Best High School Football Team in WV History? PART ONE

It’s here… after countless debates and hours of looking through scores and schedules- we have sixteen of the greatest teams ever.  There might be several teams argued to be in the top sixteen that aren’t here, but the absolute greatest is somewhere within our list.  AND.  We’re going to find it.  All eras simulated with realistic game situations and happenings.  We thank everyone who nominated, gave information, and gave us insight to some legendary teams.  Now, it is time to meet our selections.  

 

*KEY: PPG = Points per Game, OPPG: Opponent's Points per Game, SOS: Strength of Schedule (Avg Wins by Opponents & Adjusted by Class), GWAS: Games Within a Score (number in parenthesis is closest score)*

 

BRONZE

1962 Bluefield Beavers

AAA (11-0)

PPG: 32.1 / OPPG: 6.5

SOS: 5.9 / GWAS: 0 (13)

Why? The early years of Bluefield’s dominance.  They were the first and only for awhile to play a schedule of that strength and have zero close games.  Their scoring was unmatched for another decade to accompany that great D.

 

1965 Bluefield Beavers

AAA (11-0)

PPG: 28.9 / OPPG: 1.7

SOS: 5.6 / GWAS: 1 (8)

Why? 1.7 points allowed per game?  You’re joking.  Many nominated the ’67 team as well, however, the ’65 team simply out performed them- 8/11 games were shutouts including the state championship.

 

1969 Charleston Mountain Lions

AAA (11-0)

PPG: 29.0 / OPPG: 6.2

SOS: 5.7 / GWAS: 4 (6)

Why? The three-peat Charleston teams were mentioned often.  ’69 was selected because they went unbeaten but were often tested.  They had Kennedy Award winner Rick Hurt under center and a slew of skill players around him.  An impressive difference with a good schedule.

 

1973 East Bank Pioneers

AAA (12-0)

PPG: 25.1 / OPPG: 3.2

SOS: 5.8 / GWAS: 1 (3)

Why? The ’73 Pioneers were the best defense seen since ’65 Bluefield, not allowing a score until week seven.  They toppled the best teams from every region and finished the year with a shutout in the state final.  They possessed an offense that piled yards on the ground and also a stout defense.

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SILVER

1979 Bridgeport Indians

AAA (13-0)

PPG: 29.2 / OPPG: 3.9

SOS: 5.5 / GWAS: 2 (1)

Why? A forgotten teams it seems, however, not to Bridgeport.  Voted the best team in school history by the community of Bridgeport, there was a reason.  They were a unit that came out of nowhere to dominate and take out programs on the verge of being dynasties.

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1981 Sistersville Tigers

A (13-0)

PPG: 40.1 / OPPG: 2.3

SOS: 2.8 / 0 (21)

Why? One of the two Single A’s to make it.  Look at those numbers… 40 to 2 average.  Many will argue their schedule, but hey, they weren’t beaten.  They deserve as much as a look at the others.  This was their only undefeated team during their stretch which included numerous titles and even a Kennedy Award winner.

 

1987 Winfield Generals

AA (13-0)

PPG: 39.1 / OPPG: 5.6

SOS: 4.0 / GWAS: 0 (15)

Why? One of the two Double A’s on the list.  The only way a non-AAA made the tourney was to be truly dominant and boy, were they.  They’re closest game was 15 points with a respectable schedule.  They won two titles in the 80’s, and though the other one was good, this team was incredible.

 

1988 Charleston Mountain Lions

AAA (13-0)

PPG: 33.8 / OPPG: 4.5

SOS: 6.0 / GWAS: 1 (7)

Why? The Mountain Lions were not mentioned by many, mostly due to the overshadow of the ’89 Capital team, but this Charleston’s teams numbers were so impressive they had to be included.  They beat the same teams worse!  It might stir up some debate- would sure love to hear someone who played on both to chime in.

 

 

GOLD

1989 Capital Cougars

AAA (12-0)

PPG: 28.8 / OPPG: 7.0

SOS: 5.3 / GWAS: 2 (3)

Why? Honestly, the numbers do not scream at us as many would have promised.  The first year of consolidation might be the reason for this, but they are often held in the highest regards.  College talent littered every unit.

 

1990 East Bank Pioneers

AA (13-0)

PPG: 33.2 / OPPG: 7.3

SOS: 3.8 / GWAS: 1 (3)

Why? East Bank was rarely challenged.  Though a Double A, they beat several playoff AAA teams in convincing fashion.  As part of their duo of rings, their only close game came to undefeated Spencer in the State Final.

