wildcats look to be in the best position is the line. Williamsport had plenty of depth on last year’s roster, and many of those athletes are returning, including several linemen who have plenty of size to protect Ball. The slew of senior and juniors back to take over on the line are talented and average around 200 pounds.

The Wildcats also have several defensive backs returning to supplement what should be a solid defense. Ryan McLaughlin, who doubles as the backup quarterback, has proven to be very skilled in the secondary and ready to stop whatever offenses throw at him. Williamsport begins the season with a pair of games on the road, facing Francis Scott Key and Century. From there, the Wildcats will stay home for three weeks, playing Liberty, Berkeley Springs and Boonsboro.

the team with more than 100 yards more than any other player. Harris has be an integral player for the Hubs during his time, and the senior will be looking to go out with a bang. Defensively, the Hubs return their three top tacklers last season in Neal, Jacob Sprecher and Aaron Horton. The three each recorded more than 50 tackles last season and will look to lead the defense again. Sprecher also led

the team in sacks last season. The roster still seems young for the Hubs, but there’s plenty of talent to help the team reach its goal. While North will rely on a good many underclassmen, the Hubs are willing to do what they need to put some wins up. North opens the season on the road against South Carroll before coming home to play Tuscarora. In October, the Hubs will have a three-game homestand against Williamsport, Boonsboro and Frederick.

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North returns some key players. Jack Clement is a veteran at receiver, and he’ll have junior Scott Neal, who led the team in receiving yards last season, back to split the duties. The pair did the majority of the receiving work last season and will likely do so again. On the ground, T.J. Harris led

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AIR FORCE Sep. 3 Abilene Christian, 2 p.m. Sep. 10 Georgia St., 2 p.m. Sep. 24 at Utah St., TBA Oct. 1 Navy, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Wyoming, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15 New Mexico, TBA Oct. 22 Hawaii, 2 p.m. Oct. 28 at Fresno St., 10:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Army, Noon Nov. 12 Colorado St., TBA Nov. 19 at San Jose St., 10:30 p.m. Nov. 25 Boise St., 3:30 p.m.

ARIZONA ST. Sep. 3 N. Arizona, 10:45 p.m. Sep. 10 Texas Tech, 10 p.m. Sep. 16 at UTSA, 9:30 p.m. Sep. 24 California, TBA Oct. 1 at Southern Cal, TBA Oct. 8 UCLA, TBA Oct. 15 at Colorado, TBA Oct. 22 Washington St., TBA Oct. 29 at Oregon, TBA Nov. 10 Utah, 9:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at Washington, TBA Nov. 25 at Arizona, 9:30 p.m.

BYU Sep. 3 Arizona, 10:30 p.m. Sep. 10 at Utah, 7:30 p.m. Sep. 17 UCLA, 10:15 p.m. Sep. 24 West Virginia, TBA Sep. 30 Toledo, 10:15 p.m. Oct. 8 at Michigan St., TBA Oct. 14 Mississippi St., 10:15 p.m. Oct. 20 at Boise St., 10:15 p.m. Nov. 5 at Cincinnati, TBA Nov. 12 S. Utah, 3 p.m. Nov. 19 UMass, TBA Nov. 26 Utah St., TBA

BOWLING GREEN Sep. 3 at Ohio St., Noon Sep. 10 North Dakota, 3 p.m. Sep. 17 Middle Tennessee, Noon Sep. 24 at Memphis, TBA Oct. 1 E. Michigan, 3 p.m. Oct. 8 at Ohio, 2 p.m. Oct. 15 at Toledo, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 22 Miami (Ohio), TBA Nov. 1 at N. Illinois, 8 p.m. Nov. 9 at Akron, 8 p.m. Nov. 15 Kent St., TBA Nov. 25 Buffalo, TBA

AKRON Sep. 3 VMI, 6:30 p.m. Sep. 10 at Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 17 at Marshall, Noon Sep. 24 Appalachian St., TBA Oct. 1 at Kent St., 3:30 p.m. Oct. 8 Miami (Ohio), 3 p.m. Oct. 15 W. Michigan, TBA Oct. 22 at Ball St., 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 Toledo, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 Bowling Green, 8 p.m. Nov. 22 at Ohio, 7 p.m.

ARKANSAS Sep. 3 Louisiana Tech, 4 p.m. Sep. 10 at TCU, 7 p.m. Sep. 17 Texas St., 7:30 p.m. Sep. 24 Texas A&M, TBA Oct. 1 Alcorn St., TBA Oct. 8 Alabama, TBA Oct. 15 Mississippi, TBA Oct. 22 at Auburn, TBA Nov. 5 Florida, TBA Nov. 12 LSU, TBA Nov. 19 at Mississippi St., TBA Nov. 26 at Missouri, 2:30 p.m.

BALL ST. Sep. 2 Georgia St., TBA Sep. 10 at Indiana, 4 p.m. Sep. 17 E. Kentucky, 3 p.m. Sep. 24 at FAU, 6 p.m. Oct. 1 N. Illinois, TBA Oct. 8 at Cent. Michigan, 3 p.m. Oct. 15 at Buffalo, TBA Oct. 22 Akron, 3 p.m. Nov. 1 W. Michigan, 8 p.m. Nov. 8 E. Michigan, 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at Toledo, 7 p.m. Nov. 22 at Miami (Ohio), 7 p.m.

BUFFALO Sep. 2 Albany (NY), 7 p.m. Sep. 17 at Nevada, 9 p.m. Sep. 24 Army, TBA Oct. 1 at Boston College, TBA Oct. 8 Kent St., 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15 Ball St., TBA Oct. 22 at N. Illinois, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27 Akron, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Ohio, 6 p.m. Nov. 12 Miami (Ohio), TBA Nov. 19 at W. Michigan, TBA Nov. 25 at Bowling Green, TBA

ALABAMA Sep. 3 Southern Cal, 8 p.m. Sep. 10 W. Kentucky, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 17 at Mississippi, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 24 Kent St., TBA Oct. 1 Kentucky, TBA Oct. 8 at Arkansas, TBA Oct. 15 at Tennessee, TBA Oct. 22 Texas A&M, TBA Nov. 5 at LSU, TBA Nov. 12 Mississippi St., TBA Nov. 19 Chattanooga, TBA Nov. 26 Auburn, TBA

ARKANSAS ST. Sep. 3 Toledo, 9 p.m. Sep. 10 at Auburn, 7:30 p.m. Sep. 17 at Utah St., 9 p.m. Sep. 24 Cent. Arkansas, TBA Oct. 5 Georgia Southern, 8 p.m. Oct. 15 South Alabama, TBA Oct. 29 Louisiana-Monroe, TBA Nov. 3 Georgia St., 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 New Mexico St., TBA Nov. 17 at Troy, 9:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at Louisiana-Lafayette, TBA Dec. 3 at Texas St., 4 p.m.

BAYLOR Sep. 3 Northwestern St., 7:30 p.m. Sep. 10 SMU, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 17 at Rice, 8 p.m. Sep. 24 Oklahoma St., TBA Oct. 1 at Iowa St., TBA Oct. 15 Kansas, TBA Oct. 29 at Texas, TBA Nov. 5 TCU, TBA Nov. 12 at Oklahoma, TBA Nov. 19 Kansas St., TBA Nov. 25 Texas Tech, 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at West Virginia, TBA

CALIFORNIA Aug. 26 Hawaii, 10 p.m. Sep. 10 at San Diego St., 10:30 p.m. Sep. 17 Texas, 10:30 p.m. Sep. 24 at Arizona St., TBA Oct. 1 Utah, TBA Oct. 8 at Oregon St., TBA Oct. 21 Oregon, 10:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Southern Cal, 10:30 p.m. Nov. 5 Washington, TBA Nov. 12 at Washington St., TBA Nov. 19 Stanford, TBA Nov. 26 UCLA, TBA

APPALACHIAN ST. Sep. 1 at Tennessee, 7:30 p.m. Sep. 10 Old Dominion, TBA Sep. 17 Miami, Noon Sep. 24 at Akron, TBA Oct. 1 Georgia St., TBA Oct. 12 at Louisiana-Lafayette, 8 p.m. Oct. 22 Idaho, TBA Oct. 27 at Georgia Southern, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 Texas St., TBA Nov. 12 at Troy, TBA Nov. 19 Louisiana-Monroe, TBA Nov. 26 at New Mexico St., 4 p.m.

ARMY Sep. 2 at Temple, 7 p.m. Sep. 10 Rice, Noon Sep. 17 at UTEP, 7 p.m. Sep. 24 at Buffalo, TBA Oct. 8 at Duke, TBA Oct. 15 Lafayette, Noon Oct. 22 North Texas, Noon Oct. 29 at Wake Forest, TBA Nov. 5 Air Force, Noon Nov. 12 Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 19 Morgan St., Noon Dec. 10 Navy, 3 p.m.

BOISE ST. Sep. 3 at Louisiana-Lafayette, TBA Sep. 10 Washington St., 10:15 p.m. Sep. 24 at Oregon St., TBA Oct. 1 Utah St., TBA Oct. 7 at New Mexico, 9 p.m. Oct. 15 Colorado St., TBA Oct. 20 BYU, 10:15 p.m. Oct. 29 at Wyoming, 7 p.m. Nov. 4 San Jose St., 10:15 p.m. Nov. 12 at Hawaii, 7 p.m. Nov. 18 UNLV, 9 p.m. Nov. 25 at Air Force, 3:30 p.m.

CENT. MICHIGAN Sep. 1 Presbyterian, 7 p.m. Sep. 10 at Oklahoma St., Noon Sep. 17 UNLV, 3 p.m. Sep. 24 at Virginia, TBA Oct. 1 W. Michigan, TBA Oct. 8 Ball St., 3 p.m. Oct. 15 at N. Illinois, TBA Oct. 22 at Toledo, TBA Oct. 29 Kent St., TBA Nov. 4 at Miami (Ohio), 6 p.m. Nov. 15 Ohio, 6 p.m. Nov. 22 at E. Michigan, 7 p.m.

ARIZONA Sep. 3 BYU, 10:30 p.m. Sep. 10 Grambling St., 10:45 p.m. Sep. 17 Hawaii, 10:45 p.m. Sep. 24 Washington, TBA Oct. 1 at UCLA, TBA Oct. 8 at Utah, TBA Oct. 15 Southern Cal, TBA Oct. 29 Stanford, TBA Nov. 5 at Washington St., TBA Nov. 12 Colorado, TBA Nov. 19 at Oregon St., TBA Nov. 25 Arizona St., 9:30 p.m.

AUBURN Sep. 3 Clemson, 9 p.m. Sep. 10 Arkansas St., 7:30 p.m. Sep. 17 Texas A&M, 7 p.m. Sep. 24 LSU, TBA Oct. 1 Louisiana-Monroe, TBA Oct. 8 at Mississippi St., TBA Oct. 22 Arkansas, TBA Oct. 29 at Mississippi, TBA Nov. 5 Vanderbilt, TBA Nov. 12 at Georgia, TBA Nov. 19 Alabama A&M, TBA Nov. 26 at Alabama, TBA

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FAU Sep. 3 S. Illinois, 6 p.m. Sep. 10 at Miami, 6 p.m. Sep. 17 at Kansas St., 2:30 p.m. Sep. 24 Ball St., 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at FIU, 7 p.m. Oct. 8 Charlotte, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Marshall, 7 p.m. Oct. 29 W. Kentucky, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Rice, TBA Nov. 12 UTEP, 6 p.m. Nov. 19 Old Dominion, 6 p.m. Nov. 26 at Middle Tennessee, 5:30 p.m. FIU Sep. 1 Indiana, 7:30 p.m. Sep. 10 Maryland, 7:30 p.m. Sep. 17 at UMass, 7 p.m. Sep. 24 UCF, 7 p.m. Oct. 1 FAU, 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at UTEP, 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at Charlotte, 6 p.m. Oct. 22 Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m. Oct. 29 Middle Tennessee, 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at W. Kentucky, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19 Marshall, 7 p.m. Nov. 26 at Old Dominion, TBA FLORIDA Sep. 3 UMass, 7 p.m. Sep. 10 Kentucky, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 17 North Texas, 7:30 p.m. Sep. 24 at Tennessee, TBA Oct. 1 at Vanderbilt, TBA Oct. 8 LSU, TBA Oct. 15 Missouri, TBA Oct. 29 Georgia, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Arkansas, TBA Nov. 12 South Carolina, TBA Nov. 19 Presbyterian, TBA Nov. 26 at Florida St., TBA FLORIDA ST. Sep. 5 Mississippi, 8 p.m. Sep. 10 Charleston Southern, 12:30 p.m. Sep. 17 at Louisville, Noon Sep. 24 at South Florida, TBA Oct. 1 North Carolina, TBA Oct. 8 at Miami, TBA Oct. 15 Wake Forest, TBA Oct. 29 Clemson, TBA Nov. 5 at NC State, TBA Nov. 11 Boston College, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at Syracuse, TBA Nov. 26 Florida, TBA FRESNO ST. Sep. 3 at Nebraska, 8 p.m. Sep. 10 Sacramento St., 10 p.m. Sep. 17 at Toledo, 3 p.m. Sep. 24 Tulsa, 10:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at UNLV, 10:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Nevada, TBA Oct. 14 San Diego St., 10 p.m. Oct. 22 at Utah St., 10:30 p.m. Oct. 28 Air Force, 10:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Colorado St., 3:30 p.m. Nov. 19 Hawaii, 7 p.m. Nov. 26 San Jose St., 3:30 p.m. GEORGIA Sep. 3 North Carolina, 5:30 p.m. Sep. 10 Nicholls, Noon Sep. 17 at Missouri, 7:30 p.m. Sep. 24 at Mississippi, TBA Oct. 1 Tennessee, TBA Oct. 8 at South Carolina, TBA Oct. 15 Vanderbilt, TBA Oct. 29 Florida, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Kentucky, TBA Nov. 12 Auburn, TBA Nov. 19 Louisiana-Lafayette, TBA Nov. 26 Georgia Tech, TBA GEORGIA SOUTHERN Sep. 3 Savannah St., 6 p.m. Sep. 10 at South Alabama, TBA Sep. 17 Louisiana-Monroe, 6 p.m. Sep. 24 at W. Michigan, TBA Oct. 5 at Arkansas St., 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at Georgia Tech, TBA Oct. 22 at New Mexico St., 8 p.m. Oct. 27 Appalachian St., 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Mississippi, TBA Nov. 12 Louisiana-Lafayette, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at Georgia St., TBA Dec. 3 Troy, 1 p.m.

