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at Riverside at Winfield Parkersburg at Huntington High Hurricane Woodrow Wilson at Capital George Washington at Spring Valley Brooke

Cabell Midland 2012 results

Cabell Midland 21, Spring Valley 13 Cabell Midland 49, Parkersburg 10 Cabell Midland 52, Riverside 19 Cabell Midland 28, South Charleston 13 Cabell Midland 14, Huntington High 13 Cabell Midland 70, Woodrow Wilson 34 Cabell Midland 63, Winfield 0 Cabell Midland 21, Capital 13 Cabell Midland 42, Princeton 7 Cabell Midland 31, Hurricane 13 Cabell Midland 52, Oak Hill 20 Cabell Midland 28, Spring Valley 26 Cabell Midland 35, Morgantown 28 Martinsburg 38, Cabell Midland 14

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Name Matt West Donte Hendricks Daniel Jarrell Josh Fults Brady Elkins Tyler Hayes Kasey Thomas Teran Barnitz Tanner Chapman Bobby Mitchell Caleb Farley Coy Pettit Josh Cox A.J. Riddle Jeff Racer Tyler Brown Trey Wommack Devin Stapleton Kameron Stapleton Sam Chittum Alex Childers Adam Stratton Tre Martin Brigham Warf Josh Ellis Jesse Myers Dustin Bouck P.J. Oxley Chris Camp Isaac Gibson Bradley Jeffrey Justin Leggett Chris Roberts Michael Molina Dakota Leavitt Will McCallister Tanner Mullins

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Pos. C LB TE DE DE LB C WT SG/C SG WT DE WG DE WG DT DE OLB DT P WG C DT ST WT ST DT DT DT C K/P K/P SE SE DE DT

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“The front is where we have to be the best at,” Salmons said. “I feel pretty good about the guys we have coming back.” The linebacker unit lost Nick Boone, but returns Josh Cox, a 6foot-3, 200-pound inside linebacker, and several outside linebackers in Brady Elkins, Bobby Mitchell, Justin Leggett and Kameron Stapleton. The secondary will be led by seniors Jeff Racer and Matt West, among others. Salmons praised kicker Sawyer Adkins, who has also shown lots of growth. “We had Meet the Knights and he was kicking 40 to 45 yard field goals, which is exciting for us,” Salmons said. Salmons didn’t offer any predictions, but said he’s excited with the talent he sees before him. “Are they the best right now? Absolutely not, but they have the potential to be really, really good,” he said.


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Vikings bring more experience into 2013 By DAVID WALSH The Herald-Dispatch

Symmes Valley

WILLOW WOOD, Ohio — Attention Symmes Valley opponents. The offensive line you’ll see on a weekly basis this fall will be unlike those who toiled in the trenches in previous years in one regard. “We’ve got some experience,” Vikings coach Rusty Webb said. “I feel like we’re more athletic up front than we’ve been in a while. We had a good winter. The size is there.” That means the option attack Symmes Valley runs out of the wishbone formation should be even more difficult for opponents to contain. “It’s the one thing we do,” Webb said of a ground game that piles up yards and controls the clock at the same time. “If teams come up (load the box), it’s in there.”

That means if a pass is there, the Vikings will take it. Kyle Vallance moved from the backfield to tight end to take advantage of his strength. Others at that position are Josh Hupp, Lane Wilson, Cameron Meadows and Curtis Lybrand. Tackles are veteran Jacob Easthom, Ben Ferguson, Hunter Nelson and Dakota Watson (who can play guard). Guards are Tyler Celeski and Tyler Dement. Jonah Graybeal, Travis Gates and Phillip Combs are the centers.

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This year the halfbacks will be young. Collin Webb and Brandon Craft are sophomores. Cory Thacker is a senior. Fullbacks are junior Dustin Holbrook, senior Tyler Rowe and freshman Jarod Sheppard. Junior Tanner Mays directs the attack at quarterback along with Rowe and freshman Payton Hayes. “We wanted to move Rowe to fullback last year,” Webb said. “In the offseason we were able to make the transition. He’s a powerful runner. Tanner executes the option well and he can throw. We’ve Webb got some youth back there, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t played.” On defense, the Vikings will feature a 4-4 look for the 18th straight year. Tackles are Easthom, Ferguson,

Celeski, Watson and Nelson. Ends are Holbrook, Rowe, Meadows, Lybrand and Gates. Inside linebackers include Phillip Combs, Dement, Graybeal and Sheppard. “They’ll all see time,” Webb said. Outside linebackers are Mays, Craft, Hayes and Levi Cade. In the secondary are Webb, Hupp, Vallance, Thacker and Wilson. Webb and Wilson will handle punts. Wilson will do place kicks and Ferguson will kick off. Symmes Valley finished 8-3 in 2012. The Vikings finished runner-up to Oak Hill in the Southern Ohio Conference Division I and made

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SPRING VALLEY — On paper, Spring Valley coach Brad Dingess has an unenviable task. Dingess is having to replace the two leading rushers in school history and also the leading tackler — and arguably best-ever player to come through the Timberwolves’ program. “Spring Valley could be a school for another 40

Location: Spring Valley Nickname: Timberwolves Classification: Class AAA Stadium: Wolves Den 2012 record: 8-4

or 50 years and I’m not sure we’ll ever see another like Elijah Wellman,” Dingess said. “The kids we’ve got coming back aren’t going to be him, but they

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Spring Valley 2012 results

Cabell Midland 21, Spring Valley 13 Huntington High 17, Spring Valley 0 Spring Valley 37, South Charleston 36 Spring Valley 41, Woodrow Wilson 12 Spring Valley 48, Greenbrier East 21 George Washington 42, Spring Valley 7 Spring Valley 35, Princeton 13 Spring Valley 55, Hurricane 27 Spring Valley 62, Nitro 7 Spring Valley 41, Winfield 7 Spring Valley 31, Wheeling Park 7 Cabell Midland 28, Spring Valley 26

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“They’ve played in big games before,” Dingess said. “Now, it’s just equating that to the offensive side.” The new stable of running backs includes tailbacks Colby Webb and Tyler Robertson, along with fullbacks Dylan Lageman and Chase Lucas. Jakob Frye will also see time. The ‘X’ receiver spot will see Brandon Ash and Trevor Maynard on the outside in passing situations. Quarterback Tyler Brown is also returning and will take on more of a leadership role after being able to learn the system while being aided by the seniors last season. “A lot of times, the quarterback has to be the leader on the offensive side of the ball and we didn’t ask him to do that last year,” Dingess said. “He just had to manage the game. He’s now more of our team leader on offense and everything we do will be circled around him — rushing, throwing the ball and everything.” The strength is up front where Class AAA all-state first team selection Trevor Stacy returns at right tackle. On the opposite side is Alex Locklear, who is a player that is getting as much attention as Stacy heading into 2013. Center Josh Hammer returns to the

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Name Eddie Mathis Logan Wilcox Bryer Brewer Tyler Brown Adam Page Ty Robertson Trevor Maynard Brandon Ash Tucker Watts Jacob Perdue Ryan Ekers Kyle O’Neal Chase Hardin Thomas Napier Logan Barnett Jakob Frye Cameron Lucas Colby Webb Dylan Lagaman Brent Runyon Austin Page Chad Hale Chase Lucas Joe Lucas Nick Whitmore

Pos. RB-CB WR-DB DB-UT QB RB-S RB-DB DB-WR_QB DB-WR QB-S WR SS-WR-QB P-WR-DB WR-LB LT-LB RB RB-LB LB-FB-G LB-RB TE-LB RB-LB LB-FB LB-FB LB-RB RB-DB TE-LB

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starting lineup while the guards will be Ricky Willis and Skyler Ratcliff. Kody Riggs will also be a crucial cog, backing up both tackle positions and the right guard spot. The tight ends will be Thomas Napier and Chandler Miilum. “They’ve gotten a little taller and they’ve shed a little weight, so the offensive front is moving around a little bit better out there,” Dingess said. “We’ve still got big kids, but they move pretty well. We might also get in some two-tight end sets and run one-back at times.” Defensively, the Timberwolves’ 3-4 scheme will incorporate Willis at rush end with Ratcliff backing him up while Stephen Jones and Hammer will split at the nose guard spot. Stacy will be the big tackle while Locklear will also see time. Replacing Wellman, the 2012 Huff Award winner as the state’s top defensive player, is crucial, but the Timberwolves have three of four back along the second level. Lageman moves from outside to the position vacated by Wellman while Chase Lucas is the other inside linebacker. On the outside, Webb and Frye will fill out the linebacking corps. Cam Lucas will also be called on to back up both spots. In the secondary, Robertson returns to free safety while Adam Page will line up at strong safety. The cornerbacks will be Brewer and Maynard Kyle O’Neal will assume the kicking duties.

Wt. 152 123 160 170 160 165 170 153 140 145 149 143 225 225 182 205 195 205 205 175 150 165 195 130 155

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Pos. TE-LB-H TE-DT DE G-LB FB-LB DE TE-DE LB-TE OL-DL G-DL LT-DL G-DL OL-DL G-LB-C RT-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DT OL-DL LT-DL C-DL C-DL OL TE-DE WR

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Symmes Valley schedule Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1

Reedsville Eastern at Southeastern Chesapeake Fisher Catholic at Southern Green Sciotoville Community at Oak Hill Notre Dame at Buffalo

Symmes Valley 2012 results Symmes Valley 28, Reedsville Eastern 13 Symmes Valley 67, Southeastern 32 Chesapeake 29, Symmes Valley 22 Symmes Valley 62, Manchester 6 Symmes Valley 62, Racine Southern 18 Symmes Valley 41, Green 6 Symmes Valley 56, Sciotoville Community 14 Oak Hill 28, Symmes Valley 14 Symmes Valley 26, Portsmouth Notre Dame 13 Symmes Valley 21, Buffalo 20 Bishop Rosecrans 26, Symmes Valley 3

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the Ohio Division VI playoffs. They lost in the first round. “Oak Hill’s the team until someone gets them,” Webb said. Symmes Valley has been to the playoffs four straight years. All that concerns Webb, though, is the opener Aug. 30 at home against Eastern. “Can’t worry about that,” Webb said of the playoff streak. “Our focus is week one. That’s the approach each week. If we do that, the (playoff) situation will take care of itself.” The Vikings used scrimmages against rival South Gallia and Rock Hill to make sure all is right before Aug. 30.

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Pos. TE-DB TE-DB TE-DB TE-DL RB-LB OL-DL RB-LB RB-DB RB-DB RB-DB RB-LB RB-DB RB-LB RB-DB RB-LB TE-DB RB-DL TE-LB OL-LB OL-LB OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-LB OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL Ol_DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL TE-DL TE-DB TE-DB

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WAYNE — Coming off a season in which his team went 14-0 and the defense allowed just one firstteam touchdown to the opposition, Wayne coach Tom Harmon is trying to get one point across to his players. None of the success of last year translates to the

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Wayne 2012 results

Wayne 58, Chesapeake 12 Wayne 46, Herbert Hoover 7 Wayne 84, Ravenswood 42 Wayne 42, Sissonville 0 Wayne 53, Mingo Central 14 Wayne 47, Scott 6 Wayne 49, Tolsia 6 Wayne 56, Poca 22 Wayne 55, Chapmanville 7 Wayne 45, Bluefield 14 Wayne 63, Clay County 24 Wayne 47, Nicholas County 0 Wayne 18, Robert C. Byrd 0 Wayne 35, Keyser 0

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Name Cody Stiltner Dustin Tomblin Mason Hodge Seth Napier Kyler Atkins Caleb Harless Bryan Robertson Kade Sebastian Nathan Spurlock Grant Ferguson Josh Smith Brody Lunsford Zach Rice Nate Adkins Kaden Brumfield Chandler Fry Cameron Wallace Marcus Webb Kurt Langdon Aurthur Mike Osburne Luke Cassidy Chris Darby Ben Thompson Jacob Maynard D. J. Wellman Steven Perry Taylor Maynard Logan Queen Tucker Watts Brayden Barker Brad Sharp Drew Stamper Matt Moore Josh Mitts T. J. Perry Hunter Farley Ryan Baumgardner Trevor Naiper

Pos. RB-DB RB-DB RB-LB RB-LB QB-DB SE-DB SE-DB RB-DB RB-LB QB-DB QB-LB RB-LB RB-LB QB-LB RB-DB RB-LB SE-DB SE-LB SE-DB SE-DB SE-DB RB-DB SE-DB SE-DB RB-DB RB-DL SE-LB RB-DL TE-LB SE-DB RB-LB SE-DB TE-LB RB-LB RB-DB TE-DL OL-DL OL-DL

Ht. 5-10 4-11 6-1 6-0 5-8 5-7 5-9 5-9 5-8 6-2 5-10 5-6 5-11 5-11 5-3 6-1 5-3 6-0 5-6 5-9 5-4 5-10 5-8 5-3 5-7 5-6 5-8 6-0 6-0 5-10 5-9 5-11 6-0 5-10 5-5 5-11 6-0 5-10

ing attack. And that’s just on offense. “The big thing about Mason is his flexibility,” Harmon said. “We could really put him on any position on the football field and not only could he physically do it, he could mentally do it. He understands the game and what needs to be done.” Quarterback Grant Ferguson and running back Nathan Spurlock both return after solid seasons. Ferguson threw for 18 touchdowns with only one interception and has shown that he can take the game into his hands when needed. “We talk about Mason a lot, but Grant is a special player,” Harmon said. “He’ll be a junior and as a 15year-old last year, he led a team to a 14-0 record, threw for a bunch of yards and I think he had 17 or 18 touchdown passes and one interception. That’s not bad for someone that was 15.” Spurlock is back after seeing extensive action as a backup running back in behind his older brother Brandon,

Wt. 180 110 235 170 135 163 135 150 170 180 164 150 160 186 95 192 108 175 150 130 113 140 145 105 145 235 165 200 190 155 195 160 220 145 115 145 225 235

Class So. Jr. Jr. So. So. Fr. So. So. Sr. Jr. Fr. Sr. Fr. Jr. Fr. Jr. Fr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Fr. Sr. So. Fr. Sr. Jr. Sr. So. Jr. Sr. Fr. Jr. Fr. So. Fr. Fr. Sr. Jr.

No. 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 78 79 80 83 84 86 87 88 90 95 98 99

Name Justin Crockett Casey Nelson Ty Adkins Allen Stevenson Curtis Followay John Adkins Shane Bryant Chris Brewer Brandon Mullett Ethan Perry J. C. Maynard Matt Queen Collin Kelley Corey Ferguson Matt Henderson Alex Elkins Dale Bryant Steven Williamson Tristen Nelson Jordan Clay Kyle Powers Joel Mullens Casey Bradshaw Corey Watts Nick Harmon Jacob Berry Larry Meddings Chase Thompson Kevin Dudding Tyler Perry Josh Frances Lonnie Napier Dominic Stepp Nathan Smith Colton Farley Tyler Maynard Casey Queen Damon VanHoose Ronald Bearce

who was a Kennedy Award candidate. Wayne’s success is built along the offensive line, and the team returns the interior of its offensive front with Curt Followay, Alex Elkins and Matt Queen returning. J.C. Maynard and Collin Kelley are moving into the fold after paying their dues while Ryan Baumgardner and Joe Mullins are also there to provide Harmon with several combinations. “They are going to have to toe the line, so to speak, when it comes to those tough games,” Harmon said. “You have to have guys who know what they are doing and play physical. We’ll have a pool of about seven or eight that we’ll be able to find our right combination. It may not be perfect at first, but we’ll try to get it to where at the end of the year, you are playing as good as you can.” Defensively, many of those same offensive linemen will be in the mix along the front of a Wayne defense, who returns after dominance in 2012. Hodge and Spurlock return as the

Pos. OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-LB OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-LB OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL TE-LB OL-DL OL-DL SE-DB SE-DB TE-DL SE-DB OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL

Ht. 6-1 5-10 5-11 5-10 6-4 6-0 5-11 6-4 5-7 5-11 6-0 6-4 6-1 5-8 6-1 6-4 6-2 5-11 5-10 5-10 5-7 6-1 6-1 6-1 6-2 5-11 5-11 6-0 5-11 5-11 5-11 5-8 5-10 5-9 6-0 5-5 6-0 5-9 5-9

Wt. 200 220 175 155 200 185 190 305 150 235 230 240 230 158 255 230 206 240 242 250 220 315 230 245 285 235 237 250 210 172 168 185 155 157 160 160 220 210 208

Class So. Sr. So. Fr. Sr. So. Fr. Fr. Jr. Fr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. So. Sr. Jr. Fr. So. Sr. Fr. Jr. Fresh Jr. Sr. So. Sr. Fr. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr.

inside linebackers. Seniors Brody Lunsford and Taylor Maynard get a chance to make their impact at outside linebacker. Hodge is a player who could be on several award lists at the end of the year, and Harmon said he has put in his time to earn such nominations. “He knows his role as a leader on the team is bigger and with that comes a responsibility to work,” Harmon said. “He’s a talented player and a guy that can change a game. Very rarely can you find one player that can directly affect the outcome of the game, but he’s a guy.” Ferguson will also be critical in the secondary as a free safety with other guys stepping into roles. “The time and energy they have to put into it is enormous, but it’s something where you take kids that people don’t know their name and they may not end up getting their opportunity until they are a senior,” Harmon said. “We’ll have a lot of those guys who will likely step into those roles this year.”