 

1993 Dupont Panthers

AAA (13-1)

PPG: 29.4 / OPPG: 10.1

SOS: 7.8 / GWAS: 2 (-10)

Why? The only team with a loss in the group of 16.  However, that loss to Capital was avenged in the State Championship 29-3.  We all know the stars of this team- it should be noted they have by far the strongest schedule of anyone in the group.

 

1994 Ceredo-Kenova Wonders

A (14-0)

PPG: 37.8 / OPPG: 5.9

SOS: 3.7 / GWAS: 0 (20)

Why? One of two Single A teams trying to claim the title of best ever.  Years away from consolidation, the ’94 team demolished everyone with a schedule that included top double A teams.  They needed to be in the discussion.

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PLATINUM

2004 Morgantown Mohigans

AAA (14-0)

PPG: 50.5 / OPPG: 9.6

SOS: 5.5 / GWAS: 0 (24)

Why? The strength of schedule is a little lackluster but look at those numbers!  Their closest games were 24 and 26 (the semifinal and state championship game).  They topped 70 poins three different times.

 

2011 Martinsburg Bulldogs

AAA (14-0)

PPG: 43.9 / OPPG: 7.4

SOS: 6.9 / GWAS: 3 (5)

Why? Our first taste of the Martinsburg dynasty was more of a kick in the mouth.  2011 was selected because their point differential and both the 2012 and 2013 teams both had losses (though being to out-of-state opponents).  This loaded roster was tested by few and noted for beating Ryan Switzer and George Washington in the final.

 

2014 Capital Cougars

AAA (13-0)

PPG: 52.0 / OPPG: 15.1

SOS: 7.0 / GWAS: 2 (3)

Why? At the time, this Cougars team had many comparisons to the well-known ’89 Capital team.  They scored at will with the second-hardest schedule of the 16-team group.  Holding records for most points in a half (84; RIP Nitro) and difference in a State Championship game (55-15; RIP South Charleston).

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2016 Martinsburg Bulldogs

AAA (14-0)

PPG: 52.3 / OPPG: 7.6

SOS: 6.3 / GWAS: 1 (3)

Why? Regardless of modern bias, the 2016 or 2017 Martinsburg teams have had some historically impressive results with a respected schedule.  Their point differential is staggering.  We chose their 2016 team because of their playoff dominance.

 

 

Several teams narrowly missed the cut.  The the unscored upon 1963 St. Marys team was impressive but after research, we found out they had actually tied a game, but it was forfeited.  Also, the reason they weren’t selected for the title game was because they had too many Single A’s on their schedule.  The 1997 Bluefield team was great but did not dominate like the greatest ever (of any class) would in AA.  1999 Parkersburg was stellar as well but paled in comparison to the other Platinum teams with harder schedules.  

 

 

Within the next two weeks,  we will be literally simulating these games and bringing you our results.  Expect fictional recaps of these legendary games.  Don’t be shy on letting us know what players would dominate- why teams would beat the others- anything!  Any information on these teams makes the project even better.  Vote below to voice your opinion.

 

Serious Debate: AAA Concessions

Having a hotdog, or a cheeseburger, or nachos, or even homemade chili at a high school football game is almost half of the experience! It is no secret that West Virginia is home to some of the best country cooking and backwoods cuisine you could think of.  What is surprising though, is how so much of this delicious food makes its way into the high school stadiums across the state during football season.  Most schools opt out and do their most generic interpretation of what a concession stand looks like… some, however, answer the call and go above and beyond.

 

Here is our completely subjective and personally accurate countdown of our best concession stands and their diligent workers:

 

5. Woodrow Wilson – Beckley, WV

The one big advantage that got Van Meter Stadium into this list is the availability of Chic-Fil-A sandwiches and chicken nuggets. Being able to sink your teeth into that all white meat chicken makes Woodrow Wilson concessions a must have in Southern West Virginia.  Now, a fast food restaurant as you X-factor might seem cheap, but hey- don’t hate the player, hate the game.

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  1. Parkersburg High School – Parkersburg, WV

As if Parkersburg didn’t already have enough to boast about with one of the oldest schools in West Virginia and one of the most beautiful schools.  Title town has another award now- they can thank their crown jewel: hot chocolate.  Those November nights are often warmed up with the brown elixir, however, Parkersburg really delivers.  Now, we realize that it might be in our heads but it’s just so rich and smooth.  Definitely a game changer.  Try it yourselves but make sure you’re on the home side bleachers.