GEORGIA ST. Sep. 2 Ball St., TBA Sep. 10 at Air Force, 2 p.m. Sep. 17 at Wisconsin, Noon Oct. 1 at Appalachian St., TBA Oct. 8 Texas St., TBA Oct. 15 at Troy, TBA Oct. 22 UT-Martin, TBA Oct. 29 at South Alabama, TBA Nov. 3 Arkansas St., 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 Louisiana-Monroe, TBA Nov. 19 Georgia Southern, TBA Dec. 3 at Ida

GEORGIA TECH Sep. 3 Boston College, 7:30 a.m. Sep. 10 Mercer, 3 p.m. Sep. 17 Vanderbilt, 12:30 p.m. Sep. 22 Clemson, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 Miami, TBA Oct. 8 at Pittsburgh, TBA Oct. 15 Georgia Southern, TBA Oct. 29 Duke, TBA Nov. 5 at North Carolina, TBA Nov. 12 at Virginia Tech, TBA Nov. 19 Virginia, TBA Nov. 26 at Georgia, TBA HAWAII Aug. 26 California, 10 p.m. Sep. 3 at Michigan, Noon Sep. 10 UT-Martin, 11:59 p.m. Sep. 17 at Arizona, 10:45 p.m. Oct. 1 Nevada, 11:59 p.m. Oct. 8 at San Jose St., 4:30 p.m. Oct. 15 UNLV, 11:59 p.m. Oct. 22 at Air Force, 2 p.m. Oct. 29 New Mexico, 11:59 p.m. Nov. 5 at San Diego St., 7 p.m. Nov. 12 Boise St., 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at Fresno St., 7 p.m. Nov. 26 UMass, 11 p.m. HOUSTON Sep. 3 Oklahoma, Noon Sep. 10 Lamar, Noon Sep. 15 at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. Sep. 24 at Texas St., 7 p.m. Sep. 29 UConn, 8 p.m. Oct. 8 at Navy, 3 p.m. Oct. 15 Tulsa, TBA Oct. 22 at SMU, TBA Oct. 29 UCF, TBA Nov. 12 Tulane, TBA Nov. 17 Louisville, 8 p.m. Nov. 25 at Memphis, TBA IDAHO Sep. 1 Montana St., 8 p.m. Sep. 10 at Washington, 5 p.m. Sep. 17 at Washington St., 2 p.m. Sep. 24 at UNLV, 9 p.m. Oct. 1 Troy, TBA Oct. 8 at Louisiana-Monroe, 7p.m. Oct. 15 New Mexico St., TBA Oct. 22 at Appalachian St., TBA Nov. 5 at Louisiana-Lafayette, TBA Nov. 12 at Texas St., 4 p.m. Nov. 26 South Alabama, TBA Dec. 3 Georgia St., TBA

ILLINOIS Sep. 3 Murray St., 3:30 p.m. Sep. 10 North Carolina, 7:30 p.m. Sep. 17 W. Michigan, 4 p.m. Oct. 1 at Nebraska, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 8 Purdue, TBA Oct. 15 at Rutgers, Noon Oct. 22 at Michigan, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 29 Minnesota,, Noon Nov. 5 Michigan St., TBA Nov. 12 at Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 19 Iowa, TBA Nov. 26 at North western, TBA INDIANA Sep. 1 at FIU, 7:30 p.m. Sep. 10 Ball St., 4 p.m. Sep. 24 Wake Forest, TBA Oct. 1 Michigan St., 8 p.m. Oct. 8 at Ohio St., TBA Oct. 15 Nebraska 3:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Northwestern, Noon Oct. 29 Maryland, TBA Nov. 5 at Rutgers, TBA Nov. 12 Penn St., TBA Nov. 19 at Michigan, TBA Nov. 26 Purdue, TBA

KANSAS ST. Sep. 2 at Stanford, 9 p.m. Sep. 17 FAU, 2:30 p.m. Sep. 24 Missouri St., 7:10 p.m. Oct. 1 at West Virginia, TBA Oct. 8 Texas Tech, TBA Oct. 15 Oklahoma, TBA Oct. 22 Texas, TBA Oct. 29 Iowa St., TBA Nov. 5 Oklahoma St., TBA Nov. 19 at Baylor, TBA Nov. 26 Kansas, TBA Dec. 3 at TCU, TBA

IOWA Sep. 3 Miami (Ohio), 3:30 p.m. Sep. 10 Iowa St., 7:30 p.m. Sep. 17 N. Dakota St., Noon Sep. 24 at Rutgers, TBA Oct. 1 Northwestern, Noon Oct. 8 at Minnesota, TBA Oct. 15 at Purdue, Noon Oct. 22 Wisconsin, TBA Nov. 5 at Penn St., 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 Michigan, 8 p.m. Nov. 19 at Illinois, TBA Nov. 25 Nebraska, TBA

KENTUCKY Sep. 3 Southern Miss., 7:30 p.m. Sep. 10 at Florida, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 17 New Mexico St., 4 p.m. Sep. 24 South Carolina, TBA Oct. 1 at Alabama, TBA Oct. 8 Vanderbilt, TBA Oct. 22 Mississippi St., TBA Oct. 29 at Missouri, TBA Nov. 5 Georgia, TBA Nov. 12 at Tennessee, TBA Nov. 19 Austin Peay, TBA Nov. 26 at Louisville, TBA

IOWA ST. Sep. 3 N. Iowa, 8 p.m. Sep. 10 at Iowa, 7:30 p.m. Sep. 17 at TCU, Noon Sep. 24 San Jose St., Noon Oct. 1 Baylor, TBA Oct. 8 Oklahoma St., TBA Oct. 15 at Texas, TBA Oct. 29 Kansas St., TBA Nov. 3 Oklahoma, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Kansas, TBA Nov. 19 Texas Tech, TBA Nov. 26 West Virginia, TBA KANSAS Sep. 3 Rhode Island, 7 p.m. Sep. 10 Ohio, 2:30 p.m. Sep. 17 at Memphis, Noon Sep. 29 at Texas Tech, 8:30 p.m. Oct. 8 TCU, TBA Oct. 15 at Baylor, TBA Oct. 22 Oklahoma St., TBA Oct. 29 Oklahoma, TBA Nov. 5 at West Virginia, TBA Nov. 12 Iowa St., TBA Nov. 19 Texas, TBA Nov. 26 at Kansas St., TBA

LSU Sep. 3 Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 10 Jacksonville St., 7:30 p.m. Sep. 17 Mississippi St., 7 p.m. Sep. 24 at Auburn, TBA Oct. 1 Missouri, TBA Oct. 8 at Florida, TBA Oct. 15 Southern Miss., TBA Oct. 22 Mississippi, TBA Nov. 5 Alabama, TBA Nov. 12 at Arkansas, TBA Nov. 24 at Texas A&M, 7:30 p.m.

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KENT ST. Sep. 3 at Penn St., 3:30 p.m. Sep. 10 NC A&T, 6 p.m. Sep. 17 Monmouth (NJ), 3:30 p.m. Sep. 24 at Alabama, TBA Oct. 1 Akron, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Buffalo, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Miami (Ohio), TBA Oct. 22 Ohio, TBA Oct. 29 at Cent. Michigan, TBA Nov. 8 W. Michigan, 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at Bowling Green, TBA Nov. 25 N. Illinois, TBA

LOUISVILLE Sep. 1 Charlotte, 7 p.m. Sep. 9 at Syracuse, 8 p.m. Sep. 17 Florida St., Noon Sep. 24 at Marshall, 8 p.m. Oct. 1 at Clemson, TBA Oct. 14 Duke, 7 p.m. Oct. 22 NC State, TBA Oct. 29 at Virginia, TBA Nov. 5 at Boston College, TBA Nov. 12 Wake Forest, TBA Nov. 17 at Houston, 8 p.m. Nov. 26 Kentucky, TBA

LOUISIANA TECH Sep. 3 at Arkansas, 4 p.m. Sep. 10 SC State, 7 p.m. Sep. 17 at Texas Tech, 7 p.m. Sep. 24 at Middle Tennessee, 7 p.m. Oct. 1 UTEP, 7 p.m. Oct. 6 W. Kentucky, 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at UMass, TBA Oct. 22 at FIU, 7 p.m. Oct. 29 Rice, 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at North Texas, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 12 UTSA, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 25 at Southern Miss., TBA LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

MARSHALL Sep. 10 Morgan St., 6 p.m. Sep. 17 Akron, Noon Sep. 24 Louisville, 8 p.m. Oct. 1 at Pittsburgh, TBA Oct. 8 at North Texas, 7 p.m. Oct. 15 FAU, 7 p.m. Oct. 22 Charlotte, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Southern Miss., 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at Old Dominion, 7 p.m. Nov. 12 Middle Tennessee, 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at FIU, 7 p.m. Nov. 26 W. Kentucky, TBA MARYLAND Sep. 3 Howard, Noon Sep. 9 at FIU, 7:30 p.m. Sep. 17 at UCF, 7 p.m. Oct. 1 Purdue, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Penn St., Noon Oct. 15 Minnesota, TBA Oct. 22 Michigan St., 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Indiana, TBA Nov. 5 at Michigan, TBA Nov. 12 Ohio St., TBA Nov. 19 at Nebraska, TBA Nov. 26 Rutgers, TBA See COLLEGE, Page 84

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MEMPHIS Sep. 3 SE Missouri, 7 p.m. Sep. 17 Kansas, Noon Sep. 24 Bowling Green, TBA Oct. 1 at Mississippi, TBA Oct. 6 Temple, 8 p.m. Oct. 14 at Tulane, 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at Navy, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 29 Tulsa, TBA Nov. 5 at SMU, TBA Nov. 12 South Florida, TBA Nov. 18 at Cincinnati, 8 p.m. Nov. 25 Houston, TBA MIAMI Sep. 3 Florida A&M, 6 p.m. Sep. 10 FAU, 6 p.m. Sep. 17 at Appalachian St., Noon Oct. 1 at Georgia Tech, TBA Oct. 8 Florida St., TBA Oct. 15 North Carolina, TBA Oct. 20 at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 5 Pittsburgh, TBA Nov. 12 at Virginia, TBA Nov. 19 at NC State, TBA Nov. 26 Duke, TBA MIAMI (OHIO) Sep. 3 at Iowa, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 10 E. Illinois, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 17 W. Kentucky, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 24 at Cincinnati, TBA Oct. 1 Ohio, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Akron, 3 p.m. Oct. 15 Kent St., TBA Oct. 22 at Bowling Green, TBA Oct. 29 at E. Michigan, TBA Nov. 4 Cent. Michigan, 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at Buffalo, TBA Nov. 22 Ball St., 7 p.m.

MICHIGAN Sep. 3 Hawaii, Noon Sep. 10 UCF, Noon Sep. 17 Colorado, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 24 Penn St., TBA Oct. 1 Wisconsin, TBA Oct. 8 at Rutgers, 8 p.m. Oct. 22 Illinois, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Michigan St., TBA Nov. 5 Maryland, TBA Nov. 12 at Iowa, 8 p.m. Nov. 19 Indiana, TBA Nov. 26 at Ohio St., TBA MICHIGAN ST. Sep. 2 Furman, 7 p.m. Sep. 17 at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. Sep. 24 Wisconsin, TBA Oct. 1 at Indiana, 8 p.m. Oct. 8 BYU, TBA Oct. 15 Northwestern, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Maryland, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 Michigan, TBA Nov. 5 at Illinois, TBA Nov. 12 Rutgers, TBA Nov. 19 Ohio St., TBA Nov. 26 at Penn St., TBA MIDDLE TENNESSEE Sep. 3 Alabama A&M, 7 p.m. Sep. 10 at Vanderbilt, 4 p.m. Sep. 17 at Bowling Green, Noon Sep. 24 Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at North Texas, 7 p.m. Oct. 15 W. Kentucky, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Missouri, TBA Oct. 29 at FIU, 7 p.m. Nov. 5 UTSA, 1:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Marshall, 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at Charlotte, 2 p.m. Nov. 26 FAU, 5:30 p.m.

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MINNESOTA Sep. 1 Oregon St., 9 p.m. Sep. 10 Indiana St., Noon Sep. 24 Colorado St., TBA Oct. 1 at Penn St., TBA Oct. 8 Iowa, TBA Oct. 15 at Maryland, TBA Oct. 22 Rutgers, Noon Oct. 29 at Illinois, Noon Nov. 5 Purdue, TBA Nov. 12 at Nebraska, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 Northwestern, TBA Nov. 26 at Wisconsin, TBA MISSISSIPPI Sep. 5 Florida St., 8 p.m. Sep. 10 Wofford, 4 p.m. Sep. 17 Alabama, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 24 Georgia, TBA Oct. 1 Memphis, TBA Oct. 15 at Arkansas, TBA Oct. 22 at LSU, TBA Oct. 29 Auburn, TBA Nov. 5 Georgia Southern, TBA Nov. 12 at Texas A&M, TBA Nov. 19 at Vanderbilt, TBA Nov. 26 Mississippi St., TBA MISSISSIPPI ST. Sep. 3 South Alabama, Noon Sep. 10 South Carolina, 7 p.m. Sep. 17 at LSU, 7 p.m. Sep. 24 at UMass, TBA Oct. 8 Auburn, TBA Oct. 14 at BYU, 10:15 p.m. Oct. 22 at Kentucky, TBA Oct. 29 Samford, TBA Nov. 5 Texas A&M, TBA Nov. 12 at Alabama, TBA Nov. 19 Arkansas, TBA Nov. 26 at Mississippi, TBA MISSOURI Sep. 3 at West Virginia, Noon Sep. 10 E. Michigan, 7:30 p.m. Sep. 17 Georgia, 7:30 p.m. Sep. 24 Delaware St., TBA Oct. 1 at LSU, TBA Oct. 15 at Florida, TBA Oct. 22 Middle Tennessee, TBA Oct. 29 Kentucky, TBA Nov. 5 at South Carolina, TBA Nov. 12 Vanderbilt, TBA Nov. 19 at Tennessee, TBA Nov. 26 Arkansas, 2:30 p.m. NORTHERN ILLINOIS Sep. 3 at Wyoming, 10:30 p.m. Sep. 10 at South Florida, 7 p.m. Sep. 17 San Diego St., 3:30 p.m. Sep. 24 W. Illinois, TBA Oct. 1 at Ball St., TBA Oct. 8 at W. Michigan, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 Cent. Michigan, TBA Oct. 22 Buffalo, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 1 Bowling Green, 8 p.m. Nov. 9 Toledo, 8 p.m. Nov. 16 at E. Michigan, TBA Nov. 25 at Kent St., TBA NC STATE Sep. 1 William & Mary, 7:30 p.m. Sep. 10 at East Carolina, Noon Sep. 17 Old Dominion, 6 p.m. Oct. 1 Wake Forest, TBA Oct. 8 Notre Dame, TBA Oct. 15 at Clemson, TBA Oct. 22 at Louisville, TBA Oct. 29 Boston College, TBA Nov. 5 Florida St., TBA Nov. 12 at Syracuse, TBA Nov. 19 Miami, TBA Nov. 25 at North Carolina, TBA NAVY Sep. 3 Fordham, Noon Sep. 10 UConn, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 17 at Tulane, 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at Air Force, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 8 Houston, 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at East Carolina, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 Memphis, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at South Florida, 7 p.m. Nov. 5 Notre Dame, 11:30 a.m. Nov. 12 Tulsa, Noon Nov. 26 at SMU, TBA Dec. 10 Army, 3 p.m.

