C&C 1st Annual Coalfields Coaching Clinic

Coalfields & Co. 1st Annual Coalfields Coaching Clinic

       Coalfields and Company are proud to announce our First Annual West Virginia Coaches Clinic. This year we have speakers from each corner of the state and including coaches from the local universities.

This year’s clinic is going to be held at the Tamarack in Beckley, WV. The date of the clinic is going to be January 20th with registration opening up at 8:00AM.

Register early and take your family to the Winterplace Ski Resort on a discounted price. Register before January 3rd to receive the deal.

Online registration will be available on December 30th.

Clinic Brochure Below

Clinic Schedule

 

Clinic Ticket

Purchase a Clinic online before showing up to the event!

$40.00

C&Co. Triple A Awards

Offensive Player of the Year

Tyson Bagent (QB) Martinsburg

 

Defensive Player of the Year

Owen Porter (LB) Spring Valley

 

Special Teams Player of the Year

Jadon Hayes (KR/PR) Huntington

 

Lineman of the Year

Darnell Wright (OL) Huntington

 

Newcomer of the Year

Kerry Martin Jr. (QB) Capital

 

Coach of the Year

Dave Walker (HC) Martinsburg

 

Career Performance Award

Cross Wilkinson (QB) Wheeling Park

 

All-State Snub List

Jarod Bowie (WR) Martinsburg

Malakai Brown (WR) Hedgesville

Owen Chafin (RB) Spring Valley

Payton Lunsford (LB) Hurricane

Jake Rife (OL) Musselman

C&Co. Double A Awards

Offensive Player of the Year

Mookie Collier (RB) Bluefield

Defensive Player of the Year

Jake Bowen (DB) Bridgeport

Special Teams Player of the Year

George Triplett (K/P) Elkins

Lineman of the Year

Dante Stills (DL) Fairmont Senior

Newcomer of the Year

Connor Neal (QB) Fairmont Senior

Coach of the Year

Fred Simon (HC) Bluefield

Career Performance Award

Jeremy Dillon (QB) Mingo Central

All-State Snub List

Dalton Fields (OL) Mingo Central

Monroe Mohler (RB) James Monroe

Evan Rose (RB) Pikeview

Kenneth Stahl (WR) North Marion

Josh Wamsley (WR) Point Pleasant

C&CO. Single A Awards

Offensive Player of the Year

Freddy Canary (RB) South Harrison

 

Defensive Player of the Year

Brett Tharp (DB) East Hardy

 

Special Teams Player of the Year

Jeremiah Johnston (R) Richwood

 

Lineman of the Year

Andrew Richmond (DL) Summers County

 

Newcomer of the Year

Curtis McGhee (QB) Wheeling Central/Adam Murray (LB) Wheeling Central

 

Coach of the Year

Mike Young (HC) Wheeling Central

 

Career Performance Award

Jaiden Smith (RB) St. Marys

 

All-State Snub List

Curtis James (LB) Doddridge County

Cordell Lesher (LB) Midland Trail

Brooks Parsons (WR) Magnolia

Clay Skovron (QB) East Hardy

Jeremy Smith (OL) St. Marys

Coalfields & CO – Year in Review

With another football season come and gone, and us now spending time pent up in our houses while the snow comes down. It’s a good time to look back and see what went on in the 2017 football season. This was one was as memorable as any, with surprises all over the place and things going pretty much the way everyone thought it would go. We had upsets, we had disappointments, we had players make breakthroughs, and we had teams achieve everything that they set out to achieve. All in all, it was a great year, a year where you could debate number ones throughout the entire season and playoff chances came down to the last week.

 

Breakout Years

We had players that really began to show the type of players they were. Being able to take yourself from a relative unknown player into a player that most fans know is an incredible achievement. Especially in the day and age that we are in.

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  • Kerry Martin (QB, Capital) – The talk about this kid in the off-season was the sense of unknown. No one was really sure if he would develop into a top tier QB in the state or would be a reliable athletic threat that has weapons around him. The first one occurred. He put himself on the map, and possible Kennedy Award Candidate in 2018. The QB picked up a Cincinnati offer throughout the season and put the Cougars on his back in multiple games. This kid is fun to watch and to have a chance to watch him again next year is one to look forward to.

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  • Jeremiah Johnston (RB, Richwood) – An explosive Sophomore from backside of Nicholas County. His name started popping up almost every week midway throughout the year. It was enough where we had to sit down and find his film on the internet. This kid is legit, and he has two more years to go. We can’t wait to see what else he will do, be on the lookout for the Lumberjacks to make a run in the next couple of years.