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  1. Greenbrier East High School – Fairlea, WV

Two back-to-back mediocre seasons have left them hungry for success.  That’s not all the people in Fairlea are hungry for though; the home of the Spartans is also home to something different every game. There will always be some kind of home-cooked chili, barbecue, or chicken being served at Greenbrier East football games.  Quality and execution.  Not many stadiums boast game-to-game specials.  Well done, Sparty, well done.

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  1. Wheeling Island Stadium. Wheeling, WV

Not only does this stadium serve as a home for the Wheeling Park Patriots, but it is also the location for the Super Six State Football Championship. This being said, I believe many will agree with this ranking. The biggest stage in WV High School football does not disappoint with its concession options, they have four separate stands for convenience and their menu has almost anything you could ask for.   To be honest, there is no X-factor other than overall convenience and quality.

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  1. Laidley Field, Charleston, WV

Laidley Field is one of the oldest sports venues in WV and let’s be fair- it looks that way. The stadium itself could use a little maintenance, but you must also consider the wear and tear of its numerous hostings. The concession stand, however, far exceeds its appearance. The variety of the concession stands at Laidley is very valuable, but the real reason they are #1 is because of one item: CALZONES.  The best concession item you could find anywhere: fresh bread, mozzarella cheese, and spicy peperoni. Laidley field with their calzones claim the title of best concession stand in West Virginia.  PS: try their frozen lemonade during track season.

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Honorable Mentions? 

University High School – Morgantown, WV (great hot chocolate)

Ripley High School – Ripley, WV (variety of snacks)

Hedgesville, WV – Hedgesville, WV (friendliest staff in the state)

 

Dishonorable Mentions?

Cabell Midland High School – Ona, WV (too many fireworks during meals)

Martinsburg High School – Martinsburg, WV (nothing tastes good down by 50 at the half)

 

 

Now, let’s hear some debate.  Who will be King of AA and A?

March in West Virginia

Can you feel it?

One of the best times of the year..
A time where each team, each community has a chance at becoming immortal. A chance of being spoken of for years to come.
It’s almost here.

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The basketball regular season is coming to a close very fast. Conference championship games are coming to a close and regions are beginning to take final shape. For small communities, these teams have as good of a shot as any to make it up to Charleston. While the sectionals and regionals aren’t as significant as they used to be in some places (In other places, it’s probably harder than actually playing in the State Tournament), it will still show the best out of many of these communities. Every year, we see a Cinderella come through, or a major upset that will knock out a state favorite. There will be hundreds of story lines that come out of the first week of post-season play. There WILL be huge showdowns that will determine the fate of teams moving forward. There WILL be heartbreak that no one saw coming. It’s almost as good as it gets.

 

Then we go to Charleston.

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It’s almost synonymous with West Virginian culture. For that third week in March, for sports fans growing up, you always went up to Charleston. As young as I can remember, I can remember going to the Charleston Civic Center with my grandfather and father to watch all the games. I can remember going Joey’s (Blast from the Past), and destroying my first chicken wings in between sessions. Booking hotels from Wednesday night through Saturday, double checking all of our families brackets during the 1st and 2nd rounds of the NCAA basketball tournament. Everyone has had their own experiences over the years, it’s all unique to each family, but it’s special to us in the Mountain state.

 

For the Players.

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This is the biggest stage that many of them will ever see. People talk and dream about for years but it’s unlike any stage that you will play on. The best of the best play, the pageantry, the emotion, and the arena. Legends have been made in that arena and legends will be made again this year. These games will be talked about for decades. You will be spoken of in the same conversation of games that will be talked about over a lifetime. This is going to be on the biggest of stages, playing with the biggest of names, playing in games that will be talked about over many generations.

 

It’s Almost Here. Welcome to March Madness.

 

You Signed, So Now What?

Congratulations on signing a National Letter of Intent to continue playing football on the next level of your career.  For some, it is a reward for all the hard work you did during your high school career.  For others, it is a dream come true.  Either way, it is a major step of completion and a start in the next phase of your life.  Since it is beginning to set in, here are five key points that will help you with your next step.

 

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  1. You need to get in better shape. Many of you think you are in good shape, but we are here to tell you that you are not.  Not even close.  For every minute you are in the weight room you had better put five on the track because when you report to college, there is no acclimation period.  You are expected to be ready to play.  Many colleges provide you with their version of a summer strength and conditioning program but it’s a dog and pony show for many, and they will never have you pushed to the point to which you will be pushed on the first test of the first day of practice.