NEBRASKA Sep. 3 Fresno St., 8 p.m. Sep. 10 Wyoming, 8 p.m. Sep. 17 Oregon, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 24 at Northwestern, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 Illinois, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Indiana, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 22 Purdue, TBA Oct. 29 at Wisconsin, 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at Ohio St., 8 p.m. Nov. 12 Minnesota, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 Maryland, TBA Nov. 25 at Iowa, TBA NEVADA Sep. 2 Cal Poly, 9:30 p.m. Sep. 10 at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 17 Buffalo, 9 p.m. Sep. 24 at Purdue, TBA Oct. 1 at Hawaii, 11:59 p.m. Oct. 8 Fresno St., TBA Oct. 15 at San Jose St., 10:30 p.m. Oct. 22 Wyoming, TBA Nov. 5 at New Mexico, TBA Nov. 12 San Diego St., 10:30 p.m. Nov. 19 Utah St., TBA Nov. 26 at UNLV, TBA NEW MEXICO Sep. 3 South Dakota, 9 p.m. Sep. 10 at New Mexico St., 8 p.m. Sep. 17 at Rutgers, Noon Oct. 1 San Jose St., 4 p.m. Oct. 7 Boise St., 9 p.m. Oct. 15 Air Force, TBA Oct. 22 Louisiana-Monroe, 9 p.m. Oct. 29 at Hawaii, 11:59 p.m. Nov. 5 Nevada, TBA Nov. 12 at Utah St., TBA Nov. 19 at Colorado St., TBA Nov. 26 Wyoming, TBA NEW MEXICO ST. Sep. 3 at UTEP, 8 p.m. Sep. 10 New Mexico, 8 p.m. Sep. 17 at Kentucky, 4 p.m. Sep. 24 at Troy, TBA Oct. 1 Louisiana-Lafayette, 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at Idaho, TBA Oct. 22 Georgia Southern, 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at Texas A&M, TBA Nov. 12 at Arkansas St., TBA Nov. 19 Texas St., 4 p.m. Nov. 26 Appalachian St., 4 p.m. Dec. 3 at South Alabama, TBA NORTH CAROLINA Sep. 3 Georgia, 5:30 p.m. Sep. 10 at Illinois, 7:30 p.m. Sep. 17 James Madison, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 24 Pittsburgh, TBA Oct. 1 at Florida St., TBA Oct. 8 Virginia Tech, TBA Oct. 15 at Miami, TBA Oct. 22 at Virginia, TBA Nov. 5 Georgia Tech, TBA Nov. 10 at Duke, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 The Citadel, TBA Nov. 25 NC State, TBA NORTH TEXAS Sep. 3 SMU, 7 p.m. Sep. 10 Bethune Cookman, 7 p.m. Sep. 17 at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Sep. 24 at Rice, TBA Oct. 1 Middle Tennessee, 7 p.m. Oct. 8 Marshall, 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at Army, Noon Oct. 29 at UTSA, 7 p.m. Nov. 5 Louisiana Tech, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at W. Kentucky, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 19 Southern Miss., 5:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at UTEP, TBA NORTHWESTERN Sep. 3 W. Michigan, Noon Sep. 10 Illinois St., 3:30 p.m. Sep. 17 Duke, 8 p.m. Sep. 24 Nebraska, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 Iowa, Noon Oct. 15 at Michigan St., 3:30 p.m. Oct. 22 Indiana, Noon Oct. 29 at Ohio St., 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 Wisconsin, TBA Nov. 12 at Purdue, TBA Nov. 19 at Minnesota, TBA Nov. 26 Illinois, TBA

NOTRE DAME Sep. 4 at Texas, 7:30 p.m. Sep. 10 Nevada, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 17 Michigan St., 7:30 p.m. Sep. 24 Duke, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 1 Syracuse, TBA Oct. 8 at N.C. State, TBA Oct. 15 Stanford, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 Miami, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 5 Navy, 11:30 a.m. Nov. 12 Army, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 19 Virginia Tech, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at Southern Cal, TBA OHIO Sep. 3 Texas St., 3:30 p.m. Sep. 10 at Kansas, 2:30 p.m. Sep. 17 at Tennessee, Noon Sep. 24 Gardner-Webb, TBA Oct. 1 at Miami (Ohio), 2 p.m. Oct. 8 Bowling Green, 2 p.m. Oct. 15 E. Michigan, TBA Oct. 22 at Kent St., TBA Oct. 27 at Toledo, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 Buffalo, 6 p.m. Nov. 15 at Cent. Michigan, 6 p.m. Nov. 22 Akron, 7 p.m. OHIO ST. Sep. 3 Bowling Green, Noon Sep. 10 Tulsa, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 17 at Oklahoma, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 Rutgers, Noon Oct. 8 Indiana, TBA Oct. 15 at Wisconsin, 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at Penn St., 8 p.m. Oct. 29 Northwestern, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 Nebraska, 8 p.m. Nov. 12 at Maryland, TBA Nov. 19 at Michigan St., TBA Nov. 26 Michigan, TBA OKLAHOMA Sep. 3 at Houston, Noon Sep. 10 Louisiana-Monroe, 7 p.m. Sep. 17 Ohio St., 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at TCU, TBA Oct. 8 Texas, TBA Oct. 15 Kansas St., TBA Oct. 22 at Texas Tech, TBA Oct. 29 Kansas, TBA Nov. 3 at Iowa St., 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 Baylor, TBA Nov. 19 at West Virginia, TBA Dec. 3 Oklahoma St., TBA OKLAHOMA ST. Sep. 3 SE Louisiana, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 10 Cent. Michigan, Noon Sep. 17 Pittsburgh, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 24 at Baylor, TBA Oct. 1 Texas, TBA Oct. 8 Iowa St., TBA Oct. 22 at Kansas, TBA Oct. 29 West Virginia, TBA Nov. 5 at Kansas St., TBA Nov. 12 Texas Tech, TBA Nov. 19 at TCU, TBA Dec. 3 at Oklahoma, TBA OLD DOMINION Sep. 3 Hampton, 6 p.m. Sep. 10 at Appalachian St., 3:30 p.m. Sep. 17 at NC State, 6 p.m. Sep. 24 UTSA, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Charlotte, 6 p.m. Oct. 8 UMass, TBA Oct. 22 at W. Kentucky, 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at UTEP, 8 p.m. Nov. 5 Marshall, 7 p.m. Nov. 12 Southern Miss., 3:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at FAU, 6 p.m. Nov. 26 FIU, TBA OREGON Sep. 3 UC Davis, 5 p.m. Sep. 10 Virginia, 10:30 p.m. Sep. 17 at Nebraska, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 24 Colorado, TBA Oct. 1 at Washington St., TBA Oct. 8 Washington, TBA Oct. 21 at California, 10:30 p.m. Oct. 29 Arizona St., TBA Nov. 5 at Southern Cal, TBA Nov. 12 Stanford, TBA Nov. 19 at Utah, TBA Nov. 26 at Oregon St., TBA See COLLEGE, Page 85


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OREGON ST. Sep. 1 at Minnesota, 9 p.m. Sep. 17 Idaho St., 5 p.m. Sep. 24 Boise St., TBA Oct. 1 at Colorado, TBA Oct. 8 California, TBA Oct. 15 Utah, TBA Oct. 22 at Washington, TBA Oct. 29 Washington St., TBA Nov. 5 at Stanford, TBA Nov. 12 at UCLA, TBA Nov. 19 Arizona, TBA Nov. 26 Oregon, TBA PENN ST. Sep. 3 Kent St., 3:30 p.m. Sep. 10 at Pittsburgh, Noon Sep. 17 Temple, Noon Sep. 24 at Michigan, TBA Oct. 1 Minnesota, TBA Oct. 8 Maryland, Noon Oct. 22 Ohio St., 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at Purdue, TBA Nov. 5 Iowa, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Indiana, TBA Nov. 19 at Rutgers, 8 p.m. Nov. 26 Michigan St., TBA PITTSBURGH Sep. 3 Villanova, 1:30 p.m. Sep. 10 Penn St., Noon Sep. 17 at Oklahoma St., 3:30 p.m. Sep. 24 at North Carolina, TBA Oct. 1 Marshall, TBA Oct. 8 Georgia Tech, TBA Oct. 15 at Virginia, TBA Oct. 27 Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at Miami, TBA Nov. 12 at Clemson, TBA Nov. 19 Duke, TBA Nov. 26 Syracuse, TBA PURDUE Sep. 3 E. Kentucky, Noon Sep. 10 Cincinnati, Noon Sep. 24 Nevada, TBA Oct. 1 at Maryland, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Illinois, TBA Oct. 15 Iowa, Noon Oct. 22 at Nebraska, TBA Oct. 29 Penn St., TBA Nov. 5 at Minnesota, TBA Nov. 12 Northwestern, TBA Nov. 19 Wisconsin, TBA Nov. 26 at Indiana, TBA RICE Sep. 1 at W. Kentucky, 8 p.m. Sep. 10 at Army, Noon Sep. 17 Baylor, 8 p.m. Sep. 24 North Texas, TBA Oct. 1 at Southern Miss., 7 p.m. Oct. 15 UTSA, 7 p.m. Oct. 22 Prairie View, TBA Oct. 29 at Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m. Nov. 5 FAU, TBA Nov. 12 at Charlotte, 2 p.m. Nov. 19 UTEP, TBA Nov. 26 at Stanford, TBA RUTGERS Sep. 3 at Washington, 2 p.m. Sep. 10 Howard, Noon Sep. 17 New Mexico, Noon Sep. 24 Iowa, TBA Oct. 1 at Ohio St., Noon Oct. 8 Michigan, 8 p.m. Oct. 15 Illinois, Noon Oct. 22 at Minnesota, Noon Nov. 5 Indiana, TBA Nov. 12 at Michigan St., TBA Nov. 19 Penn St., 8 p.m. Nov. 26 at Maryland, TBA SMU Sep. 3 at North Texas, 7 p.m. Sep. 10 at Baylor, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 17 Liberty, 7 p.m. Sep. 23 TCU, 8 p.m. Oct. 1 at Temple, TBA Oct. 7 at Tulsa, 8 p.m. Oct. 22 Houston, TBA Oct. 29 at Tulane, TBA Nov. 5 Memphis, TBA Nov. 12 at East Carolina, TBA Nov. 19 South Florida, TBA Nov. 26 Navy, TBA

SAN DIEGO ST. Sep. 3 New Hampshire, 8:30 p.m. Sep. 10 California, 10:30 p.m. Sep. 17 at N. Illinois, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at South Alabama, TBA Oct. 8 UNLV, TBA Oct. 14 at Fresno St., 10 p.m. Oct. 21 San Jose St., 10:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Utah St., 8 p.m. Nov. 5 Hawaii, 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Nevada, 10:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at Wyoming, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 26 Colorado St., 9 p.m. SAN JOSE ST. Sep. 3 at Tulsa, 7 p.m. Sep. 10 Portland St., 4:30 p.m. Sep. 17 Utah, 10:30 p.m. Sep. 24 at Iowa St., Noon Oct. 1 at New Mexico, 4 p.m. Oct. 8 Hawaii, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 15 Nevada, 10:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at San Diego St., 10:30 p.m. Oct. 29 UNLV, 10:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Boise St., 10:15 p.m. Nov. 19 Air Force, 10:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at Fresno St., 3:30 p.m. SOUTH ALABAMA Sep. 3 at Mississippi St., Noon Sep. 10 Georgia Southern, TBA Sep. 17 LouisianaLafayette, TBA Sep. 24 Nicholls, TBA Oct. 1 San Diego St., TBA Oct. 15 at Arkansas St., TBA Oct. 20 Troy, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 Georgia St., TBA Nov. 5 at LouisianaMonroe, 5 p.m. Nov. 19 at LSU, TBA Nov. 26 at Idaho, TBA Dec. 3 New Mexico St., TBA SOUTH CAROLINA Sep. 1 at Vanderbilt, 8 p.m. Sep. 10 at Mississippi St., 7 p.m. Sep. 17 East Carolina, 4 p.m. Sep. 24 at Kentucky, TBA Oct. 1 Texas A&M, TBA Oct. 8 Georgia, TBA Oct. 22 UMass, TBA Oct. 29 Tennessee, TBA Nov. 5 Missouri, TBA Nov. 12 at Florida, TBA Nov. 19 W. Carolina, TBA Nov. 26 at Clemson, TBA SOUTH FLORIDA Sep. 3 Towson, 7 p.m. Sep. 10 N. Illinois, 7 p.m. Sep. 17 at Syracuse, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 24 Florida St., TBA Oct. 1 at Cincinnati, TBA Oct. 8 East Carolina, TBA Oct. 15 UConn, TBA Oct. 21 at Temple, 7 p.m. Oct. 28 Navy, 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Memphis, TBA Nov. 19 at SMU, TBA Nov. 26 UCF, TBA SOUTHERN CAL Sep. 3 Alabama, 8 p.m. Sep. 10 Utah St., 2 p.m. Sep. 17 at Stanford, 8 p.m. Sep. 23 at Utah, 9 p.m. Oct. 1 Arizona St., TBA Oct. 8 Colorado, TBA Oct. 15 at Arizona, TBA Oct. 27 California, 10:30 p.m. Nov. 5 Oregon, TBA Nov. 12 at Washington, TBA Nov. 19 at UCLA, TBA Nov. 26 Notre Dame, TBA SOUTHERN MISS. Sep. 3 at Kentucky, 7:30 p.m. Sep. 10 Savannah St., 7 p.m. Sep. 17 Troy, 7 p.m. Sep. 24 at UTEP, 8 p.m. Oct. 1 Rice, 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at UTSA, Noon Oct. 15 at LSU, TBA Oct. 29 Marshall, 7 p.m. Nov. 5 Charlotte, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Old Dominion, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at North Texas, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 25 Louisiana Tech, TBA