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  • Malakai Brown (WR, Hedgesville) – The numbers that this kid was through the roof. Almost unbelievable the amount of production this kid did. Not only did he do it in a season, but he did it in his Sophomore season! 81 catches for 1393 yards on 15 touchdowns. There are players who don’t achieve that in a career, much less a season. This kid is special and is one people need to keep a lookout for the next two seasons.

 

Teams That Shocked Us

Going into ranking teams before the season, there is typically a lot of uncertainty when you come out of the first five or six teams in the division. It falls it trying to predict the unknown and use word of mouth to hear who is good and who isn’t. These teams shocked us for a variety of reasons.

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  • John Marshall – These guys came out of no where. I know they knew they were going to be a good squad this year but it didn’t make it down our way. Not playing a lot of in state schools tend to push teams under the radar, but once they knocked off Morgantown, everyone knew that they were legit. Made even more impressive by beating a MSAC team in the first round of the playoffs. The word is that they are going to be better next year, and looking to make another run.

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  • Wheeling Park – We had lofty expectations for the Patriots and for a variety of reasons they didn’t quite meet those. They still made the playoffs and still had a successful season but we had them in the running for a possible state title contender, having them ranked at a pre-season #4. They lost 3 games by a score or less, a bounce one way or another could’ve changed their entire season. You just never know, but it did shock us to an extent to where they ended up.

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  • Liberty Harrison – A team that crept up on the majority of the state throughout the year and no one was really sure how good of a team they were. They recorded one of their best seasons in recent history and capped it off with a win in the playoffs.

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  • Summers County – With a coach leaving right before the season and a shaky start to begin the year. The Bobcats fell off the radar, but they found fire late in the season. They came into the playoffs with a favorable matchup in the brackets. Knocking off two top 5 teams in the process for a Semi-Final berth. One of the bigger surprises of the year and one that shows that it’s a full season of work that determines your season.

 

MSAC Proved It’s Worth

The MSAC again showed that it is still the toughest conference in West Virginia. The brutality of the schedules that these teams have to play is insane to watch. It was almost weekly that we could’ve chosen the state game of the week from the MSAC. 3 of the 4 Semi-finalists came from the conference and the conference had a total of 8 playoff teams. Literally half of the playoff teams came from the league, on the other side of that is that Triple A only has 29 total teams and those numbers should came out to around there.

The beauty of the conference is that each team had its strengths and weaknesses this season. While one team just had another teams number, that same team would struggle against another. The parity in the conference this year was fantastic to watch. Even though the Huntington Highlanders swept through the conference in the regular season, the opening matchup with Spring Valley was not with exception with the weather and it being Spring Valley’s opening game.

For Spring Valley, it was an utter domination at the hands of the Hurricane Redskins that made us ask the question if they could make a run this season. Then questions with Cabell Midland, even though their record didn’t match their ability, it was always a question of will their defense hold up and can this year’s team take the next step. Capital, it was always about them, you would see them go out and put on a great performance but fall over themselves at times to question if they were for real or not.

What can be said, it was another fun year of the conference. We saw many great players that will go on to have great college careers. We saw coaches coach their tails off and make their teams be as great as they could. It is a game of inches, and this conference can define that statement.

 

The Beauty of the Unknown – Single A Football in West Virginia

A Ten Seed won the State Championship.

The Semi-finals included a matchup between the 12 and 10 seed in the division.

Week in and week out, watching the unknown of outcomes made it awesome to debate and talk about throughout the season. There was times where we would see teams have a great record and we were like how in the world did they do that, that probably occurred 5 or 6 times. It made ranking the teams, especially after the top 5 very difficult at times and I’m sure people had their own doubts.

The division sort of played out to where we thought it would end up, did we see Wheeling Central winning it all this year, I don’t think any of us did. We did see the heavy weights come up and prove that they were going to be good. East Hardy, St. Marys, South Harrison, and Midland Trail all did what we thought they would do. Wheeling Central was a slight unknown as we knew they were sort of young, but didn’t know if this would be the season they would grow up.

Below that, Cameron put on another great season but just got the worst possible matchup for them in the first round. Webster County came from no where with a great season, finishing the regular season ranked in the top 5. Richwood and Jeremiah Johnston put together a late season run that squeezed them into playoffs.