 

When you were in high school, you were simply Bigger-Faster-Strong than others on your team.  When you go to college, everyone is on your level and being out of shape is a sign of a lack of commitment.  Get with a track coach or a good strength/conditioning coach and get ready.  Stay away from the internet strength/conditioning gurus who have never played the sport.   Pay attention to the coaches who have been involved in the sport because they have the knowledge to assist you.  Either way, it is important to be in shape.

 

If you think you are in elite shape, good luck, but almost everybody you will be competing against is three to four years older, wiser, and has been training far longer.  Do yourself a huge favor and get some help.

 

  1. Be prepared to be away from home. For many players the quickest way home is to be homesick.  All the glamour leaves your body when you are in that dorm room with no one you know.  The next thing that happens could be negativity which may send you packing back home.  When you get to college you will be on a new team with new teammates. Some will be helpful and some will keep it business.  There will be times when you will be alone and have to face these issues by yourself.

 

If you are going to be a Division I player, you will probably report to college in June which might be far earlier than you expected. Yes, it is fun but after that 6:00 am practice in June, what are you going to do for the rest of the day besides go to class?  In most cases you will be the only one on campus and if you don’t have a vehicle, then your options are even more limited.

 

If you go to a bowl game, you’re likely to miss Christmas break and you already didn’t have Fall break or Thanksgiving break.  The next thing you know you have been gone from home for all but three weeks in a year. After the bowl game you will have about eight weeks until spring ball and then it starts all over again.  Eventually, when you get older and tire of the process, when you do get free time you just pull up the blanket and stay in your bed.

 

For other division levels, the time commitment is not quite as time demanding but it is still very high.   If you live further than five hours from home, then you are not just slipping out the door and going home for the weekend.  In most cases, you still have the same in season time demands but you will get the summer off.  However, as you get close to the end of your school the internships and summer work demands may keep you on campus much longer.

 

Either way, you must get your mind accustomed to spending time away from home which may be the enemy of players and a nightmare for coaches.

 

  1. Work ahead and be prepared for money situations. So many players will wait until the day of camp to address what their package pays for does or does not pay for. Even if you are a fully- scholarship player (not many of those exist) there are hidden costs.  Some of those include dorm payments, computer, iPad, books ($200 to $1,000), and parking fees.  These are just a few common fees that you may not think about unless you prepare ahead of time.  Needless to say, there will be a lot of necessary money not included in your package.

 

If you are not receiving a full scholarship, then you must be aware of Pell grants, student loans, parent loans, mini scholarships and available from the school.  Do not wait until the first day of school to get this done.  You are a college student now and not a high school student.  It is your responsibility to get this done.  If you wait until the first day, time demands of football and classes could leave you in a world of trouble.  So many players make this mistake and then have an enormous amount of stress placed on themselves.  So, if you think you are far too important to do this and your coaches and school will do it for you, then you will be humbled very quickly.

 

  1. Keep your Parents out of the equation. Remember that all those nice things your recruiting coaches had been saying to you, well it will change quickly. In college, these coaches get fired for losing so they will put the best players on the field that will help them win.  It does not matter how many times Daddy and Mommy call them over your playing time.  You might be the best player but the coaches don’t trust you yet, so be patient.  If you have a parent that has manipulated coaches in the past, then it might be in your best interest to have a talk with them.  In college, they can go get another player next year with equal or better ability without listening to parents.  High school coaches have to listen to your parents because Principals in general will listen to them.  But, in college, the ONLY things that matter are the wins and losses.

 

If parents want to be positive influences in the process, that would be fine.  Many parents have tailgates for the players, care packages of cookies and chips, and act as mentors for the team.  The end the goal is to get a degree and that type of parental involvement is always welcome. If they think they can manipulate the system, that may get you sent home quickly.  It isn’t tolerated it in college because they can go get someone else.

 

  1. You are there to get a degree. Very few players will graduate with a degree if the only reason they went to college is to play football.  You are there to get a degree.  Regardless of your playing time and experience, the degree is the main reason you went to college.

 

When adversity sets in whether in school, sports, and/or life in general, if the only reason you are there is to play football then it will become easy to leave.  99.9% of you will never see a NFL locker room or field so the sooner you recognize this- you will have more of a successful experience.  There is actually an enormous number of Division II, III, and NAIA guys who actually believe with 100% certainty that they are going to the LEAGUE.  The odds of that are minimal (like <0.5%) so wake up and get the degree.