STANFORD Sep. 2 Kansas St., 9 p.m. Sep. 17 Southern Cal, 8 p.m. Sep. 24 at UCLA, TBA Sep. 30 at Washington, 9 p.m. Oct. 8 Washington St., TBA Oct. 15 at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 Colorado, TBA Oct. 29 at Arizona, TBA Nov. 5 Oregon St., TBA Nov. 12 at Oregon, TBA Nov. 19 at California, TBA Nov. 26 Rice, TBA SYRACUSE Sep. 2 Colgate, 7 p.m. Sep. 9 Louisville, 8 p.m. Sep. 17 South Florida, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 24 at UConn, TBA Oct. 1 Notre Dame, TBA Oct. 8 at Wake Forest, TBA Oct. 15 Virginia Tech, TBA Oct. 22 at Boston College, TBA Nov. 5 at Clemson, TBA Nov. 12 NC State, TBA Nov. 19 Florida St., TBA Nov. 26 at Pittsburgh, TBA TCU Sep. 3 S. Dakota St., 8 p.m. Sep. 10 Arkansas, 7 p.m. Sep. 17 Iowa St., Noon Sep. 23 at SMU, 8 p.m. Oct. 1 Oklahoma, TBA Oct. 8 at Kansas, TBA Oct. 22 at West Virginia, TBA Oct. 29 Texas Tech, TBA Nov. 5 at Baylor, TBA Nov. 19 Oklahoma St., TBA Nov. 25 at Texas, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 3 Kansas St., TBA TEMPLE Sep. 2 Army, 7 p.m. Sep. 10 Stony Brook, 1 p.m. Sep. 17 at Penn St., Noon Sep. 24 Charlotte, TBA Oct. 1 SMU, TBA Oct. 6 at Memphis, 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at UCF, TBA Oct. 21 South Florida, 7 p.m. Oct. 29 Cincinnati, TBA Nov. 4 at UConn, 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at Tulane, TBA Nov. 26 East Carolina, TBA TENNESSEE Sep. 1 Appalachian St., 7:30 p.m. Sep. 10 Virginia Tech, 8 p.m. Sep. 17 Ohio, Noon Sep. 24 Florida, TBA Oct. 1 at Georgia, TBA Oct. 8 at Texas A&M, TBA Oct. 15 Alabama, TBA Oct. 29 at South Carolina, TBA Nov. 5 Tennessee Tech, TBA Nov. 12 Kentucky, TBA Nov. 19 Missouri, TBA Nov. 26 at Vanderbilt, TBA TEXAS Sep. 4 Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. Sep. 10 UTEP, 7 p.m. Sep. 17 at California, 10:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Oklahoma St., TBA Oct. 8 Oklahoma, TBA Oct. 15 Iowa St., TBA Oct. 22 at Kansas St., TBA Oct. 29 Baylor, TBA Nov. 5 at Texas Tech, TBA Nov. 12 West Virginia, TBA Nov. 19 at Kansas, TBA Nov. 25 TCU, 3:30 p.m. TEXAS A&M Sep. 3 UCLA, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 10 Prairie View, Noon Sep. 17 at Auburn, 7 p.m. Sep. 24 Arkansas, TBA Oct. 1 at South Carolina, TBA Oct. 8 Tennessee, TBA Oct. 22 at Alabama, TBA Oct. 29 New Mexico St., TBA Nov. 5 at Mississippi St., TBA Nov. 12 Mississippi, TBA Nov. 19 UTSA, TBA Nov. 24 LSU, 7:30 p.m.

TEXAS ST. Sep. 3 at Ohio, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 17 at Arkansas, 7:30 p.m. Sep. 24 Houston, 7 p.m. Oct. 1 Incarnate Word, 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Georgia St., TBA Oct. 15 at Louisiana Monroe, 7 p.m. Oct. 22 Louisiana-Lafayette, 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at Appalachian St., TBA Nov. 12 Idaho, 4 p.m. Nov. 19 at New Mexico St., 4 p.m. Nov. 26 Troy, 4 p.m. Dec. 3 Arkansas St., 4 p.m. TEXAS TECH Sep. 3 Stephen F Austin, 8 p.m. Sep. 10 at Arizona St., 10 p.m. Sep. 17 Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m. Sep. 29 Kansas, 8:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Kansas St., TBA Oct. 15 West Virginia, TBA Oct. 22 Oklahoma, TBA Oct. 29 at TCU, TBA Nov. 5 Texas, TBA Nov. 12 at Oklahoma St., TBA Nov. 19 at Iowa St., TBA Nov. 25 Baylor, 6 p.m. TOLEDO Sep. 2 at Arkansas St., 9 p.m. Sep. 10 Maine 7 p.m. Sep. 17 Fresno St., 3 p.m. Sep. 30 at BYU, 10:15 p.m. Oct. 8 at E. Michigan, 3 p.m. Oct. 15 Bowling Green, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 22 Cent. Michigan, TBA Oct. 27 Ohio, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Akron, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at N. Illinois, 8 p.m. Nov. 16 Ball St., TBA Nov. 25 at W. Michigan, TBA

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TROY Sep. 3 Austin Peay, TBA Sep. 10 at Clemson, 12:30 p.m. Sep. 17 at Southern Miss., 7 p.m. Sep. 24 New Mexico St., TBA Oct. 1 at Idaho, TBA Oct. 15 Georgia St., TBA Oct. 20 at South Alabama, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 UMass, TBA Nov. 12 Appalachian St., TBA Nov. 17 Arkansas St., 9:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at Texas St., 4 p.m. Dec. 3 at Georgia Southern, 1 p.m. TULANE Sep. 1 at Wake Forest, 7 p.m. Sep. 10 Southern, 8 p.m. Sep. 17 Navy, 7 p.m. Sep. 24 Louisiana-Lafayette, 8 p.m. Oct. 1 at UMass, TBA Oct. 7 at UCF, 8 p.m. Oct. 14 Memphis, 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at Tulsa, TBA Oct. 29 SMU, TBA Nov. 12 at Houston, TBA Nov. 19 Temple, TBA Nov. 26 at UConn, TBA TULSA Sep. 3 San Jose St., 7 p.m. Sep. 10 at Ohio St., 3:30 p.m. Sep. 17 NC A&T, 2 p.m. Sep. 24 Fresno St., 10:30 p.m. Oct. 7 SMU, 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at Houston, TBA Oct. 22 Tulane, TBA Oct. 29 at Memphis, TBA Nov. 5 East Carolina, TBA Nov. 12 at Navy, Noon Nov. 19 at UCF, TBA Nov. 25 Cincinnati, TBA See COLLEGE, Page 106


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Mountaineers must fill defensive holes mism, but we have equally as much coming back offensively. That kind of made us mad offensively last year, and it Big 12 teams have feasted often on makes us mad defensively this year. I West Virginia’s defense since the think there is a little bit of a chip on our Mountaineers entered the league in shoulder and we are anxious to put in 2012, and this season could spell anoth- the work to get us to game day.” er long one for a unit that must find West Virginia has shored up the seceight new starters. ondary with four junior college transfers In a pivotal year for embattled coach along with Iowa graduate transfer Dana Holgorsen, the Mountaineers Maurice Fleming and Miami transfer return plenty of playmakers on offense, Antonio Crawford, both at cornerback. leaving it up to defensive coordinator One defender looking for a breakout Tony Gibson to keep that side of the ball season is third-year starting lineman Noble from becoming the team’s weak spot. Nwachukwu, who recorded team highs in Junior safety Dravon Askew-Henry sacks (8.5) and tackles for loss (13). was the lone returnee among the top six “When he gets one on one with anytacklers, but an injury has shelved him body in the country, I think he is good for the season. All three linebackers and enough to beat them,” Gibson said. three of the five starters in the secondary On offense, quarterback Skyler are gone. Senior Nana Kyeremeh is the Howard will have a veteran line and most experienced returning cornerback wide receivers to try to feed off the with one career start. momentum of last year’s Cactus Bowl, The good news is the backups from a when he threw for a bowl-record 532 year ago were part of a 3-3-5 formation yards and five touchdowns in a 43-42 that came up with some stops after the win over Arizona State. Mountaineers got knocked around in Other things to know as West their first three seasons in the Big 12. Virginia battles for respectability in the Despite allowing an average of 45 Big 12: points over a four-game conference losRUN IF YOU CAN: Gone is Big 12 ing streak, West Virginia allowed the rushing leader Wendell Smallwood, fewest touchdowns (33) and had the leaving most of the running responsibilimost interceptions (23) among Big 12 ties to senior Rushel Shell, who will teams in 2015. look to reach 1,000 yards for the first “Last year, there was a lot of optitime since transferring from Pittsburgh mism because of what we had coming after his freshman season. Holgorsen back defensively,” Holgorsen said. “This will also have to lean on freshman year there is not quite as much optiKennedy McKoy and junior college

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transfer Justin Crawford. NEW BLOOD: The Mountaineers made wholesale changes among their coaching staff. The newcomers are former Texas assistant Joe Wickline as offensive coordinator; wide receivers coach Tyron Carrier, an offensive graduate assistant at Baylor last year; exMiami Dolphins assistant Blue Adams at cornerbacks; and former Arizona assistant Matt Caponi with the safeties. Former standout wide receiver Stedman Bailey is joining the team as a student assistant coach. KEY GAMES: Among West Virginia’s seven home games are dates with perennial league contenders TCU on Oct. 22, Oklahoma on Nov. 19 and Baylor on Dec. 3. The season could hinge, though, on an Oct. 29 visit to Oklahoma State. PREDICTION: The Mountaineers aren’t expected to challenge for the Big 12 title but might have to make some noise in order to save the job of Holgorsen, who is 36-28 in five seasons. WVU could ride a solid start over the first five games and hope to become bowl eligible for a fifth time under Holgorsen. A 7-5 finish sounds about right. SEASON OPENER: Missouri, Sept. 3, in Morgantown. The Tigers beat the Mountaineers 34-31 the last time the teams met in the 1998 Insight.com Bowl. The Mountaineers have lost five straight against Southeastern Conference opponents.


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DALLAS — Oklahoma already has a record nine Big 12 championships s and last season took the league into the College Football Playoff for the first time. While the smallest Power Five conference could soon be expanding, the Sooners and Bob Stoops — the longesttenured FBS coach — seem to have everything in place to push for another playoff run out of the 10-team league. Since their last national title in 2000, the Sooners made another BCS Championship Game in 2008 and last season played in the Orange Bowl, losing the CFP semifinal to Clemson after the Big 12 was snubbed for the first four-team playoff in 2014. “I don’t reflect back much on it,” Stoop said of the national title in his second season at Oklahoma. “I look forward and try and continue to improve, and be a more powerful team is what I’m constantly preaching.” Big 12 leaders have to decide whether to add two, four or no teams. Even without expansion, the league is restoring its championship game in 2017, with a likely split into divisions again. For now, the Big 12 remains the only Power Five conference with a round-robin league schedule. “We’ve been in five different conferences, and we’ve done it about every way that you can,” said TCU coach

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Gary Patterson, whose Horned Frogs go into their fifth Big 12 season. “I don’t think there’s any tougher way of playing it as when you have to play everybody.” THE FAVORITES Baker Mayfield is back for his second season as Oklahoma’s quarterback, with the option for another year after this in Norman for the former Texas Tech walk-on freshman starter thanks to a Big 12 rule change about inleague transfers. The Sooners also have the running duo of bruising Samaje Perine and explosive Joe Mixon. Oklahoma State, TCU and Baylor all also won at least 10 games last season. Healthy quarterback Mason Rudolph is among a wealth of returners for the Cowboys. Dual-threat quarterback Trevone Boykin is gone, but TCU has 13 starters back from last season, plus six other starters who had season-ending injuries a year ago. Baylor, the nation’s best offense the last three seasons, still has plenty of talent. But the Bears lack depth in transition after the offseason dismissal of coach Art Briles following allegations that the program didn’t properly handle sexual assault allegations against some players. TOP PLAYERS Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma. A legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate who threw for 3,700 yards and accounted for 43 touch-

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downs (36 passing, seven rushing) with only seven interceptions. Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas. While starting every game as a true freshman and recording 61 tackles, Jefferson also became a key leader. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech. The dual-threat quarterback, the national leader with 393 total yards per game, is now a one-sport athlete. He got his first full offseason focusing solely on football after giving up baseball. Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma. Quiet off the field, the junior already has 3,062 yards and 37 TDs in two seasons, just 1,056 yards shy of Billy Sims’ school record. Seth Russell, QB, Baylor. The top-rated FBS passer when he suffered a season-ending neck injury seven games into last season, Russell is healthy with no proven backup. Josh Carraway, DE, TCU. Already one of the league’s top pass-rushers (nine sacks), and with help with the return of fellow end James McFarland from injury. James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State. A deep-ball threat who can outleap defenders, his 10 TD catches averaged 49 yards. NEW FACES Iowa State coach Matt Campbell. At 36, Campbell is the youngest head coach of a Power Five school after four full seasons as Toledo’s coach. The Cyclones have one winning record the past 10 seasons.

Baylor coach Jim Grobe. The former Wake Forest coach came out of semi-retirement for a one-year deal as acting head coach. TCU quarterback Kenny Hill. After initially thrilling Texas A&M when succeeding Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, Hill gets a

fresh start near home. Texas offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert. Gilbert brings a philosophy to be fast and physical, have fun and score points after initially balking at the job. PICK Oklahoma repeats as league champion.

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Cavaliers try to ‘earn’ under new coach AP Sports Writer

BY HANK KURZ JR.