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Hurricane ready to build on 2012 season By DAVID WALSH The Herald-Dispatch

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HURRICANE — Hurricane High is out to build on what it started in 2012 under rookie head coach Jeremy Taylor. The Redskins posted a 6-4 record and made the West Virginia Class AAA playoffs. They have seven starters back on offense and defense from that team. Familiarity with Taylor and his systems had things running smoother when preseason camp began and he hopes that carries over into the fall. “I have a good staff and we’ve grown as a team,” Taylor said. “We’re way ahead of where we were at this point last year.” On offense, two Redskins to watch are quarterback Austin Hensley and all-purpose back Zach Pate. Both are seniors. Hensley, a three-year starter, has made great strides since his sophomore season. He threw for more than 2,200 yards and 21 touchdowns and made second team Class AAA all-state in 2012. The 2,200 yards are the most of any returning quarterback in Class AAA. “Don’t lose the game, try to win it,” Taylor said in assessing Hensley’s progress from year to year. When the Redskins break the huddle,

Hurricane

Location: Hurricane, W.Va. Nickname: Redskins Classification: Class AAA Stadium: Redskins Stadium 2012 record: 6-5

Pate could line up at any number of places. In addition, he returns punts and kickoffs. He was special mention all-state. “You’ll have to account for him,” Taylor said. “He got overlooked a bit last year. That won’t happen this year. He can hurt you in a lot of ways.” The multi-dimensional performer racked up more than 1,300 total yards and scored 13 TDs, not counting special teams last season. Receivers for the Redskins are Brandon Ford, Zack Fitzsimmons and Jeremy Francis. Ford played as a freshman, then sat out 2012. “He missed it,” Taylor said. Jon Francis is the fullback and plays corner on defense. He’s one of the few starters who goes both ways. Two big names not back are receiver Koi Turner, who has moved to Columbus, and running back Steven Handley, who turned 19 years old and is ineligible to play. Key players back up front are center Mitchell Fitzgerald and tackle Trey Johnson. Matt Spradling and Tyson Edwards

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are the guards and Chris Brown the other tackle. Alex Wolford is the tight end. Hensley put up big numbers in 2012, but Taylor knows one-dimension football won’t work. “There’s got to be a mix,” Taylor said. “Even though you’ve got a quarterback, you can’t throw it 60 times a game. Teams in West Virginia, it’s not like the past when they couldn’t cover the pass. You’ve got to run the ball. That’s how you win.” On defense, Brian Hughes and Tanner McCallister are the ends and Mike McCracken and Alec Cummings are the down Taylor linemen. Jon Francis is one linebacker along with Dylan Kimble, Bradley Hodges and Caperton Humphrey. Jeremy Francis is a defensive back, making him another two-way performer. Matt Cooper, Dylan Tinsley and Jesse Barker are also in the secondary. “We’re going to bring it,” Taylor said in explaining an aggressive style on defense. “If our guys can block us, they

can block anybody.” Taylor had 61 players in camp compared to 45 a year ago. “Our depth is good,” he said. “Guys learn one spot, but they get enough work to know another.” Hurricane will have scrimmages against Parkersburg South and Woodrow Wilson (Mountain State Athletic Conference Grid). The Redskins open the season Aug. 30 at home against Huntington High. Facing Mountain State Athletic Conference foes week after week isn’t easy. “It’s a tough conference,” Taylor said. “Huntington, Capital, George Washington, Cabell Midland and Spring Valley. “We play all five.” Taylor has a bit more bounce in his step now as he comes down from his office for practice compared to a year ago. “We were confused at times,” he said. “I’d come upstairs, close the door and not want to come out. It’s amazing how fast we picked things up. The kids like twoplatoon. Come Aug. 30, we’ve got to be able to run the ball. Even though we’re ahead now, you’ll never be where you want to be.”


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Huntington Nitro at Riverside Princeton at Cabell Midland at George Washington St. Albans Winfield at Capital at Spring Valley

No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 28 30 32 34 40

Hurricane 2012 results

Hurricane 44, Winfield 7 Hurricane 51, Nitro 21 Woodrow Wilson 35, Hurricane 34 George Washington 41, Hurricane 15 Hurricane 23, Capital 20 Hurricane 21, Ripley 0 Hurricane 44, Greenbrier East 20 Spring Valley 55, Hurricane 27 Hurricane 41, Logan 14 Cabell Midland 31, Hurricane 13 George Washington 35, Hurricane 10

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6-5 8-4 10-2 5-5 7-4 36-20

Name Steven Handley Jesse Barker Jared Zickafoose Alex Wolford Brandon Ford Austin McCoy Luke Browne Blake Stover Keaton Hendricks Matt Cooper Justin Taylor Austin Hensley Dylan Tinsley Bradley Haynes Alex Lucas Corey Hamrick Jacob Hendricks Jacob Evans Jeremy Francis Josh Petry Braden Stewart Zach Pate Bailey Rose Caperton Humphrey Zack Fitzsimmons James Kuehn Jon Francis Justin Grant Dylan Kimble Jaret Brown Nick Kirby

Pos. RB-DB WR-DB WR-DB TE-DE WR-DB WR-DB QB-DB QB-DB WR-DB WR-DB DE QB-DB QB-DB WR-DB RB DB WR WR WR-DB WR-DB WR RB-DB RB RB-DB WR-DB DB RB-LB LB RB-LB WR DB

Ht. 6-0 6-1 5-9 6-3 6-0 6-0 5-7 6-2 5-9 5-9 5-11 6-2 6-1 6-0 5-9 5-2 6-0 5-9 5-11 5-9 5-9 5-8 5-8 6-0 6-2 5-9 5-11 5-10 5-10 6-1 5-11

Wt. 153 204 150 187 156 160 147 188 126 150 150 187 159 183 153 97 161 170 170 145 137 173 171 180 172 159 175 157 185 142 152

Cl. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. So. Jr. So. So. Jr. So. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. So. So. Jr. Sr. Jr. So. Sr. So. So. Sr. Jr. Sr. So. Jr. So. Sr.

No. 41 42 43 44 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 64 66 67 68 70 71 73 76 77 83 84 85 86 87 89

Name Brandon Johnson Conner Mynes William Rhodes Colton Donathan Bradley Hodges Austin Ballard Jacob Stiltner Tyson Edwards Trey Johnson Alec Cummings Chase Ross Mitchell Fitzgerald Kaleb Toler Mike McCracken Lawrence Roberts Conner Cunningham Colton O’Brien Dakota Carr Spencer Turley Alec Hayes Matt Spradling Donald Finley Mitchell Daniels Chris Brown Caleb Doak Andrew Mobley Davin Maynard Tanner McCallister Mitchell Myers Brian Hughes Henry Sorsaia

Pos. WR DE LB DE OL-LB OL-LB OL-DL OL-DE OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DE OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL_DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL WR-DE DE WR-DB DE TE-DE WR

Ht. 5-9 6-0 5-10 5-10 6-0 5-10 5-11 6-2 6-1 6-3 6-0 5-10 5-10 5-9 5-7 5-3 6-2 5-10 6-4 6-1 5-11 6-6 6-3 6-0 6-1 5-10 6-0 6-4 6-3 6-2 6-5

Wt. 146 157 188 177 190 208 208 226 276 336 205 297 180 233 260 130 233 220 347 215 255 302 290 226 300 153 148 194 162 187 210

Cl. So. So. Sr. So. Jr. So. So. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. So. Jr. Sr. Jr. So. Jr. Jr. Jr. So. Jr. So. Jr. So. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr.

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Generals look to turn the corner in 2013 By BEN FIELDS

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WINFIELD — In 2012, Craig Snyder had a singular goal in his first year as head coach of the Winfield Generals: change the image of the program. Snyder wanted to get his program removed from the list that other teams could check off as a sure win on their schedule. He wanted the Generals to make other teams work to earn a tick in the win column. In terms of wins and losses, Winfield was the same in 2012 as the previous season, finishing 4-6. As far as changing the culture of the program, the mission was partly accomplished. Winfield was tougher to beat, aside from a 63-0 loss to state Class AAA runner-up Cabell Midland and a 41-7 loss to Spring Valley on Senior Night. “Don’t forget to throw Hurricane in there. They manhandled us pretty good,” Snyder said with a dry chuckle.

Winfield

Location: Winfield, W.Va. Nickname: Generals Classification: Class AAA Stadium: Generals Stadium 2012 record: 4-6

“Last year, we didn’t want to be anyone’s easy out, and we still were for some teams. “The teams that were really tough up front beat us up. Some of that is just physical matchups, some of it is personality and some of it is still an image thing.” Still, it seems the culture surrounding the Generals program is coming about. Last year Snyder had about 50 players to work with. This year he has 74. Out of those, 27 are freshmen. “We’re still a bit bottom-heavy when it comes to experience,” he said. “But having 27 freshmen excites me a lot.

I’m hoping to eventually plateau with 80 to 90 kids.” Many younger players will be pressed into action in the 2013 season. Veteran quarterback Toby Show returns, along with a deep rotation of experienced wide receivers. The obvious hole is at running back, as leading rusher Seth Lewis graduated in the spring. Before departing, he made a statement for himself Snyder and the Winfield program when he broke off an 11-yard touchdown run for the South in the annual West Virginia North-South All-Star Classic. The expected choice to step into Lewis’ place was Colt Richardson. But Richardson, who was coming off a knee injury from 2012, has taken a bit longer to recover than expected, Snyder said. “As of right now, it’s not going to

be him,” the coach said. “He’s someone who can maybe come along later in the season and contribute to the team.” The candidates to lead the Generals’ backfield include Lewis’ younger brother, Jacob Lewis, a 5-foot-6, 150 pound sophomore scat back, Ethan Copeland, a more straightahead runner, and sophomore Isaac Withrow. “I think what you can gather from what I’m saying is that it will be by committee,” Snyder said. “(Copeland) runs like Seth Lewis, but he doesn’t run with the same confidence and understanding that Seth did. Once he has that, he’ll be better than Seth. “We’re going to throw the ball a lot and we have a lot of options on offense, but you have to look at the offensive line. We have to be more consistent there.”

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Hornets to focus on punishing ground game By DAVID WALSH The Herald-Dispatch

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COAL GROVE, Ohio — Coal Grove’s trademark on offense is a punishing ground game. Coach Dave Lucas expects that trend to continue in 2013 even though the cast of carriers has undergone a makeover. In name only. “We have some speed. We’ve got kids who ran as much as the kids who left,” Lucas said. Quarterback Alex Bare, backs Greg Bender and Brandon Hogsten and receiver Bryan Steele moved on after helping the Hornets to a 6-4 record and spot in the Ohio Division V playoffs a year ago. The players who gave them a break are now ready for full-time work. Isaiah Gunther, Austin Ruggles, Jacob Clark, D.J. Miller (transfer from Symmes Valley) and Daniel Rutherford are the tailbacks. “They all can run,” Lucas said.

Coal Grove

Location: Coal Grove, Ohio Nickname: Hornets Classification: Division V, Region 19 Stadium: Patterson Field 2012 record: 6-4

Fullbacks are Tanner Murphy, Sid Tucker and Tanner Henry. “I’m not surprised at his play,” Lucas said of Henry, a freshman. Jesse Rigsby is No. 1 at quarterback with Travis Carey and Maty Cordle behind him. Nearly all the backs are underclassmen. “Rigsby’s got experience,” Lucas said, noting he took over for Bare many times a year ago when games got out of hand. “He’s athletic. He can throw and run.” Rigsby is 6-foot-1, Carey goes 62 and Lucas said they benefit from being on the tall side. Wingbacks are Sidney Tucker, Mason Nance and Sean Paulus. At

wide receiver are Mason Nance, Conor Markins, Paulus, Clark and Rutherford. Gunther can line up there along with Joe Akers. Tight ends include Akers, Markins, Isaac Fields and Greg Carter. Up front, centers are Jacob Pierce, Dakota Willis and Ray Brubaker. Austen Pleasants is one guard. Tackles are Ike Pennington, Ryan Stephens, Zack ShanLucas non, Brubaker and Brad Roach. “We’re a lot more versatile,” Lucas said, noting the offense can feature a tight look as well as spread the field. “We’ll still line up and go at people, but we have to use the field some. The kids like to throw and catch. I’m glad we’ve got options.” On defense, the Hornets will utilize a 5-3 look. Willis and David Abrams are middle guards. Tackles are Pleasants,

Logan Berry, Pennington, Stephens and Roach. Ends include Jeff Smith, Pierce, Tucker, James Baker and Roach. Linebackers are Ruggles, Murphy, Tucker, Clark, Rutherford, Carter and Henry. The secondary has Gunther, Markins, Paulus, Miller, Clark, Ranze Large and Carey. “We’ve got kids who’ve played, depth and balance, size and speed,” Lucas said. Markins is the punter. The Hornets are unsettled on a placekicker. In preseason, Coal Grove had a scrimmage against Vinton County and met South Point in the finale in the Ohio Valley Conference preview at home. The Hornets had their jamboree game at home against Ironton. “You see what kids will perform and work to get better,” Lucas said.

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Wheelersburg leads southern ohio teams By BEN FIELDS

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WHEELERSBURG, Ohio — A series of close shaves saw Wheelersburg finish 8-3 in 2012, losing in the first round of the Division V playoffs to Baltimore Liberty Union, 24-13. The Pirates came close to knocking off Ironton in the traditional season opener between the two schools, falling 32-27. Wheelersburg moved the ball at a good clip as quarterback Eddie Miller commanded the Pirates’ spread, zoneread option offense, finishing as the team’s passing and rushing leader. Miller returns as a senior for the 2013 season, and will lead his team into Tanks Memorial Stadium on Aug. 30 for a final shot at Ironton.

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against Lucasville Valley, it will be the first time in more than three decades that Curt Clifford isn’t pacing the sideline for the Trojans. After compiling a 7-23 record over the past three seasons, bottoming out with a 1-9 finish in 2012, Clifford was replaced by Jason Sparks. Sparks, a former defensive tackle

for Morehead State University, spent the past three seasons as defensive coordinator for Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, N.C. Sparks takes over a program steeped in tradition but mired in a losing culture over the past few seasons. A bright spot for the Trojans is that the team is fairly young, but should also feature a good deal of upperclassmen leadership in 2013. Last year’s squad had six seniors and 11 juniors. The Trojans lose 2012 leading rusher Austin Charles, but return starting quarterback Brandon Wedebrook.

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GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — The Blue Devils will look to build on momentum from last season. After finishing 6-4 and missing the playoffs in 2011, Gallipolis put a

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OAK HILL, Ohio — The Oaks made a serious program turnaround in 2012, going from 2-8 from the previous year to a 9-3 finish. Last season saw a Division V playoff victory against Jeromesville Hillsdale before Oak Hill bowed out in the second round in a narrow loss to Baltimore Liberty Union, 22-21.

