Football Preview 2018

Super Six Marks 25 Years in Wheeling

By JOSH STROPE WHEELING — When you say “Super Six” to most people in West Virginia, they know immediately what you are talking about. The Super Six is more than just a few football games. It is an experience. It is a destination. It is the goal of every player that straps on a helmet ...

Big, Experienced Line Will Be Strength for Park

By JOSH STROPE WHEELING — Coaches around the state have been waiting for the day former Wheeling Park quarterback Cross Wilkinson graduated. That day has come but don’t expect Wheeling Park to be “easy pickings.” In fact, Patriots coach Chris Daugherty is thrilled with what he has ...

Central Primed for Run at Another Repeat Title

By JOSH STROPE WHEELING — Mike Young will be the first one to tell you that “expectations are always high” at Wheeling Central. And coming off a state championship, they are about as sky-high as you could imagine. “This is definitely a group we are proud of what they ...

Depew, Linsly Primed for Another Banner Year

By BUBBA KAPRAL WHEELING — The 2017 season was a special one for Linsly. The ensuing campaign could be another. The Cadets rolled to a 9-2 mark en route to claiming the OVAC 3A championship. Coach B.J. Depew’s charges pocketed several impressive victories in putting together a nine-game ...

Maturity, Continuity Key Words for Mountaineers

By JIM BUTTA MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University coach Dana Holgorsen has a number of reasons to believe this year’s Mountaineers will be much better than the ones he led during his first seven seasons in Morgantown. The first is a very simple one. “Maturity, more than ...

Willis, John Marshall Seek Return Playoff Trip

By SHAWN RINE GLEN DALE — Jason Willis has been around the John Marshall program for decades, first as the team’s quarterback in the early 1990s and most recently as a longtime assistant coach. So when the head coach position came open with the retirement of Rick Goodrich, Willis knew it ...

McLean Impressed by Brooke’s Sophomore Class

By KYLE LUTZ WELLSBURG — On the first official day they could practice, coach Mac McLean and his Brooke squad wasted no time, literally. At the stroke of midnight on Sunday, July 29, McLean and the Bruins got together at Brooke field to begin the 2018 season. “We started practice at ...

Franke Takes Over for Meek With Red Knights

By AARON PETCHAL TORONTO — Toronto is looking to get back on track after a disappointing end to 2017. The Red Knights began the season 4-1 but lost its last five games to finish at 4-6 and miss the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Toronto’s wins came against Bridgeport, Edison, ...

Tyler Hungry for Improvement, Taking Next Step

By CODY TOMER SISTERSVILLE—Tyler Consolidated football coach Ryan Walton and his Silver Knights were not pleased with how the 2017 campaign ended. The Knights finished the year with a 5-5 record and just missed the playoffs, leaving a bitter taste in their mouths. “We let a couple of ...

Valley Takes on Youthful Look

By BUBBA KAPRAL PINE GROVE — Logan Miller starts Year 3 as head coach at Valley. It is a season that harbors much promise. Despite the loss of some quality talent via graduation, the Lumberjacks are far from void of skilled performers. “We are going to be a young football team this ...

Madonna Looks To Return to Playoffs

By RALPH COX WEIRTON — After returning Madonna football to the playoffs for the first time since 2013, Darrin Hicks hopes the culture of playoff football is again something that is expected at the small Catholic school on Weirton Heights. Hicks has nine lettermen but only four seniors ...

Shadyside’s Holenka Pleased With Tigers’ Depth

By SETH STASKEY SHADYSIDE — Mark Holenka has a lot of hobbies, but other than helping his grandchildren, putting jigsaw puzzles together usually isn’t high on the list. The Shadyside head football coach may grow to enjoy them even more as he embarks on his 12th season at his alma ...

Depth a Concern for Daley, Steubenville Catholic

By ED LOOMAN STEUBENVILLE — Steve Daley isn’t exactly stuck between a rock and a hard place as he gets his Steubenville Catholic Central football team ready for the 2018 season, but he is pretty darn close. With a boatload of starters back on both sides of the ball, the veteran coach is ...

Team Chemistry Strong as Magnolia Eyes Playoffs

By CODY TOMER NEW MARTINSVILLE—As Magnolia football coach Dave Chapman watches his team practice in the early going of the 2018 season, he notices three things. Team chemistry, speed and a group of seniors itching to finish their careers the way they started—with a state ...

Expectations High Around Bellaire Program

By SETH STASKEY BELLAIRE — Mark Spigarelli is certainly aware of the expectations that surround the Bellaire football program. After all, other than a handful of seasons that he spent coaching at West Liberty, Spigarelli has been a part of the Big Reds program since his playing in the mid ...

Martins Ferry Begins the Chas Yoder Era

By KIM NORTH MARTINS FERRY — Chas Yoder played football at Martins Ferry where he was an all-stater and Eastern District Defensive Player of the Year following the 2004 season. After a stellar career at Mount Union and several years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, he is now the ...

Herbert Optimistic About Buckeye

By RICK DELUCA CONNORVILLE — Roger Herbert came to Buckeye Local last fall set on re-building the football program. He endured a winless season as the school’s third coach in three years. Talking to Herbert, it takes just a minute of the conversation to see that he is a coach that looks ...

Ray Next in Line to Try to Revive Bridgeport

By KIM NORTH BRIDGEPORT — The head coaching carousel at Bridgeport continues in 2018 as Martins Ferry native Fred Ray takes over the helm. The 37-year-old follows in the footsteps of another Martins Ferry alum, Gary Krol, who led Bridgeport to a 3-7 mark in his lone season. Krol took over ...

Graduation Takes Heavy Toll on Union Local

By SETH STASKEY MORRISTOWN — Someone may have to pinch Bernie Thompson. The personable, 25-year old has actually been pinching himself basically every day since March when he hired as the football coach at his alma mater, Union Local. “It’s still a little surreal,” Thompson said ...

Cee-Bees’ Wilson: I Think We’ll Be Fun to Watch

By KYLE LUTZ BLACKSVILLE — Clay-Battelle coach Ryan Wilson knows how much of a challenge it is to get in the playoffs, especially in Class A. While finishing with a record of 6-4 in 2017, the Cee-Bees failed to make it to the postseason for the second year in a row with a winning record. ...