“Hopefully my experience will give me a little bit of an advantage,” Johns CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — said, “but at the same time, it’s about Former BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall earning the coaches’ trust and playing has brought a new way of doing things simple and decisive and really competto Virginia, using his theories of ing every single day.” “earned, not given” and “there are two The winner will have plenty of playways of doing things: right, or again” in making options to look to, starting with trying to steer the Cavaliers to the suctailback Taquan Mizzell and multipurcess that has been elusive for so long. pose speedster Olamide Zaccheaus and The Cavaliers did not have a typical including receivers Andrew Levrone and spring game, but instead a typical prac- Doni Dowling, both back from injuries. tice with fans watching. They did not Virginia is deep at running back, and have a starting quarterback when that moving the ball doesn’t seem to be a was over, even with incumbent and team concern of the coaches. leader Matt Johns returning. Instead, On defense, nose tackle Donte Johns, Connor Brewer and transfer Kurt Wilkins, linebacker Micah Kiser and Benkert have been battling for the job safety Quin Blanding give them stalever since. warts and signal callers at all three levThe coach, who serves as his own els, and Blanding is comfortable that defensive coordinator and typically runs Mendenhall will have the unit ready. a 3-4 scheme, has been pleased with the “We love him, and we’re thankful for results so far. him to be here,” he said. “We’re just “I love our team because of how will- ready to win games.” ing they are to work and how hard Some things to watch with Virginia they’ve worked,” he said as preseason this season: camp began. “That’s something they’ve chosen to do, and my responsibility, as CHAPTER ONE long as they keep that up, is to put them The Mendenhall era starts with a in the very best positions ... to have suc- game against very talented Richmond of cess.” the Championship Subdivision, and The biggest question is behind center. rarely has an opener meant more. Sure, Johns threw 20 touchdown passes last the Spiders are a lower-level opponent, season, but also threw 17 interceptions, but the Cavaliers have had their hands and began the spring as the least familiar full with Richmond a few times in recent with the offense among the three conseasons, and they travel in Week Two to tenders. high-powered Oregon. Getting off to a

good start and some positive initial reinforcement could set a tone for the early going. THE QB Johns has the respect of his teammates, but neither the arm strength nor the ability to keep plays alive with his feet that Benkert has shown. Benkert also arrived after spring practice already more familiar with the team’s offense, having run it at East Carolina.

KEY GAMES The Cavaliers would love for games later in the season to become more important because of bowl ramifications, but until that happens, games at Connecticut on Sept. 17, at recent nemesis Duke on Oct. 1 and the regular-season finale at Virginia Tech are the one fans will most hope show a new day is dawning for Virginia. The Hokies have won the last 12 meetings in the series. PREDICTION Mendenhall was pleasantly surprised with the talent available when he got to Virginia, and the players have universally professed total belief in the coach and his staff. That kind of mindset goes a long way, especially in crunch time of tight games, and with a non-league schedule not nearly as daunting as in recent years, the Cavaliers should expect to get six wins and their first bowl game in five seasons.

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where 150,000 or so fans are expected to be in attendance. RECEIVER SHORTAGE BLACKSBURG, Va. — Justin In Isaiah Ford and Cam Phillips, Fuente arrives as Frank Beamer’s sucVirginia Tech has one of the best cessor at Virginia Tech with an offentandems of receivers in the ACC. Fuente sive background that has Hokies fans likes to play fast and shuttle in lots of excited, and with lofty expectations. players. That has put pressure on young Last season at Memphis, Fuente’s receivers to learn fast, although tight end Justin Fuente offense was steered by 6-foot-7 quarterBucky Hodges and fullback Sam Rogers back Paxton Lynch, the 26th player are also very capable pass-catchers. selected overall in the NFL draft, and our standards,” Foster said as camp got LINEBACKER DEPTH he’s not yet certain who will fill that role started. “We are going to get back to Foster has several young players that for the Hokies. The contenders are that. I don’t feel any pressure. When he has high expectations for, and in a Brenden Motley, who showed dualcoach (Fuente) and I first started talking, defensive scheme that feeds a lot of the threat ability in six starts last season, and he told me that I wouldn’t have to play playmaking to the linebackers, he will transfer Jerod Evans. He has no major perfect defense anymore. I told him that need several of them to be ready to college experience, but threw for 38 he doesn’t know me very well from that prove that his expectations are warranted touchdowns against just three intercepstandpoint.” quickly. tions in just eight games before being In the offseason, several linemen in KEY GAMES sidelined with a wrist injury last year at the defensive mix bulked up and got The matchup with the Vols is huge Trinity Valley Community College in faster. With potential phenom Tim Settle and has been hyped as such. But with a Texas. in better shape and still weighing in at Coastal Division title the primary objecMotley, a fifth-year senior, was inher- above 320 pounds — and several other tive for the year, the Hokies’ games at ited, while Fuente also recruited Evans linemen having added weight and musdivision rivals North Carolina on Oct. 8, when he was at Memphis. cle — Foster is optimistic. at home on a Thursday night against Fuente has expressed no desire to rush “It is hard to play perfect,” he said of Miami on Oct. 20 and at Duke of Nov. before making a decision, and that’s fine the defense overall, “but we are looking 5 will have the most to say about their with the contenders. for excellence.” prospects. “I’m a team-first guy,” Motley said. Here are some things to watch at PREDICTION “I know Rod is a team-first guy. If that’s Virginia Tech this season: The Hokies have limped into bowl what coach wants to do, that’s fine with OPENING DAY eligibility several times in recent years, me.” The Fuente era begins with a home leading to the change at the top. But Revered defensive coordinator Bud game against Liberty, and the Hokies Fuente’s fast-paced system is much difFoster is still around calling the defenwould do well to perform in a way that ferent that the conservative approach sive shots. He is looking to rebuild a gives them a good feeling heading into Beamer preferred, and while it may defense that disappointed last season, Week Two. That’s when they will play take some time to hit their stride, especially in its inability to stop the run. Tennessee of the SEC at Bristol Motor there’s too much talent not to go bowl“Last year was very poor according to Speedway, a long-anticipated matchup ing again.

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combined to go 57-3 against the rest of the league, while the last time either lost to a division opponent came nearly RALEIGH, N.C. — Clemson’s four years ago. Deshaun Watson still thinks about car“We’ve been able to recruit well and rying an unbeaten record into the final have very good players and we’ve game of the season before losing to been able to coach them well,” Alabama with a national championship Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said of on the line. the gap between the Atlantic powers The Tigers and their star quarterand the rest of the league. “Not that back are the preseason favorite to win other guys haven’t, but we’ve been the Atlantic Coast Conference and be able to be fortunate in certain games. I positioned to return to the College mean, we’ve created a culture that Football Playoff, but there’s another right now we’re both playing pretty team — Florida State — that enters well.” the season with a playoff shot within THE FAVORITES reach. Atlantic Division In fact, it’s not impossible that both Clemson. The Tigers were the preteams could find themselves in playoff season pick by media members over position coming out of a league where the Seminoles. While Louisville is the balance of power is tipped heavily poised to make a leap in Year 3 under toward the Atlantic Division that Bobby Petrino, it would be a shock if includes both the Tigers and the Tigers and Seminoles don’t finish Seminoles. atop the division. “We know how to get there,” Coastal Division Watson said of last year’s title-game North Carolina. The Tar Heels are loss. “We’ve experienced it and we’ve coming off an 11-win season and are got to start over this year and try to get trying to become the first repeat back there.” Coastal champion since 2011 in a typClemson (14-1) and Florida State ically wide-open division. (10-3) have combined to win the last TOP PLAYERS five ACC championships. They’ve Watson, Clemson. Last season, he

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was ACC player of the year, third in Heisman Trophy voting and the Manning Award winner as the nation’s top quarterback. All as a sophomore. Dalvin Cook, Florida State. The Seminoles have their own Heisman candidate with a junior running back who ran for an ACC-best 1,691 yards and 19 touchdowns last year. Elijah Hood, North Carolina. The junior is a physical presence for the Coastal champions after running for 1,463 yards and 17 scores. NEW FACES Mark Richt, Miami. He spent the past 15 seasons at Georgia but is now at his alma mater, trying to provide a jolt to a one-time power that has yet to win the Coastal title. Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech. The former Memphis coach is replacing longtime Hokies coach Frank Beamer, taking over a program that had gone from annual 10-win seasons to consecutive 7-6 finishes. Bronco Mendenhall, Virginia. The Cavaliers have one winning season in eight years. Now it’s up to the former BYU coach to turn things around. Dino Babers, Syracuse. The former Bowling Green coach takes over a Syracuse program that has seven wins

in the past two seasons. Eli Drinkwitz, North Carolina State. Drinkwitz is the Wolfpack’s new offensive coordinator after leading one of the nation’s top offenses at Boise State. He inherits a team looking for a new quarterback. James Conner, Pittsburgh. This is a welcome-back season for the running back and 2014 ACC player of the year who went down with an opening-game knee injury, then battled lymphoma. ON THE HOT SEAT Boston College’s Steve Addazio is coming off an 0-8 ACC season.

PICKS Atlantic: Florida State. In what could be a coin flip between two talented teams, the Seminoles’ homefield advantage for the Oct. 29 meeting with the Tigers could be the difference. Coastal: North Carolina. The Tar Heels are breaking in a new quarterback but have several key pieces back from an offense that averaged 40.7 points and 486.9 yards per game. That could again provide cover for a questionable defense, though its matchup with Miami and quarterback Brad Kaaya comes on the road Oct. 15. League champion: Florida State.


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son we had last year,” Shepherd coach Monte Cater said. “Too many things go SHEPHERDSTOWN — into it, injuries, the schedNo summation of Shepherd’s ule— where you play games 2015 season fits more than — and letdowns.” one tendered by Rams defenShepherd overcame its sive back Te Sullivan: share of injuries a season ago “We made history, but we — including one to Ziemba fell short of history,” he said. on the first series of the True enough. national semifinals— yet The Rams reached the prowon its first 13 games before gram’s first Division II falling in the title game. national championship game, “I don’t see our guys as but Shepherd dropped the complacent,” Cater said. contest to Northwest Missouri “We’ll find out.” State. What they did last year After graduating just 10 whet the players’ appetites to seniors, Shepherd, with a do it again. Well, as Sullivan bevy of preseason Allwould say, to do it one better. Americans in different rankZiemba was reminded of ing systems, is well-posithe pain the team felt in losing tioned to make a deep run just a lone game last season. into the playoffs — maybe “We are hungry to get back even making that leap to the and restart what we started,” top. Ziemba said. That group includes the It will be Ziemba’s offense dynamic quarterback-wide in the early part of the season, receiver tandem of Jeff at the very least, as new runJournal photo by Rick Kozlowski ning backs get acclimated to a Ziemba and Billy Brown. There are seven veteran Tre Sullivan, left, and Jeff Ziemba of Shepherd join coach system at Shepherd that likes starters on both offense and to run the football. Monte Cater at Mountain East Conference media day. defense for a team opening Musselman graduate the season ranked in the top Deonte Glover, who had a five in assorted preseason The most-glaring deparreplaced three assistant coach- productive series of spring polls. The Rams are favored tures will be at kicker and es, their stock having risen to drills at West Virginia to win their third of four running back, where eligibili- by the success of the team. University, transferred and is Mountain East Conference ty issues clouded the return of “They want to go ahead See RAMS, Page 100 titles. veterans. Shepherd also and replicate the kind of sea-

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SHEPHERDSTOWN — There’s his football family and his real family for Jeff Ziemba. The two are intertwined. He’s been with some Shepherd teammates for five years, counting their redshirt freshmen seasons, and they’ve become as close as brothers. Then there’s Ziemba’s real brother, Dalton, who sat out last season as a redshirt. To the Shepherd senior quarterback, if there’s one thing he wants to do this season, it’s hook up with his Dalton for a touchdown catch. He has a series of other goals, too, like helping to lead the Rams to another national championship game, for one. There are others, too. However, the opportunity to throw a touchdown pass to his younger brother, who will enjoy his first season of eligibility, can’t be topped for the senior. “One of my goals is to hear over the loudspeaker, ‘Ziemba to Ziemba, touchdown,’” Jeff Ziemba said. “My parents have never heard that.” Never. Their season could be made by hearing a Ziemba-to-Ziemba touchdown pass over the public address system. With his pinpoint passing ability, the quarterback is more than capable of tossing a touchdown pass to Dalton, who moved from wide receiver to tight end for his first season of eligibility. Ziemba has an amazing knack for hooking up with his receivers, his tight ends and his running backs running passing routes. Ziemba’s career completion per-

centage is .637. Some of those incompletions shouldn’t even count against Ziemba’s statistics. They have been more

positive than negative. Rather than take a yardage-losing sack or throwing an interception by trying to force the ball into coverage, Ziemba simply throws the ball out of harm’s way. He’ll toss the football high over the head in the direction of a receiver so it lands out of bounds. A couple of the interceptions thrown by Ziemba probably should-

n’t count either. They were fluky deflections. He has thrown just 13 interceptions over his career. Another of Ziemba’s goals is to throw no interceptions. Plus, to suffer no turnovers at all. “My first goal is to be better than I was last year, being more effective with the ball and get it to the right receiver,” Ziemba said. And keeping the football out of the hands of the opponent. “I don’t like interceptions,” Ziemba said. Yet, it’s a series of interceptions — devastating ones — that motivates Ziemba. He threw three, two of them returned for touchdowns, in a 28-7 regional final loss to West Chester in 2013. “When I was a redshirt freshman, the West Chester game, I said I’d never do that again,” Ziemba said. “The feeling I had after that game was something I’ve never had before. Yeah, that definitely drives me.” He has never had that feeling again. He’s never thrown three interceptions in a game since. Ziemba said his sharpness comes from going up against Shepherd’s defense daily. “Throw an interception against those guys, and you never hear the

end of it,” Ziemba said. The feeling in the national championship game, though, might’ve been worse in many ways compared with the West Chester game. Shepherd could’ve made once-in-aprogram-history national championship last year when Ziemba threw for 3,414 yards and 30 touchdowns as the Rams went 13-1, losing only in the program’s first national championship game. Coming back from a shoulder injury that sidelined him on the first series of the semifinal against Grand Valley State, Ziemba threw one interception against Northwest Missouri State and was sacked 10 times. He’d like one more chance at the Bearcats. Another of Ziemba’s goals for 2015 is to guide Shepherd to another national championship game. “Everybody that was here last year knows that loss on that field was a horrible feeling and a very bad thing,” Ziemba said. “We’re hungry to get back and restart what we started.” The quarterback finished seventh in the Harlon Hill balloting last season and has collected some preseason AllAmerica honors going into 2016. “First, seeing it obviously makes me happy, that there are people who think of me as good or great in that way,” Ziemba said. “Second, I want that to be motivation. That people say I can be an All-American, I just want to prove that I can do it.” He hopes that a professional scout thinks the same thing about him. “I would like to say, ‘Yeah,’” Ziemba said when asked if he hopes to play pro football. “It’s been my dream since I’ve been a kid. If it happens, it happens. It’s been my goal to See ZIEMBA, Page 100