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POrTSmOuTH Aug. 30, Lucasville Valley Sept. 13, Wheelersburg Sept. 21, Minford Sept. 27, at Ironton Oct. 4, at Logan Oct. 11, Gallipolis Oct. 18, at Jackson Oct. 25, at Warren Nov. 1, Chillicothe GALLiPOLiS Aug. 30, Athens Sept. 6, Rock Hill Sept. 13, Fairland Sept. 20, Marietta Sept. 27, at Vinton County Oct. 4, at Belfry (Ky.) Oct. 11, at Portsmouth Oct. 18, Warren Oct. 25, Logan Nov. 1, at Jackson OAk HiLL Aug. 30, at Chesapeake Sept. 6, Alexander Sept. 13, Rock Hill Sept. 20, at Wellston Sept. 27, Minford

Winfield schedule Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8

Oct. 4, Sciotoville Community Oct. 12, at Portsmouth Notre Dame Oct. 18, Symmes Valley Oct. 25, at Ironton Nov. 1, Green WHeeLerSburG Aug. 30, at Ironton Sept. 6, Coal Grove Sept. 13, at Portsmouth Sept. 20, Fairland Sept. 27, at Jackson Oct. 4, at Northwest Oct. 11, Waverly Oct. 18, at Minford Oct. 25, Lucasville Valley Nov. 1, Portsmouth West GreeN Aug. 30, at Manchester Sept. 6, at Millersport Sept. 13, Sciotoville Community Sept. 21, at Jefferson Township Sept. 27, Northwest Oct. 4, at Symmes Valley Oct. 11, Waterfield

Woodrow Wilson Cabell Midland Ripley at Point Pleasant at Spring Valley Nitro at South Charleston at Hurricane at St. Albans Huntington

Winfield 2012 results

Hurricane 44, Winfield 7 Winfield 20, Ripley 14 Huntington High 21, Winfield 3 Winfield 27, Riverside 21 Point Pleasant 18, Winfield 13 Logan 38, Winfield 28 Cabell Midland 63, Winfield 0 Winfield 35, Nitro 14 Winfield 34, St. Albans 25 Spring Valley 41, Winfield 7

Last 5 years 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 TOTAL

4-6 4-6 3-7 3-7 4-6 18-32

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Oct. 18, Portsmouth Notre Dame Oct. 25, at Sciotoville Community Nov. 1, at Oak Hill SOuTH GALLiA Aug. 30, at Sciotoville Community Sept. 6, Southern Sept. 13, at Trimble Sept. 20, at Miller Sept. 27, Eastern Oct. 4, Federal Hocking Oct. 11, at Belpre Oct. 18, Wahama (W.Va.) Oct. 25, at Waterford Nov. 1, Van (W.Va.) river vALLey Aug. 30, Southern Sept. 6, Adena Sept. 13, at Meigs Sept. 20, at NelsonvilleYork Sept. 27, Alexander Oct. 4, Chesapeake Oct. 11, Coal Grove Oct. 18, at Rock Hill Oct. 25, at South Point Nov. 1, at Fairland

ASHLAND Aug. 23, at Newport Central Catholic Aug. 30, Raceland Sept. 6, George Washington (W.Va.) Sept. 13, at Russell Sept. 20, Ironton Sept. 27, at Rowan County Oct. 4, at Boyd County Oct. 11, at Sheldon Clark Oct. 18, Greenup County Oct. 25, Johnson Central bOyD COuNTy Aug. 23, at Lawrence County Aug. 30, at Mason County Sept. 6, Raceland Sept. 13, at South Point (Ohio) Sept. 20, Russell Sept. 27, at Johnson Central Oct. 4, Ashland Oct. 11, Rowan County Oct. 25, at Greenup County Nov. 1, Tolsia, W.Va.

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Name Nate Smith Jacob Lewis Brent Price Dillon Walker Toby Show Jake Lemmerman Chris Turner Chris Farha Alex Amick Clayton Lightner Jimmy Clark John Hathaway Cameron Parsons Bryce Boggs Dylan Marcum Will Simmons Nick Funk Ben Hinkle Josh Marinaro Ethan Copeland Isaac Withrow Luke Oshel Connor Hinkle Colt Richardson Dakota Childers Colton Griffith Jacob Thompson Brent Wilkinson Trystan Willard Ryan Daly Hunter Paul Austin Roberts Brandon Sterling Jacob Harper Lee Helmick Trenten Schubert Blaine Young

Pos. Ht. QB-DB 5-8 RB-DB 5-6 WR-DB 5-9 WR-DB 5-6 QB-DB 6-3 WR-DB 5-8 TE-DE 6-3 WR-DB 5-10 QB-DB 6-1 RB-LB 5-10 WR-DB 5-9 WR-DB 6-1 WR-DB 6-2 K-P 5-9 RB-DB 5-8 K 5-10 WR-DB 6-2 WR-DB 5-9 WR-DB 5-8 RB-LB 5-10 RB-LB 5-11 QB-DB 5-7 WR-DB 5-3 RB-DB 5-10 WR-DB 5-8 WR-DB 5-10 RB-LB 5-10 RB-DB 5-9 WR-DB 5-8 WR-DB 5-9 WR-LB 5-11 OL-LB 5-8 WR-DB 5-10 WR-DB 5-4 RB-LB 5-5 WR-DB 6-1 RB-DB 6-1

Wt. 160 160 145 160 185 150 215 150 180 190 170 175 170 150 160 140 170 185 155 205 205 130 120 200 127 145 200 150 140 140 175 160 147 114 160 150 155

Cl. So. So. So. So. Sr. Sr. Sr. Fr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. So. Jr. Jr. So. Jr. Jr. So. So. So. Fr. Fr. Sr. Fr. Jr. So. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr.

No. 46 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 70 71 72 73 75 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 87 88 89

Name Tanner Kennedy Russ Akers Gabe McGinnis Trevor Dolan Kevin Ton Michael Spurlock Jesse Somerville Zach Namey Chandler Dickson Jordan Clark Brady White Chase Rosenhagen Thomas Minnear Steven Monroe Chase Six Dylan Arkell Chris Shingleton Taylor Shaffer Frankie Delapas Matt Richardson Dakota Null Nick Hunt Grant Grafton Marty Watts Brent Chapman Brayden Hughes Jeffrey Holbert Tyler Hill Griffin Lavender Gavin McMaster Jordan Lester Jacob Reed Cole Shell Jeremy Wikel Joe Heskett Brandon Rose

LAWreNCe COuNTy Aug. 23, Boyd County Aug. 30, at Rowan County Sept. 6, Fairview Sept. 13, Breathitt County Sept. 20, East Carter Sept. 27, at Raceland Oct. 4, Sheldon Clark Oct. 11, at Pike County Central Oct. 18, at Belfry Nov. 1, at Prestonsburg rACeLAND Aug. 24, East Carter Aug. 30, at Ashland Sept. 7, at Boyd County Sept. 13, Greenup County Sept. 20, at Coal Grove (Ohio) Sept. 27, Lawrence County Oct. 11, at Nicholas County Oct. 18, Fairview Oct. 25, at Paintsville Nov. 1, Ironton

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Oct. 4, at Rowan County Oct. 11, Johnson Central Oct. 18, at Ashland Oct. 25, Boyd County Nov. 1, East Carter

Pos. WR-DB OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-LB OL-LB OL-LB OL-LB OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL WR-DB TE-S WR-DB WR-DB QB-DB WR-DB WR-DB WR-DB WR-DB

Ht. 5-5 6-3 6-1 5-10 5-5 6-1 5-11 6-2 6-2 5-11 5-9 5-11 5-9 6-2 5-10 5-7 6-1 6-1 5-8 5-10 5-11 6-2 6-3 5-10 6-0 5-10 5-8 5-9 6-1 6-1 5-10 5-8 5-11 5-7 5-8 5-6

Wt. 120 190 200 200 200 250 200 225 225 200 225 240 180 195 185 183 200 185 220 250 310 225 290 235 250 226 183 160 190 170 135 156 152 140 140 150

Cl. Fr. Jr. Fr. So. Sr. So. Sr. Jr. So. Sr. Jr. So. Fr. Sr. So. Fr. Jr. Jr. Fr. Fr. Jr. Sr. So. Fr. Jr. Fr. Fr. Jr. Sr. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. So. Jr. Fr.

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This year the goal for Winfield has shifted from image to results. “The goal is a winning record and to make the playoffs,” Snyder said. “And we know, with our schedule, if we have a winning record, we’re going to make the playoffs. We want to take that next step.” The Generals do have a brutal schedule in 2013, and will be tested right away. Winfield opens with back to back home games against Woodrow Wilson and Cabell Midland. After a Sept. 13 matchup with Ripley, the Generals get a bye week before traveling to Point Pleasant. In October, Winfield plays at Spring Valley, at South Charleston and at Hurricane. “You look at our schedule, and you find the weak part for me,” Snyder said. “You find the game that’s a break.” Winfield has five state championships in program history, though the most recent came in 1987 when the Generals were still a Class AA team.


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Meigs at Wheelersburg Lucasville Valley Raceland (Ky.) at Waverly at Rock Hill at River Valley Fairland Chesapeake at South Point

Coal Grove 2012 Results

Coal Grove 24, Meigs 8 Wheelersburg 28, Coal Grove 22 Lucasville Valley 34, Coal Grove 18 Bishop Ready 72, Coal Grove 20 Coal Grove 62, Rock Hill 7 Coal Grove 56, River Valley 14 Coal Grove 28, Fairland 8 Coal Grove 46, Chesapeake 14 Coal Grove 54, South Point 10 Lucasville Valley 41, Coal Grove 16

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The Oaks only regular season losses in 2012 came in three overtimes to Minford, 20-19, and to powerhouse Ironton, 28-0. Oak Hill will open Aug. 30 at Chesapeake, and has a chance to avenge the Minford loss when the Oaks host the Falcons on Sept. 27.

Green

FRANKLIN FURNACE, Ohio — The Bobcats will look to improve in 2013 after two consecutive 3-10 seasons. Always at a disadvantage in sheer numbers, Green dressed 19 players in 2012, six of whom were seniors. The Bobcats got off to a promising start last season with blowout wins over Manchester and Millersport, the same two teams Green will begin the 2013 season facing, but Dan McDavid’s squad wasn’t able to manufacture much after that. Green will face a tough Sciotoville Community squad twice in the coming season.

South Gallia

CROWN CITY, Ohio — The Rebels

coal grove 2013 roSter No.

Name

Cl.

No.

Name

Cl.

1

Travis Carey

So.

50

Zack Shannon

Sr.

3

Mason Nance

Sr.

51

Ray Brubaker

So.

4

Dylan Malone

Fr.

52

Jacob Pierce

Jr.

5

Isaac Fields

Jr.

53

Curtis McKnight

7

Cole Gannon

Fr.

54

Jeff Smith

Jr.

8

Isaiah Gunther

Jr.

55

Eli Willis

Fr.

9

Jesse Rigsby

Jr.

56

David Abrams

Jr.

10

Maty Cordle

Fr.

59

Chase Johnson

Fr.

12

Sean Paulus

Jr.

60

Austin Bronson

Fr.

14

Ian McFarland

Sr.

61

Ike Pennington

Jr.

19

Daniel Rutherford

Fr.

62

Seth Willis

Sr.

20

Greg Carter

So.

64

James Baker

Fr.

21

Sidney Tucker

So.

65

Aaron Mulkey

So.

22

Ranze Large

So.

67

Ryan Stephens

So.

23

Jake Myers

Jr.

70

Austen Pleasants

24

D.J. Miller

Sr.

72

Josh Cecil

27

Nathan Harrison

Fr.

73

Logan Berry

Sr.

28

Jacob Clark

Fr.

74

Dakota Willis

Sr.

30

Joe Akers

Jr.

75

Brad Roach

Fr.

32

Conor Markins

Sr.

77

Aaron Sterling

So.

33

Tanner Henry

Fr.

79

Zach Watson

So.

34

Alec Berry

Fr.

81

Thomas Ghee

Jr.

35

Austin Ruggles

Jr.

84

Jacob Pierce

Jr.

40

Tanner Murphy

Jr.

99

Josh Pierce

So.

have been something of an enigma in recent years. After putting together a 6-5 season in 2005, followed by an 8-3 campaign in 2006, South Gallia suffered four straight losing seasons, before turning things around in 2011, when the team finished 7-4. But 2012 saw a sharp dip as the Rebels managed only two wins. The Rebels will have a test right off the bat in 2013, as they open Aug. 30 at Sciotoville Community. South Gallia will also host West Virginia 2012 Class A state champion Wahama on Oct. 18.

River Valley

BIDWELL, Ohio — The Raiders are coming off back to back 2-8 seasons as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference. But, when you figure in that River Valley finished 1-9 five times in the six seasons preceding 2011, the recent results are at least something of an improvement. River Valley seems set up to take plenty of lumps in 2013, with a schedule that features OVC stalwarts Coal Grove, Chesapeake and Fairland, along with matchups against Adena and at Meigs.

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Once again, Coal Grove has a difficult non-league schedule. The Hornets open at home against Meigs (coached by former Marshall University and NFL long snapper Mike Bartrum) and also meet Lucasville Valley and Raceland at home. They visit Wheelersburg and Waverly. “We’re back to where we were when I left,” Lucas said. “If you’re going to be competitive and make the playoffs, you’ve got to play teams like that.” In the OVC, Coal Grove is favored to repeat and that’s OK with Lucas. Fairland has a new coach in Cullen Homolka and Chesapeake has a new stadium with artificial turf. “Based on the number of kids back,” Lucas said in explaining why the Hornets are the OVC favorite. “I’ve coached long enough, though, to know anything can happen. It’s one week at a time.”

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Tomcats look for 12th title in Bluegrass State By BEN FIELDS

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ASHLAND — The Ashland Tomcats lost their Hart, but they’re hoping Love will be the answer. Veteran head football coach Leon Hart retired after the end of the 2012 season. His replacement is Tony Love, who has been on the Tomcats sideline as an assistant for two decades under four different coaches, most recently as Hart’s defensive coordinator. “It feels great,” Love said of taking the top job. “It’s stressful, it’s busy, but I feel like I’m part of a special fraternity. When you look at the tradition and history of the coaches who have come through here, to be part of that group, it’s special.” The Tomcats have 11 state titles in the program’s storied history. Last season Ashland finished 9-3, falling in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs, 52-13, to eventual state champion Highlands. The team has perhaps one of the best tailbacks in the region, if not the state, returning in sophomore Quentin Baker. Hart had intended to use Baker as a change-of-pace back last season, but injuries forced the freshman into a starting role, and he responded. Baker racked up 932 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns in nine games for Ashland in 2012 before suffering a foot injury early in a contest with perennial Class AAA power Belfry, a game the Tomcats went on to win. The blow came a week after a 206-yard, three-touchdown performance in a 56-16 dusting of rival Boyd County. Baker did not play in the final two games of the season, including a 22-21 overtime loss to conference foe Johnson Central. The tailback was also not on the field for the team’s two playoff games. Love said Baker is back in better condition for the 2013 campaign. “He’s improved a lot in the weight room; that was something that I don’t think he really hit that hard before, and that’s just because he was young,” Love said. “You don’t expect a freshman to do what he did. He set the bar pretty high. I think the sky is the limit for him, but we have to be good on the offensive line in front of him. You’re only as good as the guys around you.” The Tomcats were expecting to have senior quarterback Aaron Elam under center, but Elam left the team to focus

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more on baseball. So the responsibility under center falls to junior Hunter Prince. “He’s a guy that’s worked extremely hard in the off season,” Love said. “He had put us in the position that, if (Elam) had been back, I think we’d have a good competition going on for the starting spot.” On defense, the Tomcats will look to replace a literally huge presence in Cade O’Bryan, who was selected to the all-state team as a senior in 2012. O’Bryan not only racked up sacks and tackles, but scored three touchdowns on fumble recoveries last season. “I don’t think you can just replace that kind of output,” Love said. “All you can do is get the next guys in line ready to do things better than they have before. Playmakers are just that. It’s not something you can teach, it’s something that just happens. All we can do is teach the kids how to play.” Ashland’s schedule includes a budding rivalry with West Virginia powerhouse George Washington — the Tomcats upset the Patriots 21-14 in Charleston last year — the annual tilt with Ohio power Ironton, and scraps with local rivals Russell and Raceland. The Tomcats dropped Belfry from the schedule and picked up Newport Central Catholic. “The teams we play, I think that kind of lends itself to our success,” Love said. “We play good teams, and you find out what you’re made of, that’s for sure.”

Fairview

ASHLAND — The Class A Fairview Eagles have only lost two games over the past two seasons. Unfortunately, both of those losses have ended their season. The Eagles finished 12-1 in 2011, falling in the third round of the playoffs to Pikeville, and last year went 14-1 in a season that saw Fairview make its way to the state semifinals and state final for the first time in program history. Fairview lost the state title match with

Mayfield, 55-8. But after two seasons of dominating the competition, expectations are high again in the tight-knight Fairview fan base. “I’d rather have high expectations than be in the opposite situation where we’re coming off of losing seasons,” said fifthyear head coach Nate McPeek, a former Marshall University lineman. “We’ve got a lot of momentum, and that can be hard to find. While you’ve got it, you’ve got to use it.” McPeek said the school made more money from ticket sales for the team’s intra-squad scrimmage this year than it did in his first home game as head coach. “People are excited, and I’m excited,” McPeek said. “We’ve got 69 football players. That’s the most in program history, and unheard of for a Class A school. I think my first year we dressed 32.” Fairview certainly has the bodies, but has some big holes to fill in terms of talent, and the Eagles might not have their way with the competition like the team did in 2012. Last season, the backfield combo of Elijah King, Chris Brewer and Devon Turner produced 4,731 rushing yards and 61 touchdowns running the Wing-T offense. All three are gone, having graduated in the spring. McPeek is looking to backs Tanner Dolen, Isaiah King and Kyle Sesher, among others, to pick up the slack from the wings. Dolen and Sesher both showed flashes of promise when they got in late in games or gave one of the starters a breather last season. At fullback, stepping into Brewer’s shoes will be juniors Armonde Yetts and Caleb McKnight. “We’ve got five wingbacks right now who are looking pretty good,” McPeek said. “Armonde has a bit more speed at fullback, while Caleb is more of a traditional, straight-ahead runner at that position. “I think we have guys to fill these roles. We might have some growing pains, but I think we’ll be OK in time as long as we’re healthy.” Fairview does have its starting quarterback returning in Alex Roy. Roy started for the Eagles last year as a freshman. McPeek said the 2013 season will be a good exercise in “fighting complacency.” “If you’ve been winning, you don’t just keep winning by showing up,” McPeek said. “Winning is hard. It’s not easy to get back to the state championship. It doesn’t work that way. I think we’re going to be

challenged week in and week out this year, and hopefully that will set us up for a nice playoff run.”