 

The players who go to school to get a degree will generally have less stress.  If something goes to wrong in sports, they will work through it because sports was not the only reason they were there.  If something goes wrong with grades, they will generally accept help from tutors and study halls because they will want to get the degree. Regardless, if you come with the thought process to get a degree, you will be far more ahead for the ones who don’t.

 

These are five good ideas made by our Coalfields and Company staff to help you with your transition.  This is the first in a series of articles to provide with helpful tips in this process. The key is to have some self-discipline, the responsibility to work ahead, and make sure you are going for the right reasons. If football is the only reason you are going it will most likely end in failure.  If you want that degree and place most of the emphasis is on education, then you are more likely to succeed.

Best High School Team in WV History?

A lot of talk on our staff has surrounded this topic.  The fact of the matter is that it would be incredibly hard to do a tournament-style competition to decide what team is the greatest ever.  However… we might just do it.  But, what are the guidelines or rules?

First off, do we automatically exclude any team that did not win a state championship?  Most likely.  With nearly 200 winners in the state’s history, it would be get messy if we start including teams that didn’t even win.  The only plausible scenario would be a team that was clearly historic and suffered injuries, disqualification, or another happening that stopped the team’s run other than their quality.

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1989 Capital

Second, how do we decide across generations?  Going back to the topic of State Champions, it took years to get to the 16-team playoff.  Many elders would argue their teams missed out on the opportunity when only two, four, or eight teams were taken.  Must this be taken into account?

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Thirdly, what about dynasties?  Speaking currently, Martinsburg has won six state championships in eight years.  I think many would argue that they should be considered when speaking about the greatest ever.  Yet, how many teams do we include from one stint?  There are several cases of this throughout history.

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Finally, do we base this completely off domination or transgenerational and transclass talent.  Logically, the greatest single A team will not match up with the greatest triple A team.  The team size and depth is just too big of a factor.  Also, when we imagine these teams playing- whose rules do we play by?

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Regardless, we want to do this.  But, we need help picking our qualifying teams.  Comment here, email us (coalfieldsco@gmail), DM or @ us on Twitter or Facebook, anything!  Part of bringing light to West Virginia ball is having a proper interpretation of history.  Let’s get it.

WV Recruitment: NSD RECAP / UNCOMMITTED SENIORS

We are finishing our round up with the those who signed on National Signing Day and those we are still eagerly waiting to watch where they go.  Several of the top players in the state still remain uncommitted with a lot of offers.  For those who have signed or those who haven’t, good luck in your process and on the next level!  

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Jimmy Allison (OL) Bridgeport

Status: Uncommitted

Allison was an anchor on the fierce Indian line.  He has next level size standing at 6’4 and 300 pounds.  He hasn’t committed to any schools, and we haven’t heard from him on his process.

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Will Anderson (OL) St. Albans

Status: Committed to West Virginia State

St. Albans most successful season in recent years was due to some good senior leadership.  Anderson was a consistent player on both sides and will look to be the same at WV State.

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Michael Armes (OL) Woodrow Wilson

Status: Committed to Alderson Broaddus

Alderson Broaddus had a good amount of in-state commits.  Armes is a well-sized tackle that helped pave the way for some respected running numbers against MSAC competition.

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Seth Arnold (LB) Braxton County

Status: Committed to Fairmont State

Arnold goes on the list of being one of the most underrated players in the state.  Possessing great athleticism and size, he was a tackling machine for Braxton County last year.  Fairmont State got a steal.

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Trevor Barnhart (LB) University

Status: Uncommitted

Barnhart battled injuries his entire senior year- he still impressed like we thought when he was able to play.  He’s mulling looks from several levels and is also pursued in other sports.

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Tyson Bagent (QB) Martinsburg

Status: Uncommitted

Bagent blossomed in 2017 as not just the QB but the star QB.  After putting up ridiculous (and efficient) numbers, he’s landing some big-time offers such as Robert Morris.  He’s taking his time with his decision, and we’re eager to see.

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Dillon Brasse (DL) Midland Trail

Status: Committed to Concord

Midland Trail’s units on the line of scrimmage were so cohesive many names slip the tongue.  Brasse was a key senior and plug in a Trail defense that out performed mostly every team that they played.

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Jake Cannady (LB) Wyoming East

Status: Committed to Glenville State

Wyoming East didn’t have a fantastic season, but they did have signs of talent.  Cannady was one of the brighter spots on defense.  With some development work, he could build on his already good framework of play.