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WINCHESTER – Malik Sims and the rest of Shenandoah University’s seniors Randolph-Macon, 6:30 p.m. wanted to push across a specific message to their teammates when the Hornets Oct. 8 opened football camp on Aug. 11. at Emory & Henry It wasn’t a groundbreaking message, and certainly not a new one to those withOct. 15 in the ranks of Shenandoah’s football proat Bridgewater, 7 p.m. gram, but as the Hornets enter their fifth season as members of the Old Dominion Oct. 22 Athletic Conference, many in the proGuilford gram feel they have yet to earn respect within the league. Oct. 29 Shenandoah wrapped up its third conat Catholic secutive 4-6 season under head coach Scott Yoder last year, which included a 1Nov. 5 6 mark in the ODAC, and Sims wanted to Hampden-Sydney make it clear to the team’s new arrivals that another such season is unacceptable. Nov. 12 “Everybody in the ODAC takes us at Washington & Lee lightly and we don’t like that at all, so Games at 1 p.m., unless noted we’re basically going for everybody in the ODAC,” Sims said, reiterating the underdog mentality that has marked Shenandoah football in recent years. “We wanna win. We wanna win the ODAC, so we stress that to (the freshmen) – 4-6 isn’t OK, 5-5 isn’t OK. If we’re not winning the ODAC, then it’s not OK.” The Hornets, who haven’t had a winning season since 2011 when they were members of the USA South, enjoyed the 304-724-1975 best start in program history (3-0) last fall Windmill Crossing before skidding in ODAC play. Offensively, Shenandoah ranked in the 76 Wolfcraft Way middle of the eight-team conference in

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points (fourth, 30.4 per game), total yards (fifth, 425.9), rushing yards (third, 177.9) and passing yards (fifth, 248) but must replace four starters along the offensive line this fall. Yoders aid the coaches feel “really good” about being able to rebuild the offensive line around center Caleb Hutson, who started nine games as a freshman in 2015. Yoder mentioned returning sophomores Austin Goins, Adam Ibrahim and Andrew Coffman as players in the mix for starting spots, as well as Jonathan Grammo, a transfer from Division II Shepherd and a former teammate of Goins at Kettle Run, Virginia. “While we don’t have as much game experience as the group last year, we feel really good about what they can do physically and what they’re going to be,” Yoder said. “Now it’s a challenge of how quickly can we get them there?” Shenandoah returns plenty at the skill positions on offense, including sophomore quarterback Hayden Bauserman (2,177 yards, 21 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 2015) and all-ODAC senior running back Cedrick Delaney (1,554 all-purpose yards, 10 TDs). Seven of the team’s top eight pass catchers also return, including receivers Leonard Scott (34 catches, 411 yards, six touchdowns) and Deshon Brown (32 catches, 405 yards). On defense, the Hornets ranked seventh in the ODAC in points allowed (31.8) and yards allowed (427.7) last year, and now must fill holes left by the graduation of career tackles leader Michael Messick (126 total tackles in

2015), an inside linebacker, and defensive end Jake Payne, the 2015 ODAC Defensive Player of the Year. “To be honest I don’t think we can replace it,” Yoder said. “Messick’s loss probably hurts the structure of the defense more because of what he was able to do, so we’re gonna have to actually make some changes that people wouldn’t see from the outside to help the young inside linebackers that are trying to fill that spot, which is gonna make it more on us as coaches to get us in the right calls and do things that help those young guys.” Yoder noted that the defensive secondary – a group that includes junior cornerbacks Weldon Gilchrist Jr. (team-high three interceptions in 2015) and Josh White (one interception, six pass breakups) – is “probably the best” he’s had at Shenandoah in terms of returning experience. Inside linebacker Micheal Wroble (72 tackles in 2015) returns for a fifth season after securing a medical hardship waiver for an injury sustained during his freshman year, Yoder said, and brings valuable experience to the defense alongside senior linebacker Malik Sims (67 tackles). Yoder said the team will take a bycommittee approach to the defensive line around defensive tackles Jake Shaffer and Gladimir Dupalis. Jacob Newton entered camp healthy after suffering through a knee injury last season and will resume the kicking duties .for Shenandoah, Yoder said. All-ODAC punter Christian Arias also returns.

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Kicker and punter Brett Benes is an Lions won’t stagger from their runAll-American. ning game, not with all-region lineman Coleman Osborne leading the CONCORD way on a depth-filled group. Concord gave Shepherd its mostWith limited returning starters on difficult regular-season game last sea- defense, Concord will have to ride its son, yet the Mountain Lions were the offense. league’s biggest disappointment, too. The strength of the Mountain Lions Coming off a season as a national defense is in the secondary, where semifinalist, Concord, the MEC’s pre- Jeremiah Johnson and Chaudlier season pick in 2015, landed at break Shepherd lead the way. even at 5-5. Coach Jarin Justice left to take an GLENVILLE STATE assistant’s job at a higher level, leavGlenville State brought in some ing the head job in the hands of long- 150 people into camp trying to retool time former defensive coordinator a team that saw 15 starters exit, 10 on Paul Price. offense — including a pair of 1,000Price said his team has “a chip on yard running backs. their shoulders” after last year’s Damian Gibson, a transfer from effort. Wake Forest, likely will move in at “I’m excited about the possibilities running back, while Dante Roberts with our football team,” Price said. will work at quarterback after six That starts with quarterback Brian starts a season ago. Dante Abshire Novak, whose .664 completion percaught 64 passes last season. centage led the MEC in 2015. He is Coach Dave Hutchison will build about one game short of setting an offensive line around transfers. Concord’s career passing record. The defensive line has nine veteran Gone, though, is the league’s secplayers, and Earon Settles started last ond-rated rusher in Calvinaugh Jones. year at linebacker. Jermeil Douse gives Concord a topSee MEC, Page 100 flight wide receiver, but the Mountain


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BY DAVID GINSBURG COLLEGE PARK, Md. — DJ Durkin brings enthusiasm and a Big Ten background into his new job as Maryland’s head football coach. Unfortunately, the former Michigan defensive coordinator doesn’t have a wealth of talent at his disposal. Durkin takes over a team that went 3-9 last season, 1-7 in the conference. The Terrapins dumped Randy Edsall in the midst of an eight-game losing skid that finally ended with a 46-41 win over Rutgers. Maryland has thus far landed several solid recruits under Durkin, who won’t hesitate to put newcomers in the starting lineup. “It’s a deep freshman class with talent, and it’s guys I know have the right mindset to come in and play and help us,” Durkin said. The upperclassmen can feel the difference a new coach makes. “The culture that Coach Durkin’s brought in, it’s really making everyone compete,” senior quarterback Caleb Rowe said. Still, it’s going to take some time before the Terrapins can stand up to East Division rivals Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State. Durkin has assembled a solid staff that includes former Virginia head coach Mike London; former Ball State head coach Pete Lembo; defensive coordinator Mike Buh, who held the same job at Stanford and Cal; and offensive coordi-

the Year in Alabama, has an outside shot of starting or at least getting significant playing time. LIKELY A STAR The most electrifying player on the team is senior William Likely — a defensive back, kick returner and parttime receiver. Likely considered entering the NFL draft last spring, but said, “I just felt that I couldn’t leave my teammates like that.” DJ Durkin A starter on defense, Likely scored twice on punt returns, took a kickoff nator Walt Bell, whose Arkansas State 100 yards for a TD and caught five team last year scored at least 37 points passes. in nine games. KEY GAMES “You are only as good as the people The Terrapins probably can’t compete you’re around, and we’ve assembled a with the best teams in the Big Ten, so great coaching staff I’m very excited their success lies in starting 3-0 out of about,” Durkin said. “You look at the the conference against Howard, Florida experience level of the guys and their International and Central Florida, then accomplishments professionally, I think securing a few more wins among home that kind of speaks for itself.” games against Purdue, Rutgers and Some things to know about the Terps Minnesota and on the road at Indiana. as they prepare for the 2016 season: PREDICTION QUARTERBACK QUANDARY A .500 finish and bowl eligibility The competition at the most important would be a tremendous success for a position on the team could extend until rebuilding team under a first-year coach. the end of August. More likely, the Terrapins are looking at Seniors Perry Hills and Rowe are the 4-8 or 5-7, which would at least serve as front-runners. Hills has the edge because an improvement from last season. of his ability to run with the ball — he SEASON OPENER ranked second on the team last year with The Terrapins host Howard 535 yards rushing — but both have a University, a perfect opponent to launch propensity to turn the ball over. Hills the Durkin era. The Bison went 1-10 tossed 13 interceptions and Rowe was last year, including a 76-0 loss to picked off 15 times. True freshman Boston College and a 49-0 drubbing by Tyrell Pigrome, the Gatorade Player of Appalachian State.


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The big change in the Big Ten is the move to the ninegame conference schedule. What doesn’t figure to change is the dominance of the East Division. Ohio State, Michigan and defending champion Michigan State all are positioned to make runs at being national top-10 teams, if not College Football Playoff contenders. Iowa’s amazing 12-0 regular season in 2015 notwithstanding, this looks like another year when the West will play in the East’s considerable shadow. The Big Ten attempted to create balance when it split into divisions with Nebraska’s entry in 2011. The Legends and Leaders monikers went by the wayside after three years, replaced by the geographical East-West alignment. Last season, Michigan State went to the playoff and was joined by fellow East members Ohio State and Michigan among the top 12 teams in the final Top 25. Iowa, at No. 9, was the only West team among the top dozen. The year before, Ohio State won the national championship and Michigan State was No. 6 in the final AP poll, with Wisconsin the highest West team at No. 13. The East won the last two Big Ten championship games, with the folks in Wisconsin still smarting from the 59-0 beat-down administered by Ohio State in 2014. Commissioner Jim Delany said shuffling the divisions is not in the plans. “Things are a little cyclical,” he said. “I mean, if you look at other conferences who have experimented much longer than we have, you had a 10- or 12-year run by the eastern group in the SEC and then a 15- , 10-, 12-year run by the West. It looks like the (SEC) East is getting stronger. “We have some great programs in the West who have won national championships, that have won big bowls, that have found themselves in the top five and 10 rankings in the country, have great coaches, great resources, great brands. So I suspect over time there would be parity.” The Big Ten will join the Pac-12 and Big 12 in playing nine-game conference schedules. SEC and ACC teams each play eight league games. THE FAVORITES East Division Urban Meyer has a bevy of talented reinforcements ready to step to the fore after the NFL plucked a record number of players from Ohio State. See BIG 10, Page 105

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BY JOHN RABY Marshall has never had four consecutive 10-win seasons in its history. While that might seem like a stretch in 2016, coach Doc Holliday is confident in the ability of quarterback Chase Litton to put the Thundering Herd in the hunt for a Conference USA championship. Holliday has gone 33-8 since 2013, including a conference title in 2014 and a 10-3 finish last season when Litton was a freshman. “We just can’t forget what got us to where we are these last three years — that’s going to work every day,” Holliday said. “You can’t get complacent. You can’t get selfish. You’ve got to hold each other accountable. The last three years we’ve done that, and that can’t change this year.” Litton took over as starter for Michael Birdsong in the third game last season, tossing four touchdown passes in his debut. Litton won his first seven starts and led the Thundering Herd to a 16-10 win over Connecticut in the St. Petersburg Bowl. For the season Litton completed 60 percent of his pass attempts for 2,605 yards with 23 touchDoc Holliday downs and eight interceptions. All Holliday asks of Litton is “just continue to grow. that next step as far as leadership things “I thought he exceeded his expectago and understanding the offense.” tions as a true freshman,” Holliday said. Some things to know about the “But now he’s got to take that next step. Thundering Herd in 2016: He’s not a freshman anymore. Just take KEY GAMES

Marshall, which has seven home games for the first time since 1996, hosts Louisville on Sept. 24 and travels the following week to play Pittsburgh. The Thundering Herd are expected to battle favorite Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky for the East Division crown and play both at home. RB MIX Converted wide receiver Hyleck Foster could be the primary running back again this season after he subbed for the injured Devon Johnson over the second half of last season. Foster finished with 453 yards, including a pair of 100-yard games. Junior college transfer Anthony Anderson, who is 240 pounds, has drawn size comparisons to the beefy Johnson. HELP AT LB The departure of 2015 Conference USA defensive player of the year and team leading tackler Evan McKelvey left a huge hole at linebacker. Damien Dozier has moved over from the defensive line to help out. And Davon Durant joins Marshall after sitting out last season following his transfer from Arizona. The Sun Devils dismissed the top junior college prospect after he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation in a domestic violence case. PREDICTION An 8-4 finish should get Marshall into a bowl for a fourth straight season. SEASON OPENER Morgan State, Sept. 10, in Huntington.