Boyd County

CANNONSBURG, Ky. — Last year the Boyd County Lions introduced a new head coach in Ray Brooks, and Brooks had a vision for resurrecting the program with hard work in the weight room and a new, triple-option offense. After a 5-6 season, which saw Boyd County go out in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs in a 56-14 loss to Highlands, Brooks resigned, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family, and the Lions were back to square one. But Brooks’ exit may have been fortuitous for Boyd County. After a regime change in Morehead State University’s football program, longtime Eagles defensive coordinator John Gilliam was on the market. Gilliam was reportedly ready to accept the defensive coordinator position at Rowan County when the head coaching job at Boyd became available. A second, more experienced breath of fresh air in as many years might be what the program needs after suffering a 56-16 loss to rival Ashland and falling 35-6 to Russell in 2012. The Lions get both the Tomcats and Red Devils at home this year, as well as hosting local Class A rival Raceland. Boyd County will also look to avenge a 28-25 loss to Rowan County last season, as the Lions get the Vikings at home in 2013.

Russell

RUSSELL, Ky. — The Russell Red Devils were able to handle most of the teams they were supposed to handle in 2012. But the Devils didn’t beat anyone they weren’t supposed to beat. Coming into 2013, the historical Class AAA powerhouse is looking to break a string of mediocrity. Russell last won a state title in 2005, and returned to the state title game in 2006. In 2007, the Red Devils compiled an 11-2 record. Since then, Russell hasn’t been able to do any better than 7-5, the mark the team hit last year, and has finished 6-5 twice. The Devils were bounced from the first round of the AAA playoffs in 2012 by Garrard County, 12-7.

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Christian era starts at Lincoln County By GRANt tRAYLoR The Herald-Dispatch

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HAMLIN, W.Va. — For Lincoln County, the first-year transition out of the Mountain State Athletic Conference was not what the Panthers had envisioned. The Panthers suffered through an 0-10 season in 2012 when the team gave up a staggering 51 points per contest. Fast forward to 2013, and there is nowhere to go but up for the Panthers, who will fully make the transition to a much friendlier schedule than in previous years. First-year coach Derek Christian, a former West Virginia University player, takes the helm at Lincoln County after spending eight seasons coaching St. Albans from 2004-2011. Christian resigned following the 2011 season to pursue an administrative job, according to a Charleston Daily Mail story. His efforts landed him in Lincoln County where he became the school’s assistant principal.

Lincoln County

Location: Hamlin, W.Va. Nickname: Panthers Classification: Class AAA Stadium: Lions Club Field 2012 record: 0-10

When head coach Cory Beck resigned following last season, Christian was selected to take over the program. Lincoln County is one of few counties in West Virginia where administrators can also serve as head coaches. Christian’s philosophy on the football field could be one that lends itself to success at Lincoln County where the Panthers possess some bulk along the offensive front. In the past, Christian has incorporated an I-formation attack that literally pushed forward and wore the opposition down. In a town where the people are known for being blue-collar and tough, Christian’s system will

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back at 5-9, 165-pounds while Taylor is a bruiser at 5-11, 200. Expect lincoln county roster, results, records Taylor to thrive in the style of Christian’s offense. embody the community. Up front, the Panthers have lots of And the best news for Christian size to be able to push the is that he inherits a group of pile and have many returnplayers who got lots of expeing players from last year. rience last season. With weights along the The Panthers feature an offensive front ranging extremely large junior group anywhere from 220 to 370 and many were forced into pounds, Lincoln County has action as sophomores. plenty of bulk to push the Last season’s struggles pile. could lead to this year’s wins Defensively, there is tons for Lincoln County. Christian of work to be done after the Junior quarterback Grant struggles of a season ago, Bates returns for the Panbut with so many returning pieces, thers after a 2012 season that hardthe Panthers are sure to improve on ened him as a player. The 6-foot, their ability to stop the opposition. 175-pound signal-caller will not be Lincoln County opens the Chriscalled on to air the ball out this year tian era with five of their first six as he was in his initial season as games on the road. The seasonthe varsity quarterback. Instead, much of the load will fall opener is Aug. 30 at Point Pleasant. Perhaps the most interesting on the shoulders of running backs Brian Parsons and Blake Taylor, the game of the year will be the regularseason finale on Nov. 8 when Chrisone-two punch in the backfield from tian takes on his former team — St. a year ago. Albans. Parsons is the smaller, shiftier


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at Point Pleasant at Scott at Logan South Point (OH) at Lewis County at Greenbrier East Nicholas County Ripley River View St. Albans

Lincoln County 2012 results

Huntington High 63, Lincoln County 8 Scott 53, Lincoln County 20 Logan 48, Lincoln County 0 Ripley 34, Lincoln County 0 Nitro 27, Lincoln County 24 South Charleston 62, Lincoln County 14 Nicholas County 49, Lincoln County 8 St. Albans 49, Lincoln County 22 River View 52, Lincoln County 24 Oak Hill 72, Lincoln County 42

Last 5 years 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 TOTAL

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Russell didn’t come close to hanging with rival Ashland, falling to the Tomcats 47-7 on the road. The Red Devils finished the regular season with a 25-14 loss to smaller neighbor Raceland. Coach Ivan McGlone, who has two state titles to his name, the first coming in 1979, will be back on the sideline, and Russell will be running its Wing-T offense as it has for more than three decades. It’s never a question of what’s coming with the Red Devils, it’s a question of whether the opponents can stop it. For the past five seasons, defenses have been answering the call in five to six games. The Red Devils will not face Raceland in 2013. Russell opens Aug. 30 at home against traditional rival Greenup County, and will face Ashland at home on Sept. 13.

Raceland

RACELAND, Ky. — For more than a decade the Raceland Rams have been proving they’re not your average Class A team. The Rams have taken on all comers and have emerged victorious against foes.

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lincoln county 2013 roSter No. Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Cl.

No. Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Cl.

1

Tanner Price

WR-DB

5-8

125

So.

54 Dakota Smith

OL-DL

5-11

215

Jr.

2

Chaz Wiley

RB-DB

5-10

150

Jr.

55 Caleb Shelton

OL-DL

5-11

190

So.

225

Fr. So.

3

Alex Bruce

FB-LB

5-11

205

So.

56 Hunter Owens

OL-DL

6-1

6

Zack McGhee

WR-DB

5-9

145

Sr.

57 Andrew Hoff

OL-DL

6-1

210

8

Jake Ashely

QB-DB

6-1

165

Fr.

9

Noah Webb

WR-LB

5-10

155

So.

58 Jarrett Brumfield

OL-DL

6-0

305

Sr.

10 Justin Butcher

WR-DB

5-8

110

Fr.

64 Austin Prichard

OL-DL

6-3

220

So.

13 Grant Bates

QB-LB

6-0

175

Jr.

15 Justin Rakes

TE-LB

6-1

205

Jr.

18 Aaron Smith

WR-DB

6-3

165

Sr.

19 Austin Stratton

RB-DB

5-9

140

Fr.

21 Gus Smith

RB-LB

6-0

195

Jr.

22 Dustin Cooper

WR-DB

5-9

145

Jr.

24 Jacob Dyer

WR-LB

5-10

160

Jr.

26 Jake Reynolds

TE-LB

5-11

190

Jr.

28 Blake Taylor

RB-LB

5-11

200

Jr.

29 Brian Parsons

RB-DB

5-9

165

Sr.

35 Bryan Miller

RB-LB

5-11

185

Fr.

36 Shane Wells

RB-LB

6-1

185

Fr.

42 Dylan Dunlap

TE-LB

5-11

180

66 Alec Toppings

OL-DL

6-2

245

Fr.

67 Timmy Thompson

OL-DL

5-10

210

Fr.

68 Tyler Triplett

OL-DL

5-10

185

Jr.

71 Andrew Keaton

OL-DL

6-4

280

Sr. Jr.

73 Brady McComas

OL-DL

5-11

260

75 Austin Adkins

OL-DL

5-11

230

Jr.

76 Malaki Lawhun

OL-DL

6-0

240

Jr.

77 Bryson Justice

OL-DL

6-8

370

Sr.

79 Danial Adkins

OL-DL

6-4

300

Jr.

80 Seth Adkins

WR-LB

5-10

170

So.

81 Rickie Adkins

TE-LB

5-11

195

Sr.

84 Gavin Adkins

TE-LB

5-11

185

So.

Fr.

86 Dustin Gilkerson

WR-DB

5-11

165

Jr.

88 Cody Bonnett

TE-LB

6-1

165

So.

50 Tristen Daniels

OL-DL

5-10

230

Jr.

51 Luke Miller

OL-DL

6-0

205

Fr.

89 Josh Miller

TE-LB

5-11

175

So.

52 Morgan Smith

OL-DL

5-10

250

Jr.

99 Jake Kirkendoll

TE-DL

6-4

185

Fr.

But in 2013, things are going up a notch. In its final game of the regular season, Raceland is hosting Ohio power Ironton. A team that bigger brothers Ashland and Russell strive just to play with, and occasionally defeat on the rarest of occasions, is coming to see what kind of fight the Rams have in them on Nov. 1. Raceland finished 9-3 in 2012, bowing out in the second round of the Single A playoffs, 26-20 to Pikeville. The loss can be somewhat confusing on paper, since the Rams beat Pikeville 54-14 on Aug. 31 during the 2012 regular season. In that first match up, running backs Daylin Beach and Zack Litteral rushed for 156 and 155 yards, respectively. Beach found the end zone four times, and Litteral added on two touchdowns. Both had 18 carries In the playoff rematch, Beach ran for 125 yards and one score on 22 carries, while Litteral was bottled up for 65 yards on 13 carries. Both return for the Rams as seniors for the 2013 season. Raceland wasn’t able to win the local battle for Class A bragging rights, falling to Fairview, 40-27, on the road. This season the Rams will have the Eagles in their backyard. The Rams did put up a convincing 25-14 win over AAA rival Russell and

destroyed Allen Central, 60-0, in the first round of the playoffs.

land, Ashland and regional power Johnson Central.

Greenup County

Lawrence County

GREENUP, Ky. — If the Musketeers can just manage a single win, Greenup County will have its best record in three seasons. That’s right, the 4A school has gone 020 in the past two seasons. Greenup County was shut out twice in 2012, and suffered an absolute thrashing, 72-0, at the hands of Class A Fairview. The most points the Musketeers were able to put up was 29 in a loss to Letcher County that saw the victor hang up 62. In 2011, the Musketeers averaged 8.8 points per game, while their opponents averaged 44. Greenup County has been suffering from a lack of bodies, and injuries have taken their toll on a smaller roster over the past two seasons. The team has a listed roster of 57 players for the 2013 season, which is better than what head coach Chris Mullins has had to work with in his previous two years. Still, experience is lacking on a team with only eight seniors. Nothing gets easier for Greenup County in 2013. The Musketeers play virtually the same schedule they did in 2012, which includes match-ups with Russell, Race-

LOUISA, Ky. — The Bulldogs are hoping to turn a corner, though the Lawrence County program is still suffering from a depleted talent pool as school enrollment has dropped. Once a 4A powerhouse, the Bulldogs were dropped to Class AAA in 2011. In that first season in a new division, the team went 5-7, picking up a playoff win before being knocked out in the second round. The 2012 campaign was more of the same. Lawrence County finished 5-6, losing in the second round of the playoffs to Belfry, 48-6. Last season’s squad suffered somewhat from a void in leadership, with only six seniors. That number is up to nine for the 2013 season. The Bulldogs had some close calls last year that could have changed the course of the season, including a 50-49 loss to Perry County Central. By the same token, Lawrence County was able to snag some surprising wins, defeating Prestonsburg 42-41, and knocking off perennial power Sheldon Clark, 3933 on the road. The Bulldogs also picked up a 22-14 victory at Morgan County in the first round of the playoffs before running into the Belfry buzzsaw.


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After two 7-4 seasons, Buffalo team hopes to rebuild By BEN FIELDS

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BUFFALO, W.Va. — The Buffalo Bison strung together a pair of decent 74 seasons in 2012 and 2011, but coach Mike Sawyer said he and his assistants are just trying to get a team ready to play in 2013. Longtime starting quarterback Levi Jordan, a member of the 2013 North-South All-Star squad, graduated in the spring, and the Bisons’ top returning running back, Laythen Good, injured his knee before fall camp and is out for the season. Sawyer said he’s got 29 players on the roster, 12 of which are freshmen. “We’re kind of in a rebuilding year,” Sawyer said. “We lost a four-year starting quarterback and our best running back is out. Some of these kids have never even played football before

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because we haven’t had a junior varsity team for the past couple of seasons.” So the goal, Sawyer said, is to get his players acclimated to high school football as quickly as possible, while trying to assemble a cohesive unit. “We’re trying to teach these young kids how to play football and get them ready,” he said. “We’re doing a lot of basic drills in some cases. It will take them a while to become battle tested.” The Bison do return veteran wide receiver Isaiah Robinson and running back Jordan Tucker. Sawyer said he also has most of his offensive line from last year returning. Austin Hensley, who came to Buffalo last year from Ohio, will likely be the starting quarterback. “We’ve had some nicks and scrapes and had some kids miss a practice here and there, but we’re getting there and try-

Following is the 2013-14 schedule of West Virginia high school state championships: n Golf: Oct. 8-9, Oglebay Resort (Robert Trent Jones Course), Wheeling. n cross country: Nov. 2, Cabell Midland High School, Ona. n Soccer: Nov. 8-9, Beckley YMCA Facility. n Volleyball: Nov. 15-16, Charleston Civic Center. n football Super Six: Dec. 6-7, Wheeling Island Stadium. n cheerleading: Dec. 13, Charleston Civic Center. n Swimming: Feb. 20-21, WVU Natatorium, Morgantown. n Wrestling: Feb. 27March 1, Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington. n Girls basketball: March 12-15, Charleston Civic Center. n Boys basketball: March 19-22, Charleston Civic Center. n Tennis: May 15-17, Charleston. n Track and field: May 23-24, Laidley Field, Charleston. n Softball:: May 28-29, Jackson Park, Vienna. n Baseball: June 5-7, Appalachian Power Park, Charleston.

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ing to improve each day,” Sawyer said. Some highlights on the Buffalo schedule include a home game with rival Poca on Sept. 13, and a matchup with defending Class A champion Wahama on Nov. 8. The Bison also host Symmes Valley from Ohio on Nov. 1.

Poca

POCA, W.Va. — The Poca Dots can still lay claim to one of the most unique nicknames in all of West Virginia, but coach Bob Lemley, entering his 25th season, might be asking himself if there’s much else the Dots can hang their hat on in 2013. Poca limped to a 2-8 finish in Class AA in 2012, and hasn’t had a winning season since 2006. The most victories the Dots have laid claim to in that time was five in 2010. It’s yet to be seen if Poca has the

manpower to start to restore one of the most historically proud programs in Class AA football. The Dots have won five state titles, all in Class AA, in program history. Poca claimed the state crown in 1977 and 1994, followed by a dynastic run of three straight championships from 2001 through 2003. One player being counted on for a major contribution is senior halfback T.T. Loudin, a 1,000-yard rusher last season. Justin Stewart, a junior, is a newcomer playing quarterback. Stewart replaces Jake Payne who decided to not play this season. Senior Austin Byrd is a mainstay on the offensive and defensive lines. Anthony Lester is a senior fullback. Poca will have a tough test right off the bat, traveling to Class AAA Nitro on Aug. 30 for the team’s 2013 opener. The Dots host two-time defending state champion Wayne on Oct. 25, and travel to Tolsia on Nov. 8 for the season wrap.

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Wahama White Falcons ready for an encore in 2013 By BEN FIELDS

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MASON, W.Va. — You couldn’t have written a better script for the Wahama White Falcons in 2012. A gutsy call in overtime of the state championship saw quarterback Trenton Gibbs scamper into the end zone for a two-point conversion, giving the school a 43-42 win over Madonna and its first Class A state title. It also capped an undefeated season for the White Falcons. So, the question becomes, what do you do for an encore? It’s not something head coach Ed Cromley wants to think about right away. “The way we look at it, we’re going to go about our business the way we always do here,” Cromley said. “We’re going to take things day to day, game to game and hopefully get better each day.” Gibbs graduated in the spring, as did feature running back Zach Wamsley, who powered in from one yard out to score the touchdown that set up Gibbs’ winning conversion. The White Falcons do have running back Kane Roush, a senior, returning to the roster. Roush ran for 170 yards and three touchdowns in the state title game. Cromley said he feels like he’s got plenty of depth in the backfield. “We run about four guys back there, so there’s not all that pressure on

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Mason County schedules

Point Pleasant Aug. 30, Lincoln County Sept. 6, Ripley Sept. 20, at Logan Sept. 27, Winfield Oct. 4, at Brooke Oct. 11, Oak Hill Oct. 18, Ravenswood

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Buffalo Aug. 31, at Parkersburg Catholic Sept. 6, at River View Sept. 13, Poca Sept. 20, Greenbrier West

(Roush) to be the guy who has to put us on his shoulders,” the coach said. Cromley said most likely senior Hunter Bradley will be under center replacing Gibbs. “That’s the nature of high school football,” Cromley said. “You have guys who do great and you’d love to keep them, but they go on to do other things and fulfill other goals and you bring the next guy along.” Wahama only plays two West Virginia teams in the regular season, opening with Fayetteville at home on Aug. 30 and closing at Buffalo on Nov. 8. The rest of the teams the Falcons play hail from Ohio. It obviously didn’t affect Wahama in the playoffs last year, and Cromley said it’s not something he worries about. “One of the things we take advantage of is that we see a lot of variety in our league. We see just about everything someone can throw at you,” he said. “So, when we get into the playoffs, it’s not like ‘Oh my goodness, we’ve never seen this before.’”