I could on and on about teams that were on fire then fell off, or teams that did the opposite with a late season run. There were teams that disappointed this season and didn’t do nearly as much as we predicted they would. There were great battles that determined who were the best teams in the state, and there were absolute shockers that made us question everything. That’s the beauty of Single A Football, and that’s why it needs to stay for as long as it can.

 

The Beavers Did it

We wrote at the beginning of the year quite a bit on the Bluefield Beavers. It was a topic for great discussion and one that led to disagreements amongst the staff. They proved a lot of us wrong with how far they came this season. From an opening season win in the biggest game of the year against a team that seemed to out gun Bluefield all over the field, to a late season run that showed them to be nearly unstoppable at points.

The best part about their season and their run, is that they beat almost everyone that anyone could make an argument would be better than them. They literally removed all doubt this season.

Opening Game Win against Graham – Check

Beat Triple A Opponents Three Weeks in a Row – Check

Beat Virginia Power Richlands – Check

Beat Year in and Year Out Contender Point Pleasant – Check(Twice)

Beat Bridgeport – Check

Beat Star Studded Fairmont – Check

Their resume is impressive, went an entire year without a blemish. They rightfully deserved the title this season, and removed all arguments from the C&C staffroom.

 

 

 

Would’ve loved a rematch between them and the Miners though.

 

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Thanks From Us

We had an incredible time this year doing this. For us, the joy came from the people reading it. We do this for fun but you guys made it even better. The future is bright, brighter than it seems. For us, we have much more to do, and much more to come.

So from all of us at Coalfields & Co, Thank you!

Super Six Preview

AAA

#4 Spring Valley vs #2 Martinsburg

Spring Valley C&Co. Rating: 77.3

Martinsburg C&Co. Rating: 84.1

 

Martinsburg Offense vs Spring Valley Defense

Martinsburg’s offense presents Spring Valley with a major problem.  They can beat you either way.  They can run the ball behind Jackson and Grantham (The Timberwolves’ kryptonite last year) with Trey Sine potentially mixing in.  Behind a very good and experienced offensive line that is up to the challenge of the huge Spring Valley line. The Tyson Bagent passing game is spread out among a corps of very fast and sure handed group of WRs led by Shy Crawford and Matt Vanduzer.  Both WRs can beat you on any play.  Bagent has been a very consistent for two years now and his efficiency is ever improving.  That is a huge mountain for the Timberwolves defense to face.  They are monsters across the front and have faced the task of great skill from Capital, Hurricane, Huntington, Cabell Midland, and South Charleston.  So, Spring Valley is no stranger to facing speed.  Spring Valley’s defense has always been a little unorthodox in their style.  They have a very adaptable method that can change easily within the scheme to face the different styles of offense they face week to week.  The constant adjustments keep opposing teams from having a good game plan in the first quarter.  Therefore, adjustments have to be made on the run while their offense grinds you to a pulp.  The one major advantage the Timberwolves have is their front seven led by arguably the best inside linebacker within WV, Owen Porter, who has played his best football in the postseason.

 

Game Plan

Martinsburg will spread the Timberwolves out from hash to hash.  They will see the Hurricane film and notice that in the open field the Timberwolves are not a match.  They will sprinkle passes to Vanduzer and Crawford and force the Spring Valley defense to chase and break down.  They will run sweeps early and often to make the massive Spring Valley front seven fatigue.  After one quarter of chasing, the big dogs will be very tired and we might see a repeat of what Grantham did in 2016.  Spring Valley will try and provide a look that will confuse the Bulldogs early.  They will overload the wide side of the field and use the boundary as a 12th defender and place their best cover guy also to the boundary.  This gives them a chance to slow the passing game down a bit.  The problem is when the Bulldogs are in the middle of the field; it will be a chore.  Hurricane had two great WRs as does Martinsburg, and it won’t take long for the Bulldogs to get the matchup they want.  If the defense can get a group of plays from the hash and overload the field, they can let their massive front seven stop the running game.  This will give them a chance to slow the tempo.  One thing that cannot happen is for the Spring Valley team to give a cheap and long home run TD.  If that happens, it is over, and the Bulldogs are your State Champs.  Spring Valley is not built for come from behind football.

