Football Preview 2018

Southern Looks to Continue Its Upward Trend

By CODY TOMER SALINEVILLE—Improvement continues to be the main focus at Southern Local this season. The last three years, the Indians have increased their win totals from two, to four and five last year. In his fourth year as head coach, Rich Wright is hoping to increase the victory ...

South Hopes to Close Gap

By DOMINIC CATACORA PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South coach Mike Eddy and company know the challenges of competing in Class AAA very well. “It’s been disappointing for us the last two years. The last two years we’ve missed the playoffs by a tenth of a point. In both of those ...

Colts Thinking State Title

By SETH STASKEY BYESVILLE — Jeff Twiddy isn’t bashful as it pertains to what he thinks about his 2018 Meadowbrook Colts. “From Day 1 (when I was hired), the expectation has been to win a state championship and I don’t want to sound cocky or arrogant, but the expectation of this team ...

McKivitz Soaking It All In

By SETH STASKEY MORGANTOWN — Colton McKivitz admits there are times when he has to snap himself back into reality. Who could blame him though for getting caught up in the moment at times? After all, McKivitz is embarking on his third season as a starting offensive lineman at West ...

WVU Taking Full Advantage of Transfer Rule

By JIM BUTTA MORGANTOWN — It would be hard pressed to find a fan of West Virginia University football who hasn’t heard of Will Grier, David Sills V, Gary Jennings Jr., Yodny Cajuste, David Long Jr. or Dravon Askew-Henry. But, when it comes to the 2018 Mountaineer football program, it ...

Big 12: Eers, Sooners Picked for Title Tilt

By JIM BUTTA MORGANTOWN — When the 10 head coaches from the Big 12 got together for the league’s annual preseason Media Days in Frisco, Texas, there was little surprised when the media covering the conference released its first poll of the year. Oklahoma, which had been selected to win ...

Badgers Give West Hope of Ending Dominance

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer The Big Ten West might not be best, but it is getting closer to challenging the East Division’s conference dominance. Wisconsin returns the entire offensive line and a 1,900-yard rusher from its record-setting 13-win team, and some see the ...

MHS Is All About Team

By JOE SMITH MORGANTOWN — As the early morning heat bore down on Pony Lewis Field at Morgantown High School, Coach Matt Lacy led the Mohigans through an exercise in discipline and conditioning. The MHS squad was running 40-yard sprints, but there was a catch involved — the players were ...

Key Seniors Will Lead Youthful University

By CODY TOMER MORGANTOWN—The 2017 season will go down in the history books for head coach John Kelley and the University football program. The Hawks completed a perfect regular season and were toward the top of the high school rankings all year, before falling in the second round of the ...

Gaydos, Caldwell Seek Return to Winning Ways

By MIKE MORRISON CALDWELL — After a combined total of seven wins over the past two seasons, the Caldwell Redskins have their sights set on playing winning football once again in 2018. Third-year coach Grant Gaydos will got to battle with a team reminiscent of the Redskins team that made ...

Ohio University Loaded for Long Haul in MAC

By RICK THORP DETROIT — Ohio University ended its 2017 season with a bang, crushing UAB, 41-6, in the Bahamas Bowl. Despite that, the Bobcats cleaned out their lockers with a bitter taste in their mouths. A 9-4 campaign was one that failed to yield a Mid-American Conference championship, ...

Meyer’s Availability Clouds Season at Ohio State

By RICK THORP COLUMBUS — Ohio State will take the field a week from Saturday. And when it does, it will need to put the turmoil that’s surrounded the program during the last month aside and focus on the Week 1 opponent — Oregon State. No matter who’s steering the ship — Urban ...

Edison Graduate Shane O’Brien Takes Over at Alma Mater

By AARON PETCHAL RICHMOND — A new chapter for the Edison football team begins this season. In February, Shane O’Brien was named head coach of his alma mater, replacing Nate Moses who resigned after one season. O’Brien, a 2012 graduate, served as an assistant coach for the Wildcats for ...

Barnesville Looking to Apply Lessons Learned

By SETH STASKEY BARNESVILLE — In many ways, the 2017 Barnesville season was a learning experience. Coach Blake Allen, who experienced his fair share of learning last season, is now looking for his team to take what it learned and apply it to the upcoming season. How quickly they’re ...

Cadiz Graduate Hayes Takes Over at Harrison

By KIM NORTH CADIZ — Anthony Hayes, a 1996 Cadiz graduate, has taken over the Harrison Central reins after veteran head coach Justin Kropka stepped down following last season — his 13th. However, Hayes is no stranger to the Husky program as he served as an assistant coach for 11 years ...

Ischy Filling Captain Chair at Monroe Central

By RICK THORP WOODSFIELD — As his players readied for Media Day outside of his office, Josh Ischy sat behind his desk rifling through a myriad of paperwork. Ischy is a familiar face inside the Jay Circosta Fieldhouse, but not one accustomed to being seated in “the captain’s ...

SEC: Alabama, Georgia on Collision Course Again

By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer Georgia coach Kirby Smart gave mentor Nick Saban and Alabama a run for their money in the national championship game — and did it again in the offseason. Smart brought in the nation’s top recruiting class and stayed on point with Saban-like messages ...

Bruney, Jesuit Set To Kick Off Inaugural Season

By JOSH STROPE WHEELING — A new era begins for Wheeling Jesuit University this fall as football finally comes to the school. Martins Ferry native Zac Bruney was hired last year to build the program from scratch and the team took to the field during the second week of August to ...

ACC: Clemson Shooting for Fourth Straight Title

By AARON BEARD AP Sports Writer RALEIGH, N.C. — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney isn’t changing how the Tigers approach each season — and there’s no reason he should. The repetition is working. His program is the unquestioned Atlantic Coast Conference favorite again and has become a ...

Pac-12: Huskies in Search of League Redemption

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES — Chris Petersen spent the past half-decade building a powerhouse at Washington, and his latest group is the strong favorite to win the Pac-12 title while leading the league’s quest to regain national respectability. So why was Petersen so ...