Point Pleasant

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — In 2012, the Black Knights made the move to Class AAA from Class AA, where they were state runners-up in 2011. All things considered, it wasn’t a bad transition. Oct. 25, at Shady Spring Nov. 2, Oak Glen Nov. 9, Lewis County Wahama Aug. 30, Fayetteville Sept. 6, Trimble Sept. 13, at Eastern Sept. 20, at Belpre Sept. 27, at Gilmer County Oct. 4, at Tyler Consolidated Oct. 11, at Wirt County Oct. 25, at Fayettevile Nov. 1, Symmes Valley (Ohio) Nov. 8, Wahama

Point Pleasant finished 8-3, going 8-2 in the regular season and bowing out in the first round of the playoffs to Morgantown. “I think it was pretty successful for our first year up,” said head coach David Darst. The expectations for the Black Knights are high in 2013, as Point Pleasant has plenty of talent returning. Senior running back Chase Walton already has the school record for rushing yards and receiving yards with the 2013 campaign yet to play. “He’s been that hidden gem of a player,” Darst said. “He’s started three years for me, and he’s played on both sides of the ball for three years.” Also returning is quarterback Aden Yates, who threw for more than 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2012. “We’re returning a lot of skill and a lot of size,” Darst said. Cody Mitchell — whose father, Darrell, played tight end for West Virginia University, and brother, Derek, is a senior linebacker at Marshall University — will see plenty of action at running back and wide receiver, while playing safety on defense. “He’s a Division One prospect, for sure,” Darst said of the 6-foot-3, 220 pound sophomore. Point Pleasant will also rely heavily on defensive end and tight end Bryson Raymond, who is probably better known for his success on the Black Knights’ wrestling team. “He’s a rugged kid,” Darst said. “We’re just blessed to have him in Sept. 27, Waterford Oct. 4, at Racine Southern Oct. 11, Federal Hocking Nov. 1, Corning Miller Nov. 8, at Buffalo

football. He brings that toughness to the table for us.” As excited as Darst is about his squad, he’s practically giddy over the Black Knights’ schedule, which includes eight Class AAA schools and sees the return of the Ripley Vikings, a bitter rival dating back to the 1930s. The two play for “The Old Oaken Bucket” trophy, but haven’t met for the past seven seasons. “We used to play Ripley for years,” Darst said. “It’s one of our oldest rivalries, and we’re thrilled to be starting it back up. My grandfather was on one of those first Old Oaken Bucket teams back in 1932. It’s kind of neat to be playing for it again.”

Hannan

ASHTON, W.Va. — For Hannan football, nothing has been easy over the past few years. The Wildcats finished 1-9 in 2012 and 3-10 in 2011. Hannan went winless in the two seasons before that. In all, the program has amassed a mere nine wins since 2004. The Wildcats have a tough schedule in 2013, including a game at Federal Hocking, Ohio, and hosting Ohio school Corning Miller and Twin Valley from Virginia. Head coach Michael Wallace will dress 22 players, including five seniors, for the 2013 season. A Hannan roster on MaxPreps.com lists five seniors — lineman Joshua Sadler, linebacker Tristen Johnson, linebacker/running back Matthew Wallace, defensive back/end Paul White and defensive back/end Dakota Fannin.

hannan Aug. 30, at Valley Wetzel Sept. 7, at Hundred

Sept. 13, at Federal Hocking (Ohio) Sept. 20, at Sherman Oct. 4, Corning Miller (Ohio) Oct. 11, Twin Valley (Va.) Oct. 18, at Gilmer County Oct. 25, Midland Trail Nov. 1, Montcalm Nov. 9, Hundred

Poca Aug. 30, at Nitro Sept. 6, Nicholas County Sept. 13, at Buffalo Sept. 20, Chapmanville Sept. 27, at Scott

Oct. 4, Herbert Hoover Oct. 11, Mingo Central Oct. 25, Wayne Nov. 1, at Sissonville Nov. 8, at Tolsia


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Fairland Dragons bulk up for 2013 season By DAVID WALSH The Herald-Dispatch

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PROCTORVILLE, Ohio — The classroom and locker room are two important stops during a day for Fairland football players. Now include the weight room. In season or out. Cullen Homolka made that point to his players when he was named as head coach of the Dragons in June. This is his first assignment as a head coach and on the high school level. He’s been a college assistant since he wrapped up his career as a fullback/special teams player at the University of Kansas (2003-05). “The kids did a great job in the weight room,” Homolka said. “They weren’t asked in the past. Six probably were in there. This summer we had 35 or 40. The kids had to adjust to me. It’s not easy. They survived and love it.” The players also did some heavy lifting outdoors as they pitched in to lay the new sod at Fairland Stadium. “I have a strong belief we do a lot

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location: Rome Township, Ohio Nickname: Dragons classification: Division IV, Region 15 Stadium: Fairland Stadium 2012 record: 5-5

of things together,” Homolka said. “This is our home turf. We don’t want to let anyone come in and push us around.” Homolka spent 2012 as a graduate assistant at Northern Illinois University. He worked with the defensive line and the Huskies went 12-2, won the Mid-American Conference West title and then MAC title game to earn a BCS bowl bid against Florida State in the Orange Bowl. The Seminoles won, 31-10. “It was a dream come true,” Homolka said of the 2012 season. “But my wife’s (Kristin) is from here. Time to settle down a bit. I couldn’t be in a better situation.” Homolka has seen positive early results from the weight lifting. That

added size and speed will come in handy as he installs his style of play. Fast pace on offense including going to the air. “We’ll hit them in the mouth sometimes,” Homolka said. The new coach will count on offensive coordinator Brent Wilcoxon. “He’s been successful at it. I’m not going to hold him back. I trust him,” Homolka said. Defense is simple. “Get in the backfield and cause havoc,” Homolka said. “Linebackers, defensive Homolka backs read and react. Don’t stand around. Let the kids use their natural ability and speed and play physical.” Two key players back are the Bray brothers — De’vonte (275 pounds) and Dionte (315) — on the offensive and defensive lines. “They can be as good as anyone I’ve coached,” Homolka said. “They’ve got the ability to do a lot of things.” Another key starter back is quarterback Chance Short (10 TD passes

in 2012). “Every day he gets better,” Homolka said. “He made a lot of sacrifices. His summer was ours. He’s worked on his form. His preparation has been good.” Drew Norris backs him up. In the backfield are Evan Maddox, Nathan Campbell and Coleton Brumfield. “He’s a crucial part of our offense,” Homolka said of Maddox. Receivers are Derick Willis, Kyle Sowards and Trey Nester. “He has great hands and can play a lot of positions,” Homolka said of Sowards. “He’ll do anything you ask.” Up front are Jeff Mclain, Matt McComas, Zach McKinney, Tyler Campbell, Allen Woodall and Clayton Edmonds. On defense, McKinney, Woodall, Darren Bishop along with the Bray brothers are up front in the 4-4 set. Linebackers are Kyle Sowards, Dylan Murphy and Edmonds. Brumfield, Evan Maddox, Campbell and Nester

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Fairland 2012 Results

at Portsmouth West Meigs at Gallipolis at Wheelersburg Athens at South Point Chesapeake at Coal Grove Rock Hill River Valley

Fairland 34, Portsmouth West 14 Fairland 30, Meigs 12 Tolsia 12, Fairland 9 Wheelersburg 42, Fairland 7 Bishop Hartley 56, Fairland 6 Fairland 41, South Point 6 Chesapeake 26, Fairland 19 Coal Grove 28, Fairland 8

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Drake Cox

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200

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Dylan Murphy

WR-DE

6-3

200

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Nathan Campbell

5

Isiah Vidal

K

5-8

150

7

Hayden Nester

WR-LB

6-0

200

52

Jonah Galloway

C-DE

6-0

210

9

Kobe Woodall

RB-LB

5-10 205

54

Tyler Campbell

T

6-4

265

10

Kyle Sowards

WR-LB

6-1

55

C.J. Stapleton

T-NG

6-0

220

11

Coleton Brumfield

SS

5-11 185

56

Clayton Edmonds

G-LB

6-1

210

12

Darren Bishop

DE

6-0

200

61

Jeff McLain

C

6-1

240

14

Drew Norris

QB

6-0

165

63

Aaron Ferguson

C-DE

6-0

210

16

Trey Nester

WR-CB 5-10 170

68

Rodney White

T-DT

5-10 215

18

Seth Daniels

WR-FS

5-9

165

70

Riley Hayden

G-LB

6-1

20

Cameron Brogan

WR-CB

5-8

150

71

Jacob McComas

G-DT

5-11 287

23

Jacob Warner

WR-FS 5-10 185

72

De’Vonte Braye

NG

6-2

297

24

Garret Nance

WR-FS 5-11 165

25

Will Rankin

FB-LB

26

Derrick Willis

27

Austin Christian

29

Philip Beaty

32

Evan Maddox

WR-LB

205

RB-CB

5-10 170

215

73

Zach McKinney

G-DE

6-1

225

5-11 215

75

Dionte Braye

DT

6-4

335

5-8

175

76

Dustin Barton

G

6-0

260

78

Allen Woodall

T

6-1

242

6-3

290

WR-FS

5-8

160

WR

6-2

170

79

Matt McComas

RB-FS

6-1

200

83

Trace Adkins

C WR

5-10 150

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make up the secondary. “Play downhill,” Homolka said of an attacking style. “Make them try to figure us out and stop them before they do.” Homolka said he’s worked the halls at school hoping to attract some more players. In non-league action, the Dragons open at Portsmouth West and also have trips to Gallia Academy and Wheelersburg. Home games are against Meigs (coached by former Marshall University standout and NFL long snapper deluxe Mike Bartrum) and a strong Athens team. In the Ohio Valley Conference, Coal Grove is favored to repeat as champion. “You respect all the teams,” Homolka said. “On defense it’s can we slow people down? On offense, it’s keep doing what we’re doing and understand what we’re doing.”

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IRONTON — Experience is on the side of Ironton Fighting Tigers head coach Mark Vass, but not neccessarily on the side of his players. Vass took over for Ohio coaching legend Bob Lutz last season and led the Vass Fighting Tigers to a 7-4 record and to the second round of the Division IV playoffs. Many of the top players from that squad graduated. “We’ve got some holes to fill,” Vass said. “We’re a young, talented group. We’ve got to grow up fast. We’re not

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Ironton schedule Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1

Wheelersburg Russell (Ky.) Amanda-Clearcreek at Ashland Portsmouth Johnson Central (Ky.) at St. Charles at Bishop Hartley Oak Hill at Raceland (Ky.)

Ironton 2012 Results

Ironton 32, Wheelersburg 27 Ironton 47, Russell 21 Ironton 14, Gallipolis 13 Ironton 27, Ashland 17 Ironton 61, Portsmouth 34 Johnson Central 44, Ironton 31 Bishop Watterson 42, Ironton 8 Bishop Hartley 62, Ironton 6 Ironton 28, Oak Hill 0 Ironton 41, Bloom-Carroll 16

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assignment in 2013 when he took over for Lutz, the winningest coach in Ohio high school history. Players don’t want to see any dropoff. “It’s gone smooth so far. I knew what to expect,” Vass said. “I’m more comfortable at this point than at this time last year. The kids are aware of the tradition. They know what they’re getting into, the sacrifices they have to make. They’ll try to keep going what coach Lutz has built.” Ironton has experience at tackle with seniors Tyler Webb (6-foot-5, 240 pounds) and Isaac Sherman (6-5, 290). At quarterback, Tristan Cox steps in full time. “He’s an athletic kid. He can run and throw,” Vass said. “He played some, so he got a taste of it. He’s looked sharp so far.” In the backfield are fullbacks Jeremy Bodmer and Desmond Young and halfbacks Jake Long, Tanner Price, D’Angelo Palladino (transfer from South Point) and Derik Berry. “They enjoy it,” Vass said. “They just haven’t been hit yet.” Ends are Joe Bowling, Hunter Weber and Berry. Brock MidkiffSanders and Hayden Robinson work at center. Guards are Tyler Taylor, Ronnie Artis and Hunter Klaiber. Ironton’s trademark on offense is

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ironton 2013 roSter No. Name 6 Drey Boehm 7 Jake Isaac 8 Tristan Cox 9 Tyler Ward 20 Blake Taylor 22 D’Angelo Palladino 24 Brad Jenkins 25 Jake Long 26 Tanner Price 28 Derik Berry 29 Isaiah Brickey-Scott 30 Trevor Easterling 32 Desmond Young 33 Jeremy Bodmer 36 Travis Vallero-Gayhart 37 Chase Rowe 44 Dane Wilson 45 Drew Redmond 46 Nick Ratliff 49 Troy Rust 50 James Gumbert 51 Josh Allen 52 Chase Hankins 55 Zach Miller 57 Rich Sutton 60 Justin Robinson

Pos. QB-S QB-S QB-S QB-S E-S HB-CB HB-CB HB-S HB-CB HB-CB E-S FB-CB FB-LB FB-LB FB-CB HB-CB HB-CB HB-S FB-LB HB-CB G-NG C-DE T-DT G-LB G-LB C-DT

Ht. 5-10 5-10 6-0 5-9 6-0 5-9 5-10 6-1 5-8 5-11 5-10 5-7 6-1 6-0 5-11 5-4 5-9 5-9 5-9 5-9 5-6 5-11 5-9 5-8 5-11 6-0

the fullhouse backfield with two tight ends and a power running game. “We can spread it out and play tight,” Vass said. “We’ve got the talent and speed. We’ll see what we’re good at.” Up front on defense are Webb, Sherman, Taylor, Midkiff-Sands, Chase Hankins and Gage Riley. Bowling, Webb and Lucas Campbell are the ends. Bodmer is one of the linebackers. Cox, Long, Berry and Palladino make up the secondary. “You’ll see us more aggressive, fly to the ball,” Vass said. “You’ll see more enthusiasm. Defense is probably ahead of our offense at this point.” Klaiber handles place kicks for now. Cox is No. 1 at punter. “He’s getting better. He needs to be more consistent,” Vass said. Vass hoped to work out the kinks during three scrimmages. Ironton opens Aug. 30 at home against U.S. 52 rival Wheelersburg. Russell comes in the next week. “We’re good some days, not so good on others,” Vass said. “It comes down to beat the guy in front of you or the guy in front of you gives you fits. We have to respond. Depth is an issue. We’ve got to stay healthy. “We’ll find out fight off the bat,” Vass said. “Wheelersburg has a lot of players back. They’ll be a handful. Russell has talent. Those games are big. We have to execute and not

Wt. 144 138 179 150 160 165 170 170 160 165 144 160 205 180 174 144 150 149 183 145 161 206 270 175 166 230

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No. Name 61 Josh Delawder 61 Chase Reffett 62 Jack Thompson 63 Vance Day 63 Austin Pemberton 64 Harley Paholsky 65 Marcus Sloan 66 Brock Midkiff-Sands 67 Ronnie Artis 68 Hunter Klaiber 71 Adam Webb 72 Reese Hall 73 Kyle Bryant 73 Gage Riley 74 Tyler Webb 75 Isaac Sherman 76 Hayden Robinson 77 Tyler Taylor 78 Larry Morris 80 Joe Bowling 81 Rhett Ball 82 Hunter Weber 83 Tanner Martin 84 Isaiah Dodgin 85 Lucas Campbell 87 Brigham Dillow

beat ourselves. We’ll see how we stack up. “The goal is to make the playoffs

Pos. G-DT T-DT G-DE C-DT G-LB C-LB G-DT C-NG G-NG G-DE T-DT T-DT G-DT T-NG G-DT T-DT T-DT G-DT T-DT E-DE E-DE E-DE E-DE E-DE E-DE E-DE

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South Point ready to push back in 2013 By DAVID WALSH The Herald-Dispatch

South Point

SOUTH POINT, Ohio — Rick Marcello watched South Point get pushed around in his first year as head football coach. In 2013, Marcello believes the Pointers will be better equipped to push back. “It was a tough year. You learn some hard lessons,” Marcello said of the 1-9 season. “The goal is to jell as a team. We’re on the right path.” Facing bigger, stronger, faster opponents, combined with trying to master the coach’s up-tempo offensive and defensive systems, made that first season less than memorable. Marcello said the players knew what they had to do to avoid a repeat. First stop was the weight room for off-season conditioning. “We got the kids to buy into the weight room,” Marcello said. “We were young and undersized. We weren’t as strong as we should be. We had a cou-

ple of guys bench press 300 (pounds). We weren’t close to that last year. “You have to go through adversity, learn what’s out there. It’s important. It can lead to success.” On offense, Marcello junked the Wing-T and unveiled a spread system — quarterback in the shotgun and three- to five-receiver sets utilized to force a defense to spread itself thin across the field to cover everyone. “It was culture shock,” Marcello said. “It was a real challenge for the quarterback and offensive line. They know what to expect now. Things come quicker and smoother. It’s a matter of

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reps now. We’ll tweak some things. It depends on what we see from opponents. The person most comfortable in the system now is Gage Townson, who returns at quarterback. “He benefits more than any of the returning starters,” Marcello said. “He understands the offense. He’s more comfortable with reads and checks. He was hesitant to stay in the pocket. This year he does. That’s sign one things are jelling.” Marcello Up front, Tyler Nicely and Brady Schneider are back at guard and Anthony Brown and Andrew Munion return at tackle. Aaron Williams, Brendan Meadows and Joey Riner are working at center. “We’ve had good competition there. Anyone could emerge,” Marcello said. Ends are Trent Allen, Josh Browning, Isaih Jones and Cory Speaker. The “Y” receivers include Audric Harlow, Reed

Murnahan and Ryan Van Steenberg. Running backs are James Leonard, Tyler Branch, Mason White and Davon Leonard. “We have the flexibility to do both effectively,” Marcello said of running and throwing. “You want to be more balanced. If the defense takes one thing away, we’ll do the other.” On defense, the Pointers will feature a 3-5-3 look. Marcello said he can go to a 5-man front if necessary. “It better fits our skill people,” Marcello said. “You have your athletes on the field.” Up front are Adam Beckett, Munion, Tyler Nicely, Riner, Meadows and Jacob Nicely. Linebackers are White, James Leonard, Murnahan, Tyler Branch, Davon Leonard and Harlow. Browning, Allen, Cory Speaker, Van Steenberg, Jones and Townsend make up the secondary.