 

Spring Valley Offense vs the Martinsburg Defense

Mike Tyson used to say “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”  That is an easy way to describe the offense of the Timberwolves.  Make no mistake for those who haven’t seen the Timberwolves play, Doug Nester is everything claimed to be.  He has help too with perhaps his best assisting blocker being tight end Jacob Cassidy.  The best thing that could happen is the Timberwolves get the opening kickoff, and they make a 10-minute scoring drive in the first possession.  If this happens, it might force the Bulldogs to look for big plays and a few mistakes and this game is close at the half.  The longer the Timberwolves hang around, the bigger chance of an upset that can occur.  The defense of the Bulldogs is THE best in West Virginia.  Half of this unit will play on the next level.  Led by WVU bound Tavis Lee, this unit includes all-state linemen Jalen Hesen and Trey Henry as well as defensive back Grant Harman.  QB Derek Johnson will have his hands very full.

 

Game Plan

As stated before, Spring Valley will dance with what got them here and that is ride the massive offensive line.  Johnson has enough of an arm for a few Play Action passes to keep the Bulldogs defense honest.  The loss of RB Owen Chafin, the leading rusher of the Timberwolves, will hamper the ground and pound offense but why change what got you to back-to-back State Championship appearances?  We would not be surprised to see a saved spread look the Timberwolves have been prepping just for a game like this to take advantage of the line play.  Martinsburg will use more of a four man front early instead of their normal 3-3 look.  However, if the Timberwolves spread out the Bulldogs, they will need to resort back to their original.  Regardless, they will be prepared for anything.  Both units hold a large amount of experience and confidence.

 

Summary

Pride and momentum will keep this game closer in the first half than last year’s game.  Don’t expect a blowout early unless Spring Valley tries to deviate from what they do best.  If a Special Team TD or homerun TD occurs early for the Bulldogs then it might get ugly fast.  The grind-it-out style of Spring Valley, and if Martinsburg starts hurting themselves will give the Timberwolves a shot.  Expect efficient play from the Bulldogs with an occasional homerun play ready to be called to put the knife in the heart.  The odds are with Martinsburg.

 

Prediction

Martinsburg 42 Spring Valley 14

 

 

 

AA

#4 Fairmont Senior vs #2 Bluefield

Fairmont Senior C&Co. Rating: 72.0

Bluefield C&Co. Rating: 73.6

 

Bluefield Offense vs Fairmont Senior Defense

Bluefield is the fastest AA football team in the State.  This is undisputed.  Many who have not seen the Beavers in person might think it is just a Mookie Collier show- not so fast.  Truck Edwards has a very impressive presence in the middle to compliment Collier’s outside running.  Bluefield’s offensive line also proved their worth defeating Bridgeport at their own game without throwing a single pass.  Collier has a shot to score every time he touches the ball.  Enter the Fairmont Senior defense fresh off of shutting down one of the prolific offenses in the state. The Polar Bears schedule has prepared them for speed.  However, nothing has prepared the Beavers for DL Dante Stills.  He will require a double team, if not, expect some stress from Bluefield’s game manager at QB.  Man for man, Bluefield is faster, but Fairmont Senior has the experience.

 

Game Plan

The Beavers can not afford to get in a shootout with the Polar Bears.  They will need to stick to their usual inside-outside run game with Edwards and Collier.   If they have success with this, they will win.  They are very diverse in their attack with the use of unbalanced lines and Wing T concepts in their offense with the only passing attack of significance being play action.  Bluefield’s QB is a good game manager but he can’t beat you with his arm.  Bluefield feeds off big plays, and if they get on a roll they are very difficult to defend.  Fairmont Senior has a better front, however, the Beavers are so deadly beyond that.  They are used to grinding it out, but instead of giving up a 20 yard run to Jake Bowen, it will be an 80-yard touchdown to Mookie Collier.  That is the question, can they keep Bluefield in front of them?  They will need to make the Beavers play from behind- they are not built for that.

 

 Fairmont Offense vs  Bluefield Defense

The Fairmont offense is loaded with outstanding skill positions of its own.  Connor Neal is the captain of the offense; he can no longer be considered a first-year QB.  He’s seen much success especially as defense’s key in on dual threat star Bryson Gilbert.  Antonio Parsons is the threat on the outside catching. This trio gives Fairmont a top skill player on every level of the offense.  They also have big play capabilities.  The Polar Bears will look to spread the Beaver defense out and give itself advantages with the capability of running and throwing the ball.  The line is adequate enough to protect the passing game and provide a running attack.  Running outside or throwing deep will be a problem.  Bluefield will rely on a strong LB corps led by Truck Edwards to slant and blitz to handle the passing game.