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Dylan Chapman (HB) Westside

Status: Committed to Concord

We loved Chapman’s style of play.  Westside had a winning record this year and Chapman’s rough style was a hallmark.  He appears to love the weightroom which will have him at home at Concord.

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Rennie Clark (RB) Wheeling Park

Status: Uncommitted

Clark didn’t have the senior year we expected, but we did set the bar high.  He’s still an excellent back that can catch out of the backfield.  We are unsure of his process and how it’s going but wish him luck!

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Rob Cochran (DB) Independence

Status: Committed to Concord

Independence was another winning team that missed out on the postseason.  Their defense the last two years has been noted around the state.  Cochran played well in their system and on special teams.

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Russ Coleman (DB) Bluefield

Status: Committed to Concord

Bluefield seems to have a factory of skill players at the moment.  Coleman’s biggest down was his size but his other abilities are right on par to be a great ball player on the next level.  Teams win titles.

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Mookie Collier (RB) Bluefield

Status: Uncommitted

The 2017 Kennedy Award winner is still uncommitted after a nothing but historic run at Bluefield.  Collier is widely valued on the D2 level and has gotten looks from D1 schools.  Time will only tell where he goes, but we’re excited to see him play wherever.

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Curon Cordon (WR) Hurricane

Status: Uncommitted

The popular South Charleston-transfer didn’t quite put up the numbers at his old school but let’s not kid ourselves, Cordon was a game changer.  As a big play catcher and return threat.

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Shy Crawford (WR) Martinsburg

Status: Uncommitted

Crawford didn’t receive many postseason honors aside from us, but we loved him and his role on the best team in WV.  A hard route runner and great ball skills.  He should join the handful of his teammates who are going to the next level.

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Mikal Dawson (WR) Huntington

Status: Uncommitted

A lot of people rave about Dawson at receiver.  He has superb size and deep threat ability- hitting high point catches.  However, his next level sport will probably be basketball where he holds numerous D1 offers already.

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Grant Dickson (OL) Winfield

Status: Committed to West Virginia State

Dickson was a preseason favorite of ours.  Andrew Huff’s main protector, he was a beast tackle that allowed for Winfield’s high rushing numbers.  He should have a good set up at nearby WV State.

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Jeremy Dillon (QB) Mingo Central

Status: Uncommitted

One of the most known players in the state has an unknown college destination.  He holds D1 basketball offers and D1-AA football offers.  We couldn’t get firsthand info on his position so take this status with a grain of salt.

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Noah Drummond (OL) Bridgeport

Status: Committed to West Virginia

Bridgeport lineman know how to block- no one can deny that.  Drummond is well-equipped in his strength and is heading to a top notch training program to progress his footwork.  His height should be fine at center.

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Truck Edwards (LB) Bluefield

Status: Uncommitted

Edwards has one of the best highlight films in the state- we highly recommend a watch.  Full of hit sticks- running and tackling, Edwards was the grit of the State Champion Beavers.  He is being pursued by schools and has not committed as of yet.

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Hunter Egdell (LB) North Marion

Status: Committed to Glenville State

North Marion became more known for their offense, but Egdell made some plays on defense too.  Playing in his conference, he was exposed to high potent passing and rushing.  He has great experience.

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Dawson Elia (RB) Mingo Central

Status: Uncommitted

Elia transferred to Mingo for his senior year and had great results.  In his first game he caught the famous hail mary to beat Point Pleasant.  He had a stat-filled running season, and we’ll have to see where he goes.

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Ryan Ekey (LB) Madonna

Status: Committed to Wheeling Jesuit

The Blue Dons had a surprisingly good season.  Ekey was a bigger sized plugger on defense and that’s what he’ll be looked to do at Jesuit.  Congrats on his chance on the next level.

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Ethan Faircloth (TE) Hedgesville

Status: Committed to Charleston

Faircloth is well-built and well-sized especially at tight end.  He showed he had a good blocking ability and also good hands when needed.  He picked up and committed to Charleston.

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Thomas Ferris (RB) Midland Trail

Status: Committed to Concord

Ferris had a record year at Midland Trail.  His running ability was tough and fun to watch.  We aren’t sure of his intended position at Concord as he was a savvy defender as well.

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Dalton Fields (OL) Mingo Central

Status: Uncommitted

Fields was the captain on the line of the scrimmage for the record breaking Miners.  He doesn’t have great heighth but solid strength and movement.  We look forward to seeing where he ends up.