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South Point schedule Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1

Fleming County (Ky.) at Wellston Boyd County (Ky.) at Lincoln County (W.Va.) at Lucasville Valley Fairland at Rock Hill at Chesapeake River Valley Coal Grove

South Point 2012 Results

Point Pleasant 57, South Point 0 Grove City Christian 27, South Point 0 Wellston 48, South Point 21 Vinton County 27, South Point 19 Lucasville Valley 61, South Point 19 Fairland 41, South Point 6 South Point 41, Rock Hill 6 Chesapeake 40, South Point 6 River Valley 43, South Point 19 Coal Grove 54, South Point 10

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Name Isaiah Jones Jacob Damron Audric Harlow Rowdy Finnegan Tyler Branch James Leonard Trent Allen Josh Browning Brandin Jackson Gage Townson Adam Collins Alex Whitt Reed Murnahan Nick Wheeler Mason White Beau Taylor Davon Leonard Brennan Carter Drew Adams Joey Riner Tyler Nicely Joe Mahon Brady Schneider Adam Beckett Jacob Nicely Brendan Meadows Aaron Williams Anthony Brown Andrew Munion Cory Speaker Ryan Van Steenberg Xans Pack

Pos. WR-DB RB-LB WR-LB WR-CB RB-LB RB-LB WR-CB WR-RB-CB QB-CB QB-S WR-CB QB-K TE-LB WR-LB TE-DE WR-RB-DB RB-LB TE-LB OG-LB OL-DL OL-DE OL-DL OL-DL OT-DL LB-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL WR-CB WR-DE OL-DL

Cl. Sr. So. Sr. Fr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Fr. Jr. Sr. Jr. So. Fr. Jr. Fr. So. Fr. Fr. So. Jr. Fr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Fr. So. Sr. So. So. Sr. Sr.

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“We were not sound in gap play last year,” Marcello said. “That’s an important responsibility at your job. All 11 need to do that. Some were slower to adapt than others.” Alex Whitt is scheduled to handle place kicks. Punters are James Leonard and Townson. Schools from Ohio (Wellston), Kentucky (Fleming County and Boyd County) and West Virginia (Lincoln County) make up South Point’s nonleague schedule. In the Ohio Valley Conference, Marcello said Coal Grove should be favored to repeat as champion. “No doubt. They do what they do very well,” Marcello said. “The league is very competitive.” South Point had scrimmages against Minford and Sciotoville East. The third outing was against Coal Grove in the OVC Preview at Coal Grove. “Some kids who didn’t play last year will be seniors. More senior depth is important,” Marcello said. “Consistency is what we’re striving for. We have to understand our assignments and win the turnover battle. We didn’t have that last year.”

WeST ViRginiA high SchooL 2013 FooTbALL ScheduLeS Thursday, Aug. 29 Cadiz Harrison Cent., Ohio at Wheeling Central Cabell Midland at Riverside Hedgesville at Washington

Friday, Aug. 30 Braxton Co. at Lincoln

Bridgeport at Buckhannon-Upshur Brooke at Morgantown Cameron at Bishop Donahue Clarke Co., Va. at Berkeley Springs Clay-Battelle at Paden City East Fairmont at Liberty Harrison Fayetteville at Wahama Gilmer Co. at Calhoun Co. Graham, Va. at Bluefield Greenbrier West at Nicholas Co. H.D. Woodson, D.C. at Martinsburg Hannan at Valley Wetzel Hundred at Montcalm Huntington at Hurricane Independence at Midland Trail James Monroe at Greenbrier East Keyser at Wheeling Park Liberty Raleigh at Westside Lincoln Co. at Point Pleasant Linsly at Magnolia Logan at Man Madonna at Beallsville, Ohio Moorefield at Petersburg Musselman at Sherando, Va. North Marion at Frankfort Oak Hill at Elkins Page Co., Va. at East Hardy Parkersburg South at Ripley Pendleton Co. at Tygarts Valley Philip Barbour at Grafton PikeView at Summers Co. Poca at Nitro Preston at Hampshire

Richmond Edison, Ohio at Oak Glen Richwood at Webster Co. River View at Mount View Roane Co. at Clay Co. Robert C. Byrd at Fairmont Senior Scott at Herbert Hoover Shady Spring at Princeton Sherman at Tug Valley Sissonville at Chapmanville South Charleston at George Washington South Harrison at Doddridge Co. Spring Mills at Jefferson Spring Valley at St. Albans St. Marys at Ritchie Co. Tolsia at Wayne Tucker Co. at Pocahontas Co. Tyler Consolidated at Williamstown University at Lewis Co. Valley Fayette at Wirt Co. Van at Meadow Bridge Vincent Warren, Ohio at Parkersburg Weir at Wintersville Indian Creek, Ohio Woodrow Wilson at Winfield Wyoming East at Mingo Central

Saturday, Aug. 31 Buffalo at Parkersburg Catholic Friday, Sept. 6 Allderdice, Pa. at Brooke

Bellaire, Ohio at John Marshall Berkeley Springs at Keyser Bluefield at Princeton Braxton Co. at Clay Co. Buckhannon-Upshur at University Buffalo at River View Cabell Midland at Winfield Cadiz Harrison Cent., Ohio at Weir Calhoun Co. at Sherman Cameron at Valley Wetzel Chapmanville at Herbert Hoover Clay-Battelle at Allegheny-Clarion Valley, Pa. Coolidge, D.C. at Morgantown Doddridge Co. at Tyler Consolidated

Fayetteville at Midland Trail Frankfort at Moorefield George Washington at Ashland Blazer, Ky. Glouster Trimble, Ohio at Wahama Grafton at Notre Dame Greenbrier East at Woodrow Wilson Greenbrier West at Richwood Hampshire at Elkins Hedgesville at Millbrook, Va. Independence at PikeView Jefferson at Mountain Ridge, Md. Lewis Co. at Preston Liberty Raleigh at Sissonville Lincoln at Philip Barbour Lincoln Co. at Scott Linsly at Parkersburg South Logan at Shady Spring Magnolia at Williamstown Man at Mount View Martinsburg at Sherando, Va. Meadow Bridge at Tug Valley Mingo Central at Tolsia Nicholas Co. at Poca Nitro at Hurricane North Marion at Fairmont Senior Oak Glen at Lisbon Beaver, Ohio Oak Hill at Musselman Paden City at Van Petersburg at Pendleton Co. Ripley at Point Pleasant Riverside at Capital Roane Co. at Ritchie Co. Robert C. Byrd at Liberty Harrison South Harrison at Gilmer Co. Spring Valley at Huntington St. Albans at South Charleston St. Marys at Wirt Co. Summers Co. at James Monroe Twin Valley, Va. at Montcalm Tygarts Valley at Tucker Co. Washington at Spring Mills Wayne at Chesapeake, Ohio Webster Co. at Ravenswood Westinghouse, Pa. at Wheeling Central Westside at Wyoming East Wheeling Park at Bridgeport Saturday, Sept. 7 Hannan at Hundred

Hannibal River, Ohio at Bishop Donahue Madonna at Tuscarawas Cent. Cath., Ohio Parkersburg Catholic at Pocahontas Co.

Friday, Sept. 13 Beallsville, Ohio at Paden City

Berkeley Springs at Petersburg Bishop Donahue at Clay-Battelle Bridgeport at North Marion Buckhannon-Upshur at Elkins Calhoun Co. at Doddridge Co. Craig Co., Va. at East Hardy East Fairmont at Nicholas Co. Fairmont Senior at Preston George Washington at St. Albans

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Gilmer Co. at Wirt Co. Hannan at Stewart Federal Hocking, Ohio Herbert Hoover at Lewis Co. Hundred at Valley Wetzel Huntington at Woodrow Wilson Hurricane at Riverside Independence at Greenbrier West Jefferson at Hampshire Keyser at Fort Hill, Md. Lincoln Co. at Logan Linsly at Martins Ferry, Ohio Magnolia at Tyler Consolidated Man at Westside Martinsburg at State College, Pa. Meadow Bridge at Midland Trail Mingo Central at Webster Co. Moorefield at Oakland Southern, Md. Morgantown at Parkersburg South

Mountain Ridge, Md. at Hedgesville Musselman at Spring Mills Narrows, Va. at Montcalm Northern - G, Md. at Tucker Co. Notre Dame at Cameron Oak Glen at Wintersville Indian Creek, Ohio Parkersburg at Cabell Midland Parkersburg Catholic at St. Marys Pendleton Co. at Pocahontas Co. Philip Barbour at Braxton Co. PikeView at Liberty Raleigh Poca at Buffalo Princeton at Capital

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healthy ’Peake looks to improve in 2013 By DAVID WALSH The Herald-Dispatch

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CHESAPEAKE, Ohio — Chesapeake coach Andy Clark has a leg up on the opposition going into the 2013 season. He’s got Chad Meadows available for duty at tailback and linebacker. “When he’s healthy, watch out,” Clark said of Meadows, who suffered a broken leg in the final scrimmage against Tolsia and missed all of 2012. “He’s a leader. He was our leading tackler two years ago.” Meadows is a senior, so he and his fellow seniors get first crack at playing in the school’s new stadium. The grass/dirt from 2010 is long gone and field turf is the surface now. Fans on the home side will have to climb quite a few steps to reach the top row of seats. For the visitors, the new seats are more numerous. Chesapeake played all its games on the road in 2012 and finished 5-5 over-

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all and 4-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference. “The kids love having a home field again,” Clark said. Five starters return on offense and four are up front. The veteran linemen are Mark McMillian, Hayden Straight and Quinton Harris. Austin Carpenter, the center in 2012, has moved to tight end. Andrew Saunders is back at split end and J.B. Brammer is getting reps there too. “The offensive line improved as the year went on,” Clark said. “We hope that carries over. The seniors expect it.

The seniors are helping the young guys out.” Clark said Carpenter is a player who’ll go where needed. “He wants to win,” Clark said. Chandler Sexton is the center now. Tackles include Thomas Riley, Cole Webb and John McFarland. Guards are Timmy Martin and Jacob Johnson. “We’ve got a shot at some depth,” Clark said. Senior Austin Stone is the Clark starting quarterback. He’s a transfer from George Washington in Charleston. “He’s learning what to do and so far is doing a good job,” Clark said. “He’s getting better every day.” The fullback is Maccoy Brown, a transfer from Huntington High. Halfbacks are Nate Smith and Brad Meadows. “It’s new stuff for the backs. They’re picking it up quick,” Clark said.

On defense, ends are Carpenter, Harris and Jacob Johnson. Down linemen are McMillian, Straight, Martin, McFarland and Webb. In addition to Chad Meadows, linebackers are Brad Meadows, Brown, Dakota Clark, Taze Sites and Shaden White. Brammer is the safety and joined in the secondary by Smith, Saunders and Stone. Wesley Stevens handles place kicking and kickoffs. Stone is the punter. “The kids have gotten after it,” Clark said. “We’ve got to improve on defense. The games we lost last year, what hurt was poor tackling. We’ve got to be more aggressive.” Clark had three evaluations of his Panthers under game conditions. They met Trimble and Tolsia at home in scrimmages and Rock Hill in the Ohio

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Highlanders are ready to take next step By GRANT TRAYLOR The Herald-Dispatch

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HUNTINGTON — In the Billy Seals era at Huntington High, there has been a simple equation set forth. Make a goal, meet a goal. Such has been the case over Seals’ four years as he’s taken the team from winless in his first season to a 9-3 team and a top-4 seed in the Class AAA playoffs. Now, the Highlanders want to make the next step. “In the history of the new Huntington High, no team

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has ever made it to the (state) semifinals and, obviously, no team has ever made the state championship. That’s our goal this year.” Seals said the Highlanders face a daunting schedule, but he feels the talent returning is experienced

and hungry enough to get the job done. The most experience is in the backfield where Nick Tubbs, Charles Crawford and Paden Christian all will be going into at least their third year starting. Christian, who bulked up 20 pounds in the offseason, will be going into his fourth year of starting games.

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WeST ViRginiA high SchooL 2013 FooTbALL ScheduLeS, conTinued Friday, Sept. 13 Rayland Buckeye, Ohio at John Marshall Richmond Edison, Ohio at Weir Richwood at Fayetteville Ripley at Winfield Ritchie Co. at Clay Co. Roane Co. at Ravenswood Robert C. Byrd at Lincoln Scott at Chapmanville Sherando, Va. at Washington Sherman at Wyoming East South Charleston at Spring Valley Summers Co. at Grafton Tolsia at Sissonville Tug Valley at Mount View Tygarts Valley at South Harrison University at Brooke Van at Valley Fayette Wahama at Reedsville Eastern, Ohio Wheeling Park at St. Clairsville, Ohio Williamstown at Marietta, Ohio

Saturday, Sept. 14 Greenbrier East at Shady Spring Wheeling Central at Madonna

Thursday, Sept. 19 Tyler Consolidated at St. Marys Friday, Sept. 20 Bath Co., Va. at Pendleton Co.