 

 Game Plan

The plan for Fairmont will be to spread the Beavers out and use a very good one-two punch of Gilbert at RB and Parsons at WR and hoping to obtain a six or seven man box.  This will be key for the success of Neal.  If the running game gets established, Neal will have a field day with play action and a panicking Beaver defense.  Bluefield will need to decide to key in on Gilbert’s ground game or making Neal uncomfortable throwing.  We expect more of a loaded box.  The key in all of this is that Fairmont Senior most likely will not get a homerun TD.  People can downplay speed all they want, but being able to chase down players to save a score can be incredibly vital.  Bluefield can do that.  They must treat the Polar Bears like Bridgeport, keep it in front and let the other team make a mistake.

 

Summary

Expect this to be the closest or most exciting of the three matchups (or both).  The amount of talent on the field will make anyone proud especially considering the distances between the two teams.  This is simply speed vs experience.  However, that isn’t saying Fairmont Senior does not have speed, and Bluefield does not have experience.  Out of the three games, this is the least predictable.  It could be a shootout, it could be a defensive showdown.  Regardless, we are excited to see what happens.

 

Prediction

Bluefield 24 Fairmont Senior 21

 

 

 

A

#10 Wheeling Central vs #5 St. Marys

St. Marys C&Co. Rating: 60.0

Wheeling Central C&Co. Rating: 57.7

 

St. Marys Offense vs Wheeling Central Defense

During the middle stretch of 2017, the St. Marys offense did not click as it is was expected to.  The defending champions did their best to utilize 2016 State Championship MVP RB Jaiden Smith, but he did not find the same big play success.  However, insert their last bulk of games.  Their head on running style which relies entirely on Jaiden Smith, Matt Eichorn, and Dylan Gray.  It’s a rotating door in the backfield with any type of run coming.  Doing this, they have combined for nearly 3000 yards rushing and 47 touchdowns.  Their passing game isn’t as effective and will rely on play action for success.  Wheeling Central has a stout defense which has went up against some incredibly tough competition.  They have handled the speed of Freddy Canary and the air raid of East Hardy.  Sophomore linebacker Adam Murray is the man in the middle here and will be called on multiple times to slow down this rushing attack.  The line’s matchup mostly even with maybe a slight edge going to the Maroon Knights.

 

Game Plan

St. Marys offensive gameplan is simple.  Do what you do!  Line it up toe to heel, put your horses in the backfield, and challenge Wheeling Central to stop you.  They will try to control the clock to keep the ball out the Maroon Knights’ hands.  Electing to receive and pounding out a big long drive, taking a bulk of clock off, will put the pressure on Wheeling Central.  However, not even early homeruns will keep them away.  Wheeling Central has an experienced staff and will constantly make the right adjustments to get the advantage in the box.  The question is if Jaiden Smith summons his big game ability yet again and dominates for another year.

 

Wheeling Central Offense vs St. Marys Defense

A lot goes on behind the line of scrimmage for Wheeling Central.  Unlike their foe, they tend to not be under center to give their playmaker as much room as possible.  Curtis McGhee is the game breaker this year.  Though he has talented runners and receivers, he is the offense of the Maroon Knights.  Only being a sophomore, he started off slow in 2017 with it culminating to their previous six straight wins.  St. Marys has shown an ability to cover wider offenses and explosive ones at that.  Though East Hardy had incredible players, it cannot be understated enough how dangerous McGhee is.  He is liable to drop a snap, make a man miss, and run for a long touchdown.  However, St. Marys has been here for before.

 

Game Plan

The gameplan is simple yet again.  Key in on Curtis McGhee and make him uncomfortable.  He’s going to make plays, but the key is to keep them from being touchdowns.  St. Marys defensive is more experienced and overall in the front seven, outmaches the Maroon Knights.  Wheeling Central will rely on their system to open up passing lanes and running holes for chunk plays.  St. Marys needs to keep confidence in their system, and they will be perfectly alright.

 

Summary

On paper, this is a young and red hot 10th seed team playing a very experienced and accomplished and defending champions.  Both have solid units, and their are star players on both sides.  Wheeling Central is right at home but the drive shouldn’t affect St. Marys too much.  The Maroon Knights have an experienced staff and dangerous team.  This has all the makings of your typical Single A championship.  A close, tight game full of excitement!

 

Prediction

St. Marys 21 Wheeling Central 10