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Clay-Battelle High School

BLACKSVILLE — Clay-Battelle took a major step forward last season just by qualifying to the Class A playoffs.

However, the Cee-Bees ran into a buzzsaw by the name of eventual state champion Ritchie County and fell, 36-14.

While disappointed in the loss, head coach Ryan Wilson, who is embarking on his 28th season at the helm, realizes that last season could serve as a true building block for this fall.

Clay-Battelle will be led by the return of quarterback Carson Shriver, who was an All-State pick at quarterback. He enters the season with 2,580 career rushing yards.

Additional important pieces return as well. Zach Hall is one to keep an eye on. According to Walton, he will play at both wide receiver and running back.

The biggest key for Clay-Battelle will be the development of the line where graduation claimed multiple starters on both sides of the ball.

Another factor for the Cee-Bees will be a challenging schedule, which includes a date with both Cameron and East Hardy. Those teams were the first and third seed, respectively, in last season’s playoffs.