Beallsville, Ohio at Cameron Berkeley Springs at Frankfort Bridgeport at Robert C. Byrd Buckhannon-Upshur at North Marion Cabell Midland at Huntington Capital at Parkersburg Chapmanville at Poca

chesapeake schedule Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1

Clay Co. at Valley Fayette Clay-Battelle at Hundred Craig Co., Va. at Montcalm Dubois, Pa. at Morgantown East Fairmont at Lincoln Elkins at Preston Fayetteville at Meadow Bridge Gate City, Va. at Bluefield Gilmer Co. at Paden City Grafton at Weir Greenbrier West at Buffalo Hannan at Sherman Hannibal River, Ohio at Magnolia Hedgesville at Spring Mills Herbert Hoover at Tolsia James Monroe at PikeView Jefferson at Musselman John Marshall at Oak Glen Keyser at Northern - G, Md. Martinsburg at Tuscarora, Va. Midland Trail at Richwood Mingo Central at Westside Mount View at Liberty Raleigh Nicholas Co. at Oak Hill Nitro at South Charleston Parkersburg Catholic at Calhoun Co. Parkersburg South at Vincent Warren, Ohio Parry McCluer, Va. at Greenbrier East Philip Barbour at Liberty Harrison Pocahontas Co. at East Hardy Point Pleasant at Logan Princeton at Hurricane Ravenswood at Wayne Ritchie Co. at Braxton Co. River View at Man Riverside at George Washington S. Point, Ohio at Lincoln Co. Shady Spring at Independence Sissonville at Scott Spring Valley at Ripley Steubenville, Ohio at Brooke Tucker Co. at Moorefield

Oak Hill Wayne at Symmes Valley at Lucasville Valley Portsmouth West at River Valley at Fairland South Point at Coal Grove Rock Hill

chesapeake 2012 Results

Oak Hill 33, Chesapeake 7 Wayne 58, Chesapeake 12 Chesapeake 29, Symmes Valley 22 Lucasville Valley 46, Chesapeake 13 Portsmouth West 21, Chesapeake 12 Chesapeake 54, River Valley 27 Chesapeake 26, Fairland 19 Chesapeake 40, South Point 6 Coal Grove 46, Chesapeake 14 Chesapeake 25, Rock Hill 7

Last 5 years 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 TOTAL

5-5 7-4 5-5 4-6 4-6 25-26

Lincoln Co. at Lewis Co. Logan at Chapmanville Marietta, Ohio at Parkersburg Meadow Bridge at Pendleton Co. Midland Trail at Van Moorefield at Webster Co. Morgantown at Martinsburg Mount View at Wyoming East Nicholas Co. at Clay Co. Nitro at St. Albans North Marion at Preston Oak Hill at Buckhannon-Upshur Parkersburg South at University Poca at Scott Ravenswood at Williamstown Richwood at Pocahontas Co. River View at James Monroe Riverside at Woodrow Wilson Shady Spring at PikeView Sherando, Va. at Jefferson Sissonville at Wayne Spring Mills at Petersburg Spring Valley at Princeton Tucker Co. at Philip Barbour Tug Valley at Tolsia Valley Fayette at Fayetteville Waterford, Ohio at Wahama Weir at Liberty Harrison Westside at Independence Winfield at Point Pleasant

Tug Valley at Haysi, Va. University at Wheeling Park Valley Wetzel at Notre Dame Wahama at Belpre, Ohio Webster Co. at Roane Co. Wirt Co. at Doddridge Co. Wyoming East at Summers Co.

Saturday, Sept. 21 Bishop Donahue at Bellaire St. John, Ohio Linsly at Wheeling Central Petersburg at Clear Spring, Md.

Friday, Sept. 27 Allegany, Md. at Keyser

Auburn, Va. at Montcalm Berkeley Springs at Oakland Southern, Md. Bishop Donahue at Notre Dame Bluefield at Greenbrier East Braxton Co. at Roane Co. Bridgeport at East Fairmont Brooke at Wheeling Park Buffalo at Gilmer Co. Calhoun Co. at Tyler Consolidated Cameron at Madonna Capital at South Charleston Doddridge Co. at Ritchie Co. East Hardy at Tygarts Valley Fairmont Senior at Elkins Frankfort at Northern - G, Md. Grafton at Robert C. Byrd Greenbrier West at Summers Co. Hampshire at Mountain Ridge, Md. Hundred at Paden City Huntington at Ripley Hurricane at Cabell Midland John Marshall at E. Liverpool, Ohio Liberty Raleigh at Sherman Lincoln at South Harrison

Saturday, Sept. 28 Allderdice, Pa. at Linsly

Clay-Battelle at Bellaire St. John, Ohio Magnolia at Wheeling Central Oak Glen at Steubenville Cath. Cent., Ohio Washington at Handley, Va. Wirt Co. at Parkersburg Catholic

Friday, oct. 4

Bridgeport, Ohio at Madonna Buffalo at Tyler Consolidated Calhoun Co. at South Harrison Capital at Huntington Corning Miller, Ohio at Hannan E. Liverpool, Ohio at Wheeling Park East Fairmont at North Marion East Hardy at Pendleton Co. East Ridge, Ky. at Tug Valley Fairmont Senior at Bridgeport George Washington at Princeton Grafton at Lincoln Greenbrier West at PikeView Herbert Hoover at Poca James Monroe at Chapmanville John Marshall at Musselman Keyser at Hampshire Kiski School, Pa. at Wheeling Central Lewis Co. at Buckhannon-Upshur Liberty Harrison at Braxton Co. Man at Fayetteville McKinley, D.C. at Morgantown Meadow Bridge at Valley Fayette Montcalm at Northwood, Va. Moorefield at Berkeley Springs Mountain Ridge, Md. at Frankfort Oak Hill at Shady Spring Paden City at Cameron Parkersburg at South Charleston Petersburg at Philip Barbour Pocahontas Co. at Bath Co., Va. Point Pleasant at Brooke Preston at Hedgesville Richlands, Va. at Bluefield Ripley at Nitro Ritchie Co. at Ravenswood Robert C. Byrd at Nicholas Co. Sherman at Independence St. Albans at Riverside Summers Co. at Covington, Va. Tucker Co. at Oakland Southern, Md. Tygarts Valley at Gilmer Co. University at Greenbrier East

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Name Nate Smith Wesley Stephens Casey McComas Andrew Saunders Steven Singson Austin Stone Austin Oldaker Nathan Strunk Joey Sherman Shaden White Wes Malavenda J.B. Brammer J.W. Bartrum Blake Ashworth Brad Meadows Chad Meadows Jordan Miller Will Scott Maccoy Brown Grant Hawthorne Timmy Martin Chandler Sexton Quinton Harris Hayden Straight Taze Sites Dakota Clark Jacob Johnson Hunter Davis` Avery Nichols Cole Webb John McFarland Thomas Riley Mark McMillian Cole Black Noah Wallace Austin Carpenter Aaron Thompson

Pos. RB-DB K QB-DB WR-DB RB-DB QB-DB QB-DB WR-DB RB-LB RB-LB WR-DB WR-DB RB-LB WR-DB RB-LB RB-LB RB-DB RB-LB RB-LB RB-LB OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-LB OL-LB OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL WR-DB OL-DL WR-DL

Ht. 5-9 6-1 5-6 6-4 5-4 5-10 5-11 5-10 5-8 5-7 5-7 6-4 5-3 5-9 6-4 6-3 6-0 5-9 5-9 6-0 5-11 5-7 6-0 5-10 5-8 5-9 5-11 6-2 5-10 6-2 6-2 5-9 6-2 5-9 5-5 6-3 6-6

Wt. 145 135 125 160 125 170 155 145 135 150 120 190 140 160 185 220 160 150 205 175 205 230 245 215 180 150 220 190 160 260 215 210 280 170 130 210 235

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Valley Wetzel at Clay-Battelle Van at Richwood Wahama at Racine Southern, Ohio Washington at Martinsburg Wayne at Mingo Central Webster Co. at Liberty Raleigh Weir at Oak Glen Westside at Scott Williamstown at St. Marys Winfield at Spring Valley Woodrow Wilson at Cabell Midland Woodsfield Monroe Cent., Ohio at Magnolia Wyoming East at River View

Saturday, oct. 5 Doddridge Co. at Parkersburg Catholic Notre Dame at Bishop Walsh, Md.

Friday, oct. 11 Bishop Donahue at Madonna

Bluefield at River View Buffalo at Wirt Co. Cabell Midland at Capital Cameron at Hundred Chapmanville at Man Clay Co. at Midland Trail Doddridge Co. at Gilmer Co. Fairmont Senior at Frankfort Hampshire at Buckhannon-Upshur Herbert Hoover at Sissonville Hurricane at George Washington Independence at Summers Co. James Monroe at Westside Jefferson at Millbrook, Va. Keyser at Bridgeport Lewis Co. at North Marion

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Valley Conference preview. Once again, Chesapeake has a formidable non-league schedule. The season opener will be against Oak Hill on Aug. 30. It will be the team’s first home game in two years. The following week, West Virginia Class AA power Wayne pays a visit. The Pioneers are seeking a third straight state title. The Panthers go to Symmes Valley for their first road test followed by a trip to Lucasville Valley. A home game against Portsmouth West wraps up the first half of the season. All but West made the playoffs in 2012. Chesapeake begins OVC play with trips to River Valley and Fairland. Then it’s home against South Point, off to Coal Grove and back home for the finale against Rock Hill. Coal Grove is defending league champion and favored to repeat. “On paper, they’ve got the most back,” Clark said. “I’d like to think we’ll be in the mix.”


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WeST ViRginiA high SchooL 2013 FooTbALL ScheduLeS, conTinued Friday, oct. 11 Lincoln at Ritchie Co.

Lincoln Co. at Greenbrier East Logan at University Mingo Central at Poca Montcalm at Tri-Cities Christian, Tenn. Moorefield at Fayetteville Mount View at Meadow Bridge Musselman at Hedgesville Nicholas Co. at Webster Co. Nitro at Winfield Notre Dame at Liberty Harrison Oak Hill at Point Pleasant Oakland Southern, Md. at Petersburg Parkersburg at Woodrow Wilson Parkersburg South at John Marshall Philip Barbour at Elkins PikeView at Wyoming East Pocahontas Co. at Greenbrier West Princeton at St. Albans Ravenswood at Braxton Co. Richwood at Tygarts Valley Riverside at Spring Valley Robert C. Byrd at East Fairmont Scott at Wayne Shadyside, Ohio at Wheeling Central Sherman at Van Skyline, Va. at Washington South Charleston at Ripley Spring Mills at Martinsburg St. Marys at Calhoun Co. Stewart Federal Hocking, Ohio at Wahama Tolsia at Roane Co. Tucker Co. at East Hardy Twin Valley, Va. at Hannan Valley Fayette at Tug Valley Weir at Magnolia Wheeling Park at Morgantown Williamstown at Oak Glen

Saturday, oct. 12 Paden City at Bowerston Conotton Valley, Ohio South Harrison at Parkersburg Catholic Valley Wetzel at Bellaire St. John, Ohio

Thursday, oct. 17 Martinsburg at Hedgesville Friday, oct. 18 Braxton Co. at Fairmont Senior

Buckhannon-Upshur at Philip Barbour Calhoun Co. at Roane Co. Clay Co. at Sissonville Clay-Battelle at Cameron Clear Spring, Md. at Berkeley Springs Covington, Va. at Pendleton Co. Crown City S. Gallia, Ohio at Wahama Doddridge Co. at Reedsville Eastern, Ohio E. Liverpool, Ohio at Oak Glen Elkins at Wheeling Park George Washington at Cabell Midland Greenbrier East at Logan Hannan at Gilmer Co. Hundred at Hancock, Md. Huntington at Parkersburg Independence at Liberty Raleigh John Marshall at University Keyser at Jefferson Lewis Co. at Oak Hill Liberty Harrison at Grafton Magnolia at St. Marys Man at Sherman Meadow Bridge at Summers Co. Midland Trail at Montcalm Mingo Central at Chapmanville Moorefield at East Hardy Mount View at James Monroe Musselman at Morgantown New Matamoras Frontier, Ohio at Valley Wetzel Nicholas Co. at Lincoln Co. North Marion at Robert C. Byrd Notre Dame at Madonna Paden City at Bishop Donahue Parkersburg Catholic at Valley Fayette Parkersburg South at Brooke PikeView at River View Pocahontas Co. at Tygarts Valley Preston at East Fairmont Ravenswood at Point Pleasant Riverside at Princeton South Harrison at Tyler Consolidated Spring Mills at Hampshire Spring Valley at Nitro

Wayne takes on Keyser in the high school Class AA State Championship on Nov. 30, 2012, at Wheeling Island Stadium in Wheeling, W.Va. The Wayne Pioneers defeated Keyser 35-0 to repeat as state champions. Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch

Buffalo Winfield at St. Albans Wirt Co. at Roane Co. Woodrow Wilson at Oak Hill Wyoming East at Independence

Saturday, nov. 2 Gilmer Co. at Parkersburg Catholic Oak Glen at Point Pleasant

Thursday, nov. 7 Fairmont Senior at East Fairmont Midland Trail at PikeView

St. Albans at Hurricane Tolsia at Scott Van at Tug Valley Washington at Frankfort Wayne at Herbert Hoover Webster Co. at Greenbrier West Westside at Bluefield Williamstown at Wirt Co. Winfield at South Charleston Woodrow Wilson at Capital Wyoming East at Shady Spring

Valley Wetzel at Doddridge Co. Van at Clay-Battelle Wayne at Poca Williamstown at Parkersburg Catholic Winfield at Hurricane Wirt Co. at Calhoun Co.

Saturday, oct. 26 Beallsville, Ohio at Bishop Donahue

Saturday, oct. 19 Weir at Steubenville Cath. Cent., Ohio

Gates Mills Gilmour, Ohio at Linsly St. Joseph’s Catholic, Pa. at Wheeling Central Steubenville Cath. Cent., Ohio at Madonna

Friday, oct. 25 Bellaire St. John, Ohio at Cameron

Friday, nov. 1 Berkeley Springs at Northern - G, Md.

Bluefield at Oak Hill Braxton Co. at Webster Co. Bridgeport at Liberty Harrison Brooke at Weir Buckhannon-Upshur at Fairmont Senior Buffalo at Fayetteville Cabell Midland at Spring Valley Capital at Nitro Chapmanville at Tolsia Clay Co. at Ravenswood Clear Spring, Md. at Spring Mills East Fairmont at Grafton East Hardy at Berkeley Springs Elkins at Lewis Co. Frankfort at Petersburg George Washington at Parkersburg Greenbrier East at Parkersburg South Hampshire at Hedgesville James River-Buchanan, Va. at Greenbrier West Jefferson at Martinsburg John Marshall at Morgantown Liberty Raleigh at James Monroe Lincoln at North Marion Logan at Mingo Central Midland Trail at Hannan Montcalm at Tygarts Valley Musselman at Washington Pendleton Co. at Tucker Co. Philip Barbour at Notre Dame PikeView at Meadow Bridge Pocahontas Co. at Man Point Pleasant at Shady Spring Princeton at Woodrow Wilson Ripley at Lincoln Co. River View at Nicholas Co. Roane Co. at Herbert Hoover Sissonville at Sherman South Charleston at Riverside South Harrison at St. Marys St. Albans at Huntington Summers Co. at Mount View Toronto, Ohio at Hundred Tyler Consolidated at Ritchie Co. University at Preston Valley Fayette at Richwood

Bishop Donahue at Wheeling Central Brooke at John Marshall Cameron at Bridgeport, Ohio Chapmanville at Wayne Clay Co. at Calhoun Co. Corning Miller, Ohio at Wahama E. Liverpool, Ohio at Weir East Hardy at Clear Spring, Md. Elkins at Bridgeport Fayetteville at Greenbrier West Frankfort at Keyser Hedgesville at Jefferson Hurricane at Capital James Monroe at Bluefield Liberty Harrison at Lewis Co. Lincoln at Fairmont Senior Madonna at Toronto, Ohio Magnolia at Steubenville Cath. Cent., Ohio Man at Tug Valley Martinsburg at Musselman Mingo Central at Herbert Hoover Montcalm at Hannan Morgantown at University Nitro at Logan North Marion at Grafton Notre Dame at Clay-Battelle Paden City at South Harrison Parkersburg at Riverside Parkersburg South at Wheeling Park Pendleton Co. at Moorefield Petersburg at Tucker Co. Philip Barbour at East Fairmont Poca at Sissonville Preston at Buckhannon-Upshur Ripley at George Washington Ritchie Co. at Williamstown River View at Lincoln Co. Scott at Robert C. Byrd Shady Spring at Liberty Raleigh Sherman at Meadow Bridge South Charleston at Huntington Spring Mills at Oakland Southern, Md. St. Marys at Ravenswood Summers Co. at Richwood Tolsia at Boyd Co., Ky. Tygarts Valley at Hundred

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Saturday, nov. 9 Hundred at Hannan

Lewis Co. at Point Pleasant Pendleton Co. at Fishburne Military, Va. Tyler Consolidated at Bishop Donahue Wheeling Central at Spring Mills

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PEDRO, Ohio — Rock Hill coach Todd Knipp has issued a challenge of sorts to the offensive line. “We’ll be as good as they play,” Knipp said of the veteran unit up front for the Redmen. “We’re light years ahead over last year. We’re bigger, stronger, faster. They know the assignments.” Knipp’s assessment of the offensive line sort of mirrors the entire team.

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“Tremendous job in the off-season,” Knipp said. “We’re all a lot bigger and stronger. We look like a varsity football team.” The Redmen seek to improve on a 1-9 mark in 2012.

Five of Rock Hill’s regulars up front are seniors, thus the optimism. They are left tackle Bryce Krum, center Seth Mannon, right guard Ethan Baker, right tackle Andrew Nickell and tight end Jordan Hairston. Gabe Marzicola returns at quarterback. The junior started the final five games a year ago. “He’s gotten better,” Knipp said. “He has a better feel for the offense. His arm is stronger and he’s making better reads.”