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• Ron Turner, FIU. The Panthers have gone from one IRVING, Texas — to four to five wins under Conference USA goes into a TOP PLAYERS NEW FACES Turner. With a quarterback, new season with no changes • Southern Miss quarter• Marshall linebacker running back and receiver in its lineup of teams for the back Nick Mullens. After Davon Durant. A top junior among nine returning offenfirst time since 2012. 4,476 yards passing and 38 college player who first went sive starters, they need to be The league has the same TDs last season, Mullens to Arizona State and got dis- even better. 13 teams that competed for could emerge as a top NFL missed there, Durant could be • Charlie Partridge, Florida the title last season, including West Division: Southern prospect as a senior. a key player for a defense that Atlantic. After consecutive 3defending champion Western Miss, the alma mater of Hall • WKU receiver Taywan lost seven starters. 9 seasons, the Owls have 15 Kentucky. of Fame quarterback Brett Taylor. A nice target for the • North Texas coach Seth returning starters from a team There will be at least one Favre, was the mostHilltoppers’ new quarterback Littrell. North Carolina’s that lost four games by a change in 2017 with UAB’s improved FBS team last sea- after 86 catches for 1,467 play-caller the past two seatouchdown or less. return after a two-season hia- son, six wins better at 9-5 yards and 17 TDs last season. sons hopes to have the same •Brad Lambert, Charlotte. tus, and who knows what while winning the West and • Florida Athletic defensive kind of spread-out, high-scor- There are 19 fifth-year senhappens if there is another going to its first bowl game end Trey Hendrickson. The 6- ing offense in his first head iors who came as freshmen national shift of teams. The since 2011. Coach Todd foot-4, 270-pounder, Ccoaching job. for the program’s inception in Big 12, a Power Five confer- Monken left for the NFL as USA’s sack leader, had more • Southern Miss coach Jay 2012, a year before the first ence headquartered just offensive coordinator in than one sack in five games. Hopson. Twice a Golden game. Could this be the last around the corner from the C- Tampa Bay, but USM’s • Louisiana Tech receiver Eagles assistant in the past, season as well for Lambert, USA office, is considering record-setting quarterback is Trent Taylor. Undersized at Hopson was Alcorn State’s 10-22 after a 2-10 FBS debut expansion of its 10-team back. Fourth-year Louisiana 5-8, he is big catching passes: coach the past four years. last year. league. Tech coach Skip Holtz (13-3 99 catches for 1,282 yards • UTSA coach Frank “We’re not blind to the fact in C-USA games the last two last year. Wilson. A first-time college PICKS that that’s kind of what has years) has created the kind of • Middle Tennessee quarcoach after six seasons as East: Middle Tennessee. been a hot topic the last cou- depth that could help the terback Brent Stockstill. The LSU’s recruiting coordinator. West: Southern Miss. ple of years ... and now it Bulldogs overcome the loss lefty completed two-thirds of League champion: looks like it’s going to pick of running back Kenneth his passes (4,005 yards, 30 ON THE HOT SEAT Middle Tennessee. back up,” WKU coach Jeff Brohm said. “If we take care of our business and try to be a contender every year in the league, eventually good things will happen, but we like exactly where we’re at right now.” Marshall coach Doc Holliday agrees, adding, “I’m not sure any of the other Group of Five is a better league than what we have right now.” Adults and Children C-USA had 12 teams from 2005-12, though some teams Mental Health/Emotional Issues changed during that span. Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities There were 14 teams in 2013 Substance Abuse • DUI Classes • 24/7 Crisis Services with a baker’s dozen in 2014, and again last year when FBS We participate with WV Free Care, Medicaid, Medicare and newcomer Charlotte came in Private Insurance. Free DUI Instructional classes to all as UAB temporarily shut qualifying WV residents. down its program. THE FAVORITES:  %RDUG &HUWLÀHG 3V\FKLDWULVWV East Division: With a Serving Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan Counties 5,000-yard passer last season, WKU averaged 50 points Call 304-263-8954 to make appointment without losing a C-USA game. The Hilltoppers return all five starting offensive linemen, a record-setting receiver and a 1,000-yard rusher, but quarterback Brandon Doughty was a seventh-round NFL Dr. Almashat Dr. Asghar Dr. Paracha Dr. Rizvi pick. WKU’s toughest league games are on the road, at the 235 S. Water Street • Martinsburg, West Virginia 25401

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among the candidates to step behind Ziemba. That might’ve been the biggest focus of camp. Ziemba, whose career completion percentage is 63 percent, threw for 3,414 yards and 30 touchdowns, with only five interceptions. His record as a starter since taking over around midseason of his redshirt freshman season is 26-4. Should Ziemba need relief for whatever reason, Shepherd has a very capable backup in Connor Jessop, who bailed out Shepherd when Ziemba left the the national semifinal with a shoulder injury. Shepherd’s corps of wide receivers is talented, although a little young, and led by the player Cater calls the “best ever” at the position, Billy Brown. Brown caught 89 passes for 1,492 and 10 touchdowns a year ago. Next in line was veteran Tony Squirewell with 49 receptions. Other returnees caught fewer than 10 passes. “We got some good, young receivers,” Cater said. Tyrell Hollingsworth and Wanya Allen will be among those receivers making an impact. Jamie Deason returns at tight end, bolstering a front line that is experienced and will be getting some players back. Lavonte Hights is the most-heralded of the linemen. Jake Kingston is the returning starter at center, while Levi Lloyd, Jaime Colon, Khalil Proctor and Will Smith each were starters along the line. Smith is returning from injury. The defensive line is just as veteran with Marshall Mundin, Elijah Norris, Myles Humphrey, Shaquille Melvin and D.J. Cornish among the veteran leaders. James Gupton and Octavius Thomas, both of whom missed some time injured last season, are standouts at linebacker. Cameron Reynolds and Jaylen Johnson are other veter-

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league’s top returning wide receiver in terms of catches per game in Mitchell Shegos. Grove led the league in FAIRMONT total offense (340 yards per The Fighting Falcons game), and Shegos averaged closed last season as one of seven receptions per game the hottest teams in the and 99 yards per game. MEC. They won four of Added to those skill playtheir last six games, losing ers is offensive freshman of only to Shepherd and the year D.J. Greene (1,132 Charleston, and have a veter- rushing yards) and a total of an team with 15 starters 11 starters. back, including nine of “There are certainly high defense. expectations for us,” Jacobs “We should have more said. “We’ve been pretty depth than we’ve ever had,” good on offense.” said Fairmont coach Jason Jake Chestnut leads a Woodman, beginning his defense that lost its top four fourth season. tacklers. Fabian Guerra ranked “Where we need to make third in the league with num- our most strides ... we need ber of catches per game to get better on special (6.2) and will still have teams,” Jacobs said. quarterback Cooper Hibbs Notre Dame is in its throwing to him. eighth year of football. First-team all-MEC players Marcus Porter, a lineWEST LIBERTY backer, and Jacob JeanThe success of the Charles, a cornerback, lead Hilltoppers will be predicatFairmont’s defense. ed on Dakota Conwell, a “Our goal is to get better double-threat quarterback. every day,” Woodman said. “Everything for us goes through Dakota,” West NOTRE DAME Liberty coach Roger Waialae The Falcons begin the sea- said. “He leads the whole son with their second new team, not only offense and head coach in as many seadefense. He gets everyone sons. going in the right direction.” Mike Jacobs’ transition to Anton McCallum leads a the position, though, is eased “good stable of receivers,” greatly by the presence of but tight end Daree Goodwin athletic dual-threat quarterhas departed. back Malik a Grove and the Waialae said West Liberty will use “a running back by committee.” All-league defensive lineman Darnell Vickers will be starting for a fourth year, while West Liberty’s secTHOSE FALL HOME IMPROVEMENT ondary will be bolstered PROJECTS WITH HELP FROM after an injury-riddled 2015. TED’S RENT-IT CENTER! Leading tackler Garrett Vulcano is back. “We’ve matured,” Waialae said. O

an linebackers. Gupton, who missed four games, ranked second on Shepherd in total tackles last season with 80. Thomas was third with 70. Shepherd, which had ranked first against the rush four seasons straight, fell from that pedestal last season, but the Rams were particularly strong in the postseason and put clamps on a pair of high-powered offenses in the playoffs. “We started to click at the end of the season,” Sullivan said. “We took (the playoffs) as a challenge. Billy (Brown) lied to us and said he knew a player on Slippery Rock and said they were going to run all over us.” Slippery Rock rushed for 67 yards on 33 carries after averaging 257 yards per game. Sullivan is a veteran at free safety, while C.J. Davis and Adam Coles, who moved into the starting lineup as a result of a seasonending injury, are key in the secondary. “We definitely got to defend the pass,” Cater said. Coles led the team with five interceptions a season ago, while Davis has earned AllAmerica honors in the past as a return specialist. Ruan Ventor and his big leg is back at punter. However, the Rams were trying to decide on a kicker after their top two graduated a season ago. “The kicking game will be important,” Cater said. Long snapper Nick Barmoy is back for his senior season, as well. Shepherd opens the season on Sept. 3 when it hosts West Virginia Wesleyan. The Rams head right back out for a critical Thursday night game at Charleston. Still, at least psychologically, much goes back to that final game on Dec. 19, the only one Shepherd lost. “We want to use that as motivation,” Sullivan said.

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Since Massachusetts moved to the Bowl Subdivision five years ago, the Minutemen have eight victories and 40 losses, have averaged less than the NCAA minimum attendance of 15,000 for their homes games and were essentially kicked out of a conference. Instead of giving up its major college football aspirations — as some on the Amherst campus would prefer — UMass is sticking it out and going it alone, becoming an FBS independent this season at a time when that has never been more challenging. Scheduling is harder. Bowls are tougher to access. Television exposure is more difficult to find. Revenue often has to come at the expense of wins. Even Notre Dame has given up some of its treasured independence for the stability of partial conference affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference. UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford knows having an independent football program is not a long-term solution. With the Big 12 looking at expansion, the trickle down could open up a spot in a conference for the Minutemen soon. Or not. Regardless, Bamford believes the lonely road is worth traveling to stay in college football’s top tier. “With a little bit of risk there’s great opportunity and great reward there,” Bamford said this spring. Faced with a similar stay-or-go choice, New Mexico State decided it will become an independent in 2018 after the Sun Belt Conference ends its football-only relationship with the school. Idaho, however, went the other way after being ousted by the Sun Belt and is prepared to head back to the Championship Subdivision after the 2017 season and join the Big Sky Conference, a natural geographic fit. Idaho athletic director Rob Spear said geography and finances were working against the Vandals, but the school could have made it work in the FBS with a conference home. “Independent, in my opinion, was not a good situation,” Spear said. For New Mexico State, geography and finances were reasons to stay in the FBS. Dropping down would have put rivalries with

New Mexico and UTEP, located only about 30 miles away from Las Cruces, New Mexico, in jeopardy. Also, being in the FCS would have put New Mexico State at a disadvantage against its rival state school in other areas, athletic director Mario Moccia said. “We benchmark ourselves against them on virtually everything. State funding comes into play. Competition for students comes into play,” he said. Plus, New Mexico State needs the millions it makes playing a couple of road games a year against Power Five teams to pay off debt and fund the athletic department. As an FCS school, those payouts would drop as much as 75 percent. In the 1980s, independence was common in major college football. Penn State, Miami, Florida State, Syracuse, South Carolina, West Virginia and Pitt were among the high-profile independent programs. As conferences became the power points in college football in the 1990s, negotiating television contracts and aligning with bowl games, schools flocked to them for security. The money didn’t hurt. Just three schools played as major college football independents last season: Notre Dame, Army and BYU, which is eager to join the Big 12. Notre Dame’s $15 million per year TV deal with NBC protects the Fighting Irish, but money can’t fix everything. When Notre Dame moved all its sports but football and hockey into the ACC, the deal also called for Notre Dame to play five games per season against ACC teams. It also gave the Irish access to ACC bowl games. UMass transitioned to the FBS in 2012 and went 2-22 in its first two seasons as a footballonly member of the Mid-American Conference. In 2014, the MAC invoked a clause in its contract with UMass that gave the school two years to either join the conference as a full member or leave. Most UMass teams compete in the Atlantic 10 and a full move to the Midwest-centric MAC made little sense. The FBS transition has gone so poorly that members of the UMass faculty senate in April pushed for a vote on a nonbinding motion to urge the university to return to the FCS or drop football altogether. The vote failed.

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year ago by going 5-5 in the league and 5-6 overall. Matt McKinnick returns at quarterback as the top passer in terms of yardage per game last season. He’ll be protected by four returning offensive line starters and also has top receiver Quinton Gray at his behest. “(We have) high expectations on offense, for sure,” coach Jon Anderson said. However, moving the football on the ground will be “by committee.” Dennis Gardeck returns at linebacker after an 11-sack season to rank second last year in the MEC. There also are three veteran starters up front in State’s 3-4 defense. The Yellow Jackets are deep in the secondary.

URBANA The Blue Knights finished second to Shepherd in the league’s rookie season, surprising many of the holdovers from the WVC, as they joined the alignment. Urbana has struggled in two seasons since. Urbana virtually ran out of quarterbacks last season, employing a wide receiver at one point. Second-year coach Tyler Haines feels comfortable about the position this season, but he knows wide receiver Trevon Saunders is key to Urbana’s offensive success. “We got to get the ball to him any way we can,” Haines WEST VIRGINIA said. WESLEYAN Safety Andre Cliff leads a Del Smith played at West defense that returns six Virginia Wesleyan and now he starters. gets to coach the Bobcats for the first time as what’s been a VIRGINIA-WISE recent coaching carousel startThe Cavaliers’ rise to ed up again. Division II in the MEC has His toughest task is trying been difficult. to improve a defense that Wise is starting anew with ranked last in virtually every first-year coach Dane Damron, statistical category. though a defensive unit with “We were 11th,” Smith nine returning starters should said, then adding for emphasis: be a good start. “That’s last.” Linebacker Zachary Blair, Four starters return in the who led the nation in tacklessecondary for a defense that for-loss, leads that defensive allowed 44 points per game unit. last season. “We know what we are,” Thousand-yard rusher Damron said. “We got a long Michael Anderson leads an way to go.” offense that is likely to split He said there is change of quarterbacking duties. One of emphasis from “just trying to the signal callers, Ryan Deal, field a football team” to develthrew 13 touchdown passes oping one. with just two interceptions. Damron expects “to play a “We’ve got a good nucleus lot of freshmen.”

