No Football Season in ’14 for ‘The Hundred 14’
“The Hundred 14” will not be playing football this season.
According to the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission, athletes who are enrolled at a school can’t transfer and play immediately, even if the school doesn’t offer the sport.
They would be required to sit out for a year before gaining eligibility and would not be able to transfer to a school that had a football team within the Wetzel County lines.
“The athletes are only eligible at the school they are enrolled in,” WVSSAC Executive Director Gary Ray. “They can’t go to another school and participate in any other sports (without sitting out for a year).”
All 14 members of the players who were competing in football for the Hornets are enrolled at Hundred.
Last Tuesday, Hundred made the announcement that with 14 members it would not be able to field at team. Football coach Rex Rush said he had hoped to get 18 players by that date, and that didn’t happen.
Hundred has struggled in the last few years. It has not won a football game since 2010, when it beat Rappahannock County (Va.) 53-13 in the season finale.
The Hornets had lost 29 straight games heading into this season.
Ray said the possibility exists that the school might add another sport to take the place of football.
“I’ve talked to the superintendent (Wetzel County Superintendent Dennis Albright) and they are working to maybe provide a different sport they can play,” Ray said. “All they would have to do is get in the required number of practices and they can participate. It’s up to the school to do that if they choose.”
Cross country has been mentioned as a potential substitute.
Rush and Albright could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.