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Minford at Gallipolis at Oak Hill Portsmouth West Wellston Coal Grove South Point River Valley at Fairland at Chesapeake

Rock hill 2012 results

Minford 40, Rock Hill 0 Lucasville Valley 40, Rock Hill 13 Oak Hill 35, Rock Hill 7 Portsmouth West 35, Rock Hill 7 Wellston 63, Rock Hill 29 Coal Grove 62, Rock Hill 7 South Point 41, Rock Hill 6 Rock Hill 28, River Valley 6 Fairland 50, Rock Hill 7 Chesapeake 25, Rock Hill 7

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Fullbacks are Jonah Cox, Brandon Blankenship and Austin Turley. Halfbacks are Chance Blankenship, Jake Falls, Jake Malone and Shawn Wilds. Austin Collins is the split end. Wing backs are Jordan Blagg and Drew McClaskey. On offense, the Winged-T is back and spread attack is out. “We’ll be more of a possession-type team,” Knipp said. “It’s a breath of fresh air. We have more confidence in it. We have to be consistent in what we do.” On defense, the Redmen feature a 4-4 look. Ends are Baker, Nickell, Brian French, Mannon and Tanner Delong. Tackles are Krum, Brayton Miller, Collin Stevens and Tyler Knisely. Inside linebackers include Hairston, Malone, Brandon Blankenship and Turley. Outside backers are Wilds, Blagg and Cox. Chance Blankenship and Brandon Carpenter work at free safety. Corners are Collins, McClaskey, Falls and Brady Knipp.

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Pos.

Cl.

No.

Name

WR-DB

Jr.

34

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Pos.

Cl.

Brady Knipp

RB-DB

Fr.

3

Jonah Cox

RB-LB

Sr.

44

Austin Turley

RB-LB

Jr.

7

Gabe Marzicola

QB-DB

Jr.

50

Collin Stevens

OL-DL

Jr.

9

Chance Blankenship

RB-DB

So.

52

Tim Boggs

OL-LB

So.

10

Danny Long

QB-LB

So.

11

Brendon McCormick

QB-DB

Fr.

53

Seth Mannon

OL-DL

Sr.

12

Drew McClaskey

RB-DB

Jr.

14

Brandon McCormick

WR-DB

Jr.

15

Austin Collins

WR-DB

Jr.

16

Tristan Matney

RB-LB

Fr.

20

Jake Malone

RB-LB

Sr.

21

Jake Falls

RB-DB

Jr.

22

Tyler Damron

WR-DB

Fr.

23

Heath Carpenter

WR-DB

So.

24

Shawn Wilds

RB-DB

Jr.

25

Brady Adams

TE-LB

Fr.

26

Jordan Blagg

RB-LB

27

Brandon Blankenship

32 33

54

Bryce Krum

OL-DL

Sr.

55

Brian French

OL-DL

So.

56

Ethan Baker

OL-DL

Sr.

58

Nate Malone

OL-DL`

Fr.

63

Brayton Miller

OL-DL

Jr.

67

Bryan Sparks

OL-DL

Sr.

68

Andrew Nickell

OL-DL

Sr.

73

Cameron Haas

OL-DL

Fr.

74

Tyler Dillon

OL-DL

Jr.

75

Matt Murphy

OL-DL

So.

Jr.

76

Brian Simpson

OL-DL

Jr.

RB-LB

Sr.

77

Kendall Webb

OL-DL

Sr.

Matt Malone

RB-LB

Fr.

79

Tyler Knisely

OL-DL

Jr.

Jordan Hairston

TE-LB

Sr.

83

Tanner Delong

TE-DL

So.

“We’ve got competition. It’s going to be fun,” Knipp said. “The older guys got physically ready to run to the ball. They feed off one another. You can’t back off. If you do, someone jumps in and replaces you.” The Redmen had three scrimmages to get the systems down pat. One was against Chesapeake in the Ohio Valley Conference preview. “We’ll work to polish up the offense,” Knipp said. “On defense, just make sure we’re sound. We’re much improved. We scaled things back a bit and it helps us get to the ball better and do what we want to accomplish.” Rock Hill’s non-league schedule features Minford, Gallia Academy, Oak Hill, Portsmouth West and Wellston. No breaks there. “If that doesn’t get you ready, nothing will,” Knipp said. In the OVC, Knipp said defending champion Coal Grove merits top billing again. “Until someone knocks them off,” he said. Fairland has a new coach in Cullen Homolka and Chesapeake has a brand-new facility with field turf. “We have to be good at what we do,” Knipp said.

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Highlanders are ready to take next step Tolsia a mystery team heading into season Talented Knights look to keep on rolling Vikings bring more experience into 2013 Without Wellman, ’Wolves still dangerous Wayne eyeing a three-peat in Class AA Hurricane ready to build on 2012 season Generals look to turn the corner in 2013 Hornets to focus on punishing ground game Ohio roundup Ohio, Kentucky schedules Kentucky roundup Christian era starts at Lincoln County Putnam County roundup Mason County roundup Fairland Dragons bulk up for 2013 season Ironton brings wealth of experience to 2013 South Point ready to push back in 2013 West Virginia 2013 football schedules Healthy ’Peake looks to improve in 2013 Redmen start 2013 ‘bigger, stronger, faster’

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Top row, from left, are Huntington High’s Paden Christian and Cabell Midland’s Kasey Thomas. Bottom row, from left, are Spring Valley’s Tyler Brown and Fairland’s Chance Short. Wayne’s Mason Hodge is featured at right.

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“I’d put those guys up against anyone in the state,” Seals said. “They’ve seen a lot of football and they all have proven themselves well for us.” All-state first team strong safety Clark Wilson moves into the quarterback position vacated by Mark Shaver, who has walked on at Marshall University. Seals said Wilson’s athleticism is undeniable, but he’s still developing that cool of a quarterback that was the trademark of Shaver. “You can tell Clark is a defensive-minded player,” Seals said. “We’d like to see him get to the point where he can calm down and keep the guys up whether it’s a good play or a bad play. He’s working at it, but it will take some time.” Seals said the offensive front is bigger than in years past, but the team is still replacing four guys who had lots of starting experience. The vocal leader of the team is left guard Nigale Cabell, who is joined by center Josh Fraley as the 2012 starters back along the front. “He (Cabell) looked at me the other day and said ‘This is my senior year. I want to get it right,’” Seals said. “He’s definitely stepped up and taken the leadership role, and, as I tell all the seniors, the time is ticking. Everything they do from here on is the last time for high school.”

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Joining Cabell and Fraley on the front will be tackles Kyle Blankenship, Cameron Oney and Jacob Blackburn while right guard will be Dwan Wheeler with Shamar Ingram also in the mix. “We feel like we’re more physical this year up front,” Seals said. “With the number of guys we lost last year, we feel like it will take some time but this group of guys will be very good football players. Defensively, the front for Huntington High could be among the best in the state with both size and speed on the outside. The middle of the defensive front is Ingram and Cabell — a pair of brutish tackles — while the end positions could be highlighted by virtual unknown Kilan Nicks, who formerly played for national power Mallard Creek (N.C.). “When you come back with two heavy hammers like Shamar and Nigale inside, you have to feel good,” Seals said. “Kilan has been a nice surprise for us as well and we have Kyle Blankenship there, too, who was a starter last year.” Nicks, who is the brother of Arick Nicks (also a defensive end), is a 6-foot-5, 245-pound defensive end with speed to bring down ball carriers on the outside. At linebacker, Greg May and Matt Shaver returns as starters while Ryan Gatrell and Stefan Gibbs also have experience. The secondary features Crawford and Brandon Morrison at the corners while Wilson returns to the safety spot.

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Huntington High schedule Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8

at Hurricane Spring Valley at Woodrow Wilson Cabell Midland at Ripley Capital at Parkersburg St. Albans South Charleston at Winfield

Huntington High 2012 results

Huntington High 63, Lincoln County 8 Huntington High 17, Spring Valley 0 Huntington High 21, Winfield 3 Huntington High 44, Parkersburg 0 Cabell Midland 14, Huntington High 13 Huntington High 30, Woodrow Wilson 22 Huntington High 37, Logan 18 Huntington High 35, Greenbrier East 14 Huntington High 34, Riverside 0 Capital 48, Huntington High 14 Huntington High 69, Elkins 32 Morgantown 35, Huntington High 14

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9-3 8-4 4-6 0-10 1-9 22-32

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No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 25 26 27 29 30 32

Name Stefan Gibbs Charles Crawford Ryan Gatrell Brandon Morrison Jordan Schneider Johnathan Spence Nick Tubbs Chase Mann Ian Simms Seth Porter Paden Christian Jacob Fraley Clark Wilson Logan Martin John Samson Dominic Allen Jaylen Adaway Brian Johnson Tyler Broce Plez Marshall Brandon Drakes Zack Adkins Torres Johnson Tyler Brumfield Dionne Jackson Donte Slash Noah Toney Greg May Joey Mundy

Pos. RB-LB RB-DB WR-LB RB-DB RB-LB WR-DB WR-DB TE-DE RB-DB RB-LB RB-LB WR-DB QB-FS WR-DB QB-DB RB-LB QB-FS WR-DB QB-DB RB-DB WR-DB TE-LB WR-DB WR-DB RB-DB WR-DB RB-LB RB-LB TE-LB

Ht. 5-11 5-10 6-3 5-10 5-10 5-9 6-0 6-4 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-11 5-11 5-11 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 5-10 6-0 5-11 5-9 5-11 5-10 6-0 6-0

Wt. 180 175 200 175 180 155 170 175 165 175 170 160 180 175 150 165 165 165 160 170 165 170 165 170 160 160 170 205 190

Cl. Jr. Sr. So. Jr. So. Sr. Sr. Jr. So. Jr. Sr. Sr. Jr. So. Jr. Sr. So. Sr. So. So. So. So. So. Jr. So. Jr. So. Sr. Sr.

No. 33 35 36 43 50 51 53 54 56 57 58 59 60 61 63 65 70 71 72 73 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83

Name Arick Nicks Bryce Clark Kyle McCoy Zack Bartrum Matt Shaver Cameron Oney Shamar Ingram Austin Budd Deric Rankin Tevin Thomas Kyle Blankenship Jacob Blackburn John Miller Kris Van Camp Connor Farrell Bryce Wooten Kaleb Krantz Jordan Adams Zach Turner Nigale Cabell Myles Robertson Trevor Wilson Josh Fraley Dwan Wheeler Austin McClain Corey Romans Kilan Nicks Chase Bockway Zach Stevens

Pos. TE-DE RB-LB RB-LB WR-DB OL-LB OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL

Ht. 6-5 5-9 5-10 5-7 5-10 6-2 5-10 6-2 5-10 6-0 6-0 6-0 5-10 6-0 5-11 5-10 6-0 6-2

Wt. 245 175 185 140 190 235 235 185 220 220 215 210 220 215 240 285 270 250

Cl. Sr. Jr. So. So. Jr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Sr. So. Sr. So. Jr. So. Jr.

OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL OL-DL TE-DL WR-DE TE-DL K

5-11 6-0 5-11 6-0 6-0 5-11 6-0 6-5 6-0 6-1

230 275 215 245 245 220 205 245 200 175

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Tolsia a mystery team heading into season By BEN FIELDS

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GLENHAYES, W.Va. — Tolsia Rebels football coach Mike Smith knows he’s got 33 players dressed for the 2013 season. How the Class AA team will come together is still anyone’s guess. The Rebels went 0-10 in 2011, but made remarkable progress last season, evening out at 5-5. Just looking at the records, it would seem the Rebels are due to improve even more in 2013. But last year’s squad had 13 seniors. Going into 2013, Tolsia is heavy with freshmen and sophomores, while only having six seniors on the roster. “I think we have tremendous potential, maybe not for this season, but maybe for down the road,” Smith said. “I think we’re always going to struggle

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a little bit just because of numbers. It kind of puts you in a situation where, if you lose one or two guys, it could change your entire season. “That’s something that I think we will struggle with this season. Our top 15, 16 guys are pretty solid, but you start getting into the number twos and you’re going from an 18-year-old senior to a 14-year-old freshman, if you’ve been around this sport you know what a difference that is.” The Rebels return a stout defense, but Smith is still trying to figure out what will work when it comes to gen-

erating points. Among the departures from the 2012 squad were starting quarterback Blake Roberts, wide receiver Morgan Williamson, receiver/ running back Dakota Robertson and running back Terry Davis. “I can’t really say who our key guys are going to be because it’s still kind of up in the air,” Smith said in an interview 11 days before the start Smith of the season. “Offensively, in our first scrimmage, we really weren’t productive at all. We’re starting four freshmen and a sophomore on the offensive line. I don’t know if that’s going to be the norm

Location: Glenhayes, W.Va. Nickname: Rebels Classification: Class AA Stadium: Rebel Stadium 2012 record: 5-5

Tolsia roster, schedule, records

or if things will change, but I do know we’ve got to get a whole lot better up front. We’ve got some big bodies, it’s just a situation where, if they grow up in a hurry, we can be decent. If they don’t, it’s probably going to be a long season.” The Rebels do return running back Brandon Ward, who saw some action last season, including a 56-yard touchdown run in a victory over Poca. Tolsia faces a challenge right out of the gate, opening its season at Wayne. The Pioneers have won back-to-back Class AA state titles. Other tests include an Oct. 18 game at Scott, and a Nov. 1 match up at Kentucky Class 4A school Boyd County. The Rebels best season of late came in 2006, when Tolsia went 11-3 and finished as Class AA runner up.


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Talented Knights look to keep on rolling

By GRANT TRAYLOR The Herald-Dispatch

Cabell Midland

ONA — In 2012, Cabell Midland used a power rushing attack to roll its way into the Class AAA title game against Martinsburg. Gone are running backs David Gaydosz and Lowell Farley, but the Knights are reloaded in the backfield and have the tools necessary to make another run at the playoffs. “Expectations are high from them and they want to do well,” Cabell Midland head coach Luke Salmons said. “They feel like they are part of something.” The Knights’ backfield will be alive and well with a pair of additions — Huntington High’s Donte Hendricks and Point Pleasant’s Teran Barnitz — as well as returnees Kasey Thomas and Alex Childers. Salmons likes what his entire backfield brings to the table.

“They’re great players and Kasey Thomas is back and will be really good this year,” Salmons said. “He’s coming off an injury where he was never 100 percent last year and Childers is a tough kid — pound-for-pound, one of our strongest. “That’s part of the system, though. They are all good players and are all capable of carrying the ball.” Coy Pettit returns at quarterback after helping lead the Knights to the championship game in 2012. “He’s just improved drastically,” Salmons said. “He’s so much bigger and

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others in several areas. stronger and that’s helped him make all Pass targets will include veteran tight the throws. He’s about 175 (pounds) now. ends Tanner Chapman and Brooks GilHe’s not 145 or 150 where he was. He lispie while Thomas will split out can definitely help us win games.” Whether it’s Pettit in the passoccasionally with A.J. Riddle. ing game or the stable of running Defensively, the Knights backs, none will be able to flourish return many of the pieces from without the big guys up front. last season’s state runner-up Especially with Salmons being a team. former offensive lineman himself, Along the front, they lost his eyes are always on the work Gage Gould, but three of four being done in the trenches. So far, guys return, led by Tyler Hayes, he is pleased with the progress of who wreaked havoc along with Salmons his group. Gould. “Every day they’ve gotten betThe tackles inside are Caleb ter,” Salmons said. “They’re aggressive, Farley and Brett Mabry while the end physical and smart.” opposite Hayes will likely be Isaac GibThe tackles will be Derek Adkins son. Salmons said he would have as and Nathan Jefferson while Zach many as eight or nine players platoon into Postin and Cody Ballengee will be the the defensive front. guards. Matt McClung is at the center position and John Dejarnett will spell Please see KNIGHTS/13E

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at Wayne Mingo Central at Sissonville Herbert Hoover Tug Valley at Roane County at Scott Chapmanville at Boyd County (Ky.) Poca

Tolsia 2012 results

Scott 28, Tolsia 6 Point Pleasant 40, Tolsia 2 Tolsia 12, Fairland 9 Tolsia 46, Herbert Hoover 7 Tug Valley 18, Tolsia 14 Tolsia 14, Sissonville 7 Mingo Central 22, Tolsia 20 Wayne 49, Tolsia 6 Tolsia 40, Chapmanville 32 Tolsia 32, Poca 14

Last 5 years 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 TOTAL

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Name

Cl.

Zach Adkins

So.

John Newsome

Jr.

Levi Britt

Fr.

Cameron Nichols

Fr.

Brian Campbell II

Fr.

Zachary Perry

Sr.

Tyler Cavins

Sr.

Logan Presley

Fr.

J.B. Collier

Sr.

Luke Presley

So.

Jeb Evans

Fr.

Cory Robinson

Fr.

Dakota Hamilton

Sr.

Blake Rose

So.

Aaron Hardwick

So.

Cody Salmons

Jr.

Jennings Holland

So.

Donovan Salmons

Jr.

Brendan Justice

Jr.

Tyler Senters

Jr.

Gabriel Kelly

Sr.

Tyler Sizemore

Fr.

Chase Kincaid

Sr.

Bobby Spurlock

Fr.

Logan Lucas

So.

Steven Stacy

Fr.

Nathan Marshall

Sr.

Tyler Stroud

So.

Jacob Maynard

So.

Robert Thompson

Fr.

Tristan McComas

Fr.

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