MusselmanApplemen

Chris Fox (QB) Musselman

Status: Committed to Fairmont State

Fox had some big-time games for Musselman.  Well-sized and good throwing mechanics, Fairmont State potentially has their next great QB coming to town.  We’ve been impressed all year.

FairmontSeniorPolarBears

Bryson Gilbert (RB) Fairmont Senior

Status: Committed to Fairmont State

The infamous jumpman of Fairmont is staying in-town to play for Fairmont State.  He had a heck of a run for the Polar Bears, leading them to two straight title games.  He has a very bright future.

BridgeportIndians

Brice Haines (LB) Bridgeport

Status: Committed to Wheeling Jesuit

Haines was a solid defender for the Indians.  He had several notable games and has a good ceiling to work with.  Jesuit is taking a shot on him, and we hope it works out for both parties.

HuntingtonHighlanders

Jadon Hayes (RB) Huntington

Status: Uncommitted

The three-way playmaker of Huntington still hasn’t spoken on his next school.  He has picked up offers including one from Morehead State.  We will have to wait and see where he goes.

JohnMarshallMonarchs

Dereck Hess (DB) John Marshall

Status: Uncommitted

Hess rose up on a team that stunned a lot of people in 2017.  He had some absurd all-purpose games and is skilled in many different ways.  We don’t know of his process but hope we get to see him play again.

MartinsburgBulldogs

Mikey Jackson Jr. (RB) Martinsburg

Status: Uncommitted

Jackson got overshadowed by the slew of other talented Bulldogs.  He’s still a hard runner with dangerous shiftiness.  He was a key player on offense and has definite college ability.

SpringValleyTimberwolves

Derek Johnson (QB) Spring Valley

Status: Uncommitted

Johnson made a living being a hard-nosed running QB for the Timberwolves.  He also has a pretty good arm as well.  After leading Spring Valley to back-to-back championship games, he has several offers including one from Jacksonville State.

PadenCityWildcats

David Joy (DL) Paden City

Status: Committed to West Liberty

Joy was a bright spot in the tough regular season of Paden City.  He has substantial size and will have a big learning curve, however, we do see what West Liberty sees.  We are pulling for him.

WeirtonMadonnaBlueDons

Chayce Lemley (DB) Madonna

Status: Committed to Wheeling Jesuit

Lemley was a stalwart in the rise of Madonna in 2017.  A tall and lanky skill player.  With some work in the weightroom and on the agility boards, he could pan out to be the player Jesuit thinks he can be.

CabellMidlandKnights

Jordan King (OL) Cabell Midland

Status: Uncommitted

King has several offers including Morehead State.  He is still mulling his options on where he wants to go and what he wants to do.  Regardless, he has a great frame for next level play.

MorgantownMohigans

Neal McKnight (OL) Morgantown

Status: Committed to Grove City

Morgantown had a schedule from death row.  You cannot say McKnight didn’t go tested in 2017.  He has favorable size, and was pretty consistent all year.  We wish him luck at Grove City.

BridgeportIndians

John Merica (DB) Bridgeport

Status: Committed to West Virginia Wesleyan

The two-way star for Bridgeport is heading to Wesleyan.  He was a tough runner and tackler that made good jumps on the ball at safety.  Adding a little in every area should see him do well.

JamesMonroeMavericks

Grant Mohler (LB) James Monroe

Status: Committed to Concord

Mohler had his offensive load lightened with the rise in play by his teammates, but he really thrived on defense.  We love his build and downhill speed.  He fights right in Concord’s system.

IndependencePatriots

Logan Muncy (OL) Independence

Status: Committed to Concord

Muncy is another in a line of seniors that had a great run at Independence.  A tall lineman that is borderline lanky, Concord can sculpt into the ballplayer we saw sparks of in high school.

SummersCountyBobcats

Ben Neal (OL) Summers County

Status: Committed to Alderson Broaddus

Ben Neal is another good sized lineman that AB sees potential in.  He had a great senior season, helping Summers County reach the semifinals.  With the right attitude, he could make it up there easily.

WestsideRenegades

Bryce Nelson (OL) Westside

Status: Committed to West Virginia Wesleyan

Nelson has good push and a solid belly to back it.  Wesleyan wants him, and is hoping to shape into a college lineman.  He should be fend well for himself, and we wish him well going forward.

MusselmanApplemen

Jacob Northcraft (RB) Musselman

Status: Uncommitted

Northcraft has almost every rushing record at Musselman.  Well-sized, hard runner, and hidden speed.  We haven’t seen his commitment or prospects but look forward to his future.