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Joey Fisher played an integral part of the Blazer offense whenever he was on the field. Coming in at 254 pounds and standing at 6-foot-5, the running back led the way for the Blazers. He took his talents to Towson. The Blazers will be looking to fill Fisher’s position and replace several other key players, including running back Jared Barnes and quarterback Collin Whillhite. Clear Spring had just two other quarterbacks on the roster last season, and both were freshmen. Dylan McGill and Michael Myers could see time this season unless the Blazers find another athlete to fill the shoes. As far as the running game goes, the Blazers will likely turn to seniors Dorian King or Joe McCoy. McCoy saw some action last year, averaging 5 yards a carry. Both could try to fill Fisher’s shoes, but Clear Spring could have a lot of young bod-

Railroaders

Railroaders take the field with a very young team. The defense will also be looking to regroup this season. Brunswick is without tackles Noah Gift and Sean Duvall, who both stood close to 6 feet and around 200 pounds. In addition, Jones played an impressive cornerback for the

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Railroaders, while Murray doubled as an outside linebacker when needed. The highlight of the defense will likely be tackle Ricky Shontere. The junior is 6-0 and about 250 pounds. He’ll provide some much-needed size for Brunswick on defense. Having some experience with

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Rehman enters the season with knowledge of the position beyond his year and a great understanding of the offense coach John Root runs. What the Saints need from him is to step up and be a leader for the team as much in the mental game as he is in the physical aspect. Cole Menas and John Metchie are back for the receiving corps. Rehman threw for close to 2,000 yards as a freshmen and continued that through last season. Menas and Metchie both come in at over 6-foot tall and present big targets. Other options for Rehman are Ben

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ies taking the field, including junior running back Brennan Yeakle. Seniors Mitchell Tedrick and Cole Ison will likely be the goto guys when the Blazers decide to turn to the air for yards. A good bit of the defense graduated, leaving the Blazers looking to fill some holes. There are plenty of seniors who should be able to fill the roles. Several of last year’s juniors, including John Thacker, Elijah Bowens and Dalton Haupt, have experience on the line. Trey Hinkle, Cain Dunn and Darrin Eichelberger will likely join McCoy at linebacker. Those four have a decent amount of experience that should help the defense bounce back from graduation. Clear Spring opens the season against St. James before heading on the road for four games.

the team, Shontere could be thrust into a leadership role at a young age. Both sides of the ball will have to step up this season if the Railroaders hope to improve on last year’s 0-10 record. Brunswick was outscored 430-92, including being shut out three times.

Herrera and T.J. Quelet. They saw some time last season and have the skills to excel. It’s just finding the right way to use the sophomores and get them the experience they need. Defensively, the Saints are without Ethan Spicher, who was not only a leader on the field but a talented linebacker. Lukas Pank and Levi Schindel also graduated, leaving some holes in the Saint James defense. Juniors Metchie and Parker Tibble could be looked at to step up as leaders. The pair has experience on the field and the talent to lead by example. Timmy Awofiranye, Mike Kraeker, Steven

Opponents averaged 43 points a game, including Boonsboro scoring a season-high 63 points early in the season. Brunswick opens the season against St. John’s Catholic Prep, starting a three-game homestand before hitting the road to play Boonsboro for Game 4.

Schwartz and Will Knutsson will likely see plenty of time on the line as returners. An important role could fall on the shoulders of Dave Wardowski, the kicker, for the Saints. He can connect from about 45 yards out and with another year under his belt, the Saints will hope to turn to him when his number is called. Saint James opens the season on the road at Clear Spring before hosting St. John’s Catholic Prep at home. The Saints will play at Potomac School before a pair of home games. They close their seven-game season at Flint Hill and at home against Sidwell Friends.

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This year, the Panthers will look to build on that 6-4 record, but they’ll be looking to do so with some big losses again this year. Jared Hose spent last season at quarterback with running back Jake Reed as his go-to guy. Both have moved on, leaving a big gap in the Panther offense. Taking over for Reed will likely by Ean Mann, who has see valuable minutes in previous seasons. The senior has key experience at running back and should be over to come on as a leader on the field. The Panthers will likely look to him to help the younger guys out as the season begins. When Hancock looks to go to the passing game, receiver Devon McCarty probably will be the target. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound senior showed some talented hands last year, and with another year under his belt, McCarty should be a leading receiver on the team. Who will take over for Hose is a pressing question for Hancock. The only other QB listed on last year’s roster was now-sophomore Josh Golden. Golden knows the position but will have to adjust quick to the more competitive level if he’s going to take over for Hose. If he can learn to handle the pressure, Golden has the knowledge to be a valuable asset for the Panthers. A pair of juniors will likely be leaders on defense with Ethan Souders at linebacker and defensive back and Evan Watcher on the line. Both have decent size to help the Panthers, with Watcher at 511, 230 and Souders at 510, 175. The pair got plenty of experience last season to carry over this year. Some young faces are probably going to fill out the rest of the defense with several young guys from last year’s team coming back on the line. Hancock opens the season at Northern Garrett.


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to Allegany. The Warriors hope to have another successful season this year, but they’ll be doing it without one key piece of last year’s roster: Alex Wetzel. The tight end was the go-to guy for Boonsboro last season, trying his hand as several positions. He recorded 54 tackles, caught 20 of the Warriors’ 47 passes and managed 341 of the teams’ 825 receiving yards. He finished his senior season with 2,735 yards and 36 touchdowns. Boonsboro is also without running back Owen Glass, but the Warriors have a few skills players who hope to take over for last year’s successful pair. Stephen Smothers and Jack Krasny will likely be the guys for the Warriors when it comes to the air game. Smothers saw a few catches last season and can use that experience to become a leader of the team this season. As far as the running game goes, Keegan Bowles will likely fill that hole for the Warriors. Bowles saw some action as a jun-

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ior, but he has shown he definitely has the skills to be a key part of the offense. Brooks Keller will likely take over in the pocket for Devin Griffith. Keller fought for the position with Griffith last season, being used as backup. The senior has plenty of experience at the position, having started at quarterback at almost every level of play, including leading a solid JV team as a sophomore. Boonsboro has several wellsized linemen to take over for last year’s leaders. Nick Kidwell, who comes in at 6-foot-3 and 275 pounds, will likely play a huge role at tackle, while Ryan Nikirk, who is 5-11 and 225, definitely has the talent to supplement Kidwell’s talent. Senior Jared Tribbett has experience as an integral player last season, and he’ll come in as a veteran and be ready to lead . The Warriors kick off this season against Catoctin on Sept. 2. They’ll face plenty of tough teams this season, looking to build on last season’s success.

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play at the next level.” He worked with a new personal trainer over the summer “to get stronger and faster.” First, though, for the player who came to Shepherd from Newark, Delaware, there’s his senior season.

Tornado

There’s leading the Rams again after coming off Shepherd’s greatest season in school history. There’s trying to not throw any interceptions. In other words, there’s Jeff Ziemba being Jeff Ziemba.

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matter how many new kids we have or what the situation, is to play in the state championship game and win a state title,” Biser said. “We just have to look at that as the big goal, with the larger of goal of getting better every week. “With such a young team, we just have to improve every day. That’s been our motto at camp, ‘Leave today better than yesterday,’’’ he said. “I’m not putting expectations on them, no certain numbers of wins or anything. My expectation is for

them to come in and better with each day.”

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J.T. Barrett has the quarterback’s job all to himself, finally, and can hurt defenses in a variety of ways and redshirt freshman Mike Weber is ready to step in at running back. The receiving corps and offensive line are retooling. The strength of the defense is at linebacker, where Raekwon McMillan made a team-high 119 tackles. Michigan continues is rise under Jim Harbaugh, and the Wolverines are contenders to win the Big Ten and figure in the playoff picture if they can end their four-game losing skid to Ohio State. The offensive line and receivers are set. All the Wolverines need to do is settle on a quarterback. New defensive coordinator Don Brown inherits key pieces to what was one of the nation’s best units. Michigan State won the East and went to the playoff after ending Ohio State’s 30-game conference win streak in Columbus. The inclination would be to expect the Spartans to take a step back because of key departures on offense. Don’t count them out, though. The defense is loaded, and the Ohio State and Michigan games are at home. West Division Iowa turned into the darling of college football with its 12-0 regular season, and the Hawkeyes have the schedule and returning personnel to win the division again. Quarterback C.J. Beathard, most of the top running backs and several key receivers are back, and All-America cornerback Desmond King is among eight returning starters on defense. Nebraska had five losses by five points or less, but a bowl win over UCLA left the Cornhuskers with a positive vibe coming out of a 6-7 first season under Mike Riley. If the Huskers can split back-toback road games against Wisconsin and Ohio State, their Nov. 25 game at Iowa might decide the West. Northwestern returns workhorse running back Justin Jackson from a team that won 10 games despite averaging fewer than 20 points. Wisconsin gets running back Corey Clement back from injury, but

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Nov. 26 Charlotte, 7 p.m. UTAH Sep. 1 S. Utah, 8 p.m. Sep. 10 BYU, 7:30 p.m. Sep. 17 at San Jose St., 10:30 p.m. Sep. 23 Southern Cal, 9 p.m. Oct. 1 at California, TBA Oct. 8 Arizona, TBA Oct. 15 at Oregon St., TBA Oct. 22 at UCLA, TBA Oct. 29 Washington, TBA Nov. 10 at Arizona St., 9:30 p.m. Nov. 19 Oregon, TBA Nov. 26 at Colorado, TBA UTAH ST. Sep. 1 Weber St., 8 p.m. Sep. 10 at Southern Cal, 2 p.m. Sep. 16 Arkansas St., 9 p.m. Sep. 24 Air Force, TBA Oct. 1 at Boise St., TBA Oct. 8 at Colorado St., 10 p.m. Oct. 22 Fresno St., 10:30 p.m. Oct. 28 San Diego St., 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at Wyoming, TBA Nov. 12 New Mexico, TBA Nov. 19 at Nevada, TBA Nov. 26 at BYU, TBA VANDERBILT Sep. 1 South Carolina, 8 p.m. Sep. 10 Middle Tennessee, 4 p.m. Sep. 17 at Georgia Tech, 12:30 p.m. Sep. 24 at W. Kentucky, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 1 Florida, TBA Oct. 8 at Kentucky, TBA Oct. 15 at Georgia, TBA Oct. 22 Tennessee St., TBA Nov. 5 at Auburn, TBA Nov. 12 at Missouri, TBA Nov. 19 Mississippi, TBA Nov. 26 Tennessee, TBA VIRGINIA Sep. 3 Richmond, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 10 at Oregon, 10:30 p.m. Sep. 17 at UConn, 1:30 p.m. Sep. 24 Cent. Michigan, TBA Oct. 1 at Duke, TBA Oct. 15 Pittsburgh, TBA Oct. 22 North Carolina, TBA Oct. 29 Louisville, TBA Nov. 5 at Wake Forest, TBA Nov. 12 Miami, TBA Nov. 19 at Georgia Tech, TBA Nov. 26 at Virginia Tech, TBA VIRGINIA TECH Sep. 3 Liberty, 12:30 p.m. Sep. 10 at Tennessee, 8 p.m. Sep. 17 Boston College, 3:30 p.m.

Sep. 24 East Carolina, TBA Oct. 8 at North Carolina, TBA Oct. 15 at Syracuse, TBA Oct. 20 Miami, 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at Duke, TBA Nov. 12 Georgia Tech, TBA Nov. 19 at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 26 Virginia, TBA W. KENTUCKY Sep. 1 Rice, 8 p.m. Sep. 10 at Alabama, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 17 at Miami (Ohio), 3:30 p.m. Sep. 24 Vanderbilt, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 1 Houston Baptist, 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at Middle Tennessee, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 22 Old Dominion, 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at FAU, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 5 FIU, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 12 North Texas, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at Marshall, TBA W. MICHIGAN Sep. 3 at Northwestern, Noon Sep. 10 NC Central, 7 p.m. Sep. 17 at Illinois, 4 p.m. Sep. 24 Georgia Southern, TBA Oct. 1 at Cent. Michigan, TBA Oct. 8 N. Illinois, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Akron, TBA Oct. 22 E. Michigan, TBA Nov. 1 at Ball St., 8 p.m. Nov. 8 at Kent St., 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 Buffalo, TBA Nov. 25 Toledo, TBA WAKE FOREST Sep. 1 Tulane, 7 p.m. Sep. 10 at Duke, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 17 Delaware, 6:30 p.m. Sep. 24 at Indiana TBA Oct. 1 at NC State, TBA Oct. 8 Syracuse, TBA Oct. 15 at Florida St., TBA Oct. 29 Army, TBA Nov. 5 Virginia, TBA Nov. 12 at Louisville, TBA Nov. 19 Clemson, TBA Nov. 26 Boston College, TBA WASHINGTON Sep. 3 Rutgers, 2 p.m. Sep. 10 Idaho, 5 p.m. Sep. 17 Portland St., 8 p.m. Sep. 24 at Arizona, TBA Sep. 30 Stanford, 9 p.m. Oct. 8 at Oregon, TBA Oct. 22 Oregon St., TBA Oct. 29 at Utah, TBA

Nov. 5 at California, TBA Nov. 12 Southern Cal, TBA Nov. 19 Arizona St., TBA Nov. 25 at Washington St., 3:30 p.m. WASHINGTON ST. Sep. 3 E. Washington, 8 p.m. Sep. 10 at Boise St., 10:15 p.m. Sep. 17 Idaho, 2 p.m. Oct. 1 Oregon, TBA Oct. 8 at Stanford, TBA Oct. 15 UCLA, TBA Oct. 22 at Arizona St., TBA Oct. 29 at Oregon St., TBA Nov. 5 Arizona, TBA Nov. 12 California, TBA Nov. 19 at Colorado, TBA Nov. 25 Washington, 3:30 p.m. WEST VIRGINIA Sep. 3 Missouri, Noon Sep. 10 Youngstown St., 2 p.m. Sep. 24 BYU, TBA Oct. 1 Kansas St., TBA Oct. 15 at Texas Tech, TBA Oct. 22 TCU, TBA Oct. 29 at Oklahoma St., TBA Nov. 5 Kansas, TBA Nov. 12 at Texas, TBA Nov. 19 Oklahoma, TBA Nov. 26 at Iowa St., TBA Dec. 3 Baylor, TBA WISCONSIN Sep. 3 LSU, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 10 Akron, 32:30 p.m. Sep. 17 Georgia St., Noon Sep. 24 at Michigan St., TBA Oct. 1 at Michigan, TBA Oct. 15 Ohio St., 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at Iowa, TBA Oct. 29 Nebraska, 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at Northwestern, TBA Nov. 12 Illinois, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at Purdue, TBA Nov. 26 Minnesota, TBA WYOMING Sep. 3 N. Illinois, 10:30 p.m. Sep. 10 at Nebraska, Noon Sep. 17 UC Davis, 4 p.m. Sep. 23 at E. Michigan, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Colorado St., TBA Oct. 8 Air Force, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Nevada, TBA Oct. 29 Boise St., 7 p.m. Nov. 5 Utah St., TBA Nov. 12 at UNLV, 3 p.m. Nov. 19 San Diego St., 3:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at New Mexico, TBA

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