WheelingParkPatriots

Nate Phillips (DB) Wheeling Park

Status: Committed to West Liberty

Phillips was a good receiver but seemed to catch more balls on defense.  Though could use some weight, he was an absolute ball magnet in the secondary.  He’s a great get for West Liberty.

CapitalCougars

Anthony Pittman (WR) Capital

Status: Uncommitted

We haven’t heard anything from Pittman but someone has to be checking him out.  A natural playmaker with unteachable size.  He’s also undoubtedly clutch, remember the Cabell Midland miracle?

JamesMonroeMavericks

Noah Ramsey (OL) James Monroe

Status: Committed to Concord

James Monroe had several lineman go unnoticed as their stacked skillset ran rampant.  Luckily, Concord picked up Ramsey and saw a future hog.  He can definitely get to that level.

LibertyRaleighRaiders

Jeremiah Reed (DL) Liberty-Raliegh

Status: Committed to Alderson Broaddus

Liberty-Raleigh didn’t do very well this year- we can’t sugar coat it.  That doesn’t mean there wasn’t some tough gritty players.  Reed has a workable size and an AB program that seems to love the WV mentality.

SouthCharlestonBlackEagles

Teyler Roghmiller (DB) South Charleston

Status: Committed to West Virginia State

South Charleston didn’t finish well but no one can deny the talent they had.  Roghmiller should have a good chance developing to his full potential at WV State.  He had a solid 2017.

RiversideWarriors

Mark Scites (QB) Riverside

Status: Uncommitted

Scites was the guy who made it click for Riverside.  Though they didn’t make the playoffs, he was a big part in changing the reputation of Riverside around the state.  A dual-threat player, he played with the top MSAC teams.

EastHardyCougars

Clay Skovron (QB) East Hardy

Status: Uncommitted

Skovron began emerging as a star this last year.  Though his senior year was his only not in the state championship, he had his best games.  We aren’t sure of his options, but we hope he finds somewhere.

StMarysBlueDevils

Jaiden Smith (RB) St. Marys

Status: Uncommitted

We haven’t heard anything out of St. Marys on where Smith is heading.  Smith is shorter and built stocky but does have solid speed.  He had an extremely accomplished run at St. Marys and should get a college football shot if he wants it.

UniversityHawks

Hayden Starcher (DL) University

Status: Uncommitted

Starcher was the man on the University defense these last few years.  Though slightly undersized, his speed made him a headache for northern lineman. We don’t know his next level destination or position.

BraxtonCountyEagles

Tayton Stout (WR) Braxton County

Status: Committed to Glenville State

Stout was a great catcher at Braxton County.  The Cottrill-Stout connection was one of our favorites last season.  They were good for at least one TD per game, which isn’t very common in high school.

NorthMarionHuskies

Kenneth Stahl (WR) North Marion

Status: Committed to Glenville State

For those that don’t know, Stahl had some silly receiving numbers in 2017.  In the most important game of the year he racked up over 200 yards.  This caught the eye of Glenville State.

MorgantownMohigans

Cole Streyle (LB) Morgantown

Status: Committed to Charleston

Streyle was noted to be the player who showed up during Morgantown’s deadly opening schedule.  He was a sure tackler who also had a knack for forcing turnovers.  He will be suiting up for a great UC program next fall.

EastHardyCougars

Brett Tharp (WR) East Hardy

Status: Uncommitted

Tharp was a dynamic player that would be very good on any level.  His next level position might be on either side- heck maybe both.  We haven’t heard anything on his intended school.

GeorgeWashingtonPatriots

Owen Tillis (DL) George Washington

Status: Committed to West Virginia State

The 2017 Buffalo-transfer lived up to the hype at George Washington.  He had a great senior season coming off the edge.  He has notable height and a good frame to work with.

ElkinsTigers

George Triplett (P) Elkins

Status: Committed to Princeton

The well-known special teamer of Elkins is another WV player going to the Ivy Leagues.  Putting up stellar averages and being extremely consistent, he will be playing big time ball soon.

BraxtonCountyEagles

Chris Truesdale (DB) Braxton County

Status: Committed to Alderson Broaddus

Truesdale was overlooked much 2017 but had a solid season.  His play gained the attention of AB which is where he is heading next season.  A high number of Braxton County signees this year.

WheelingParkPatriots

Logan Tucker (DB) Wheeling Park

Status: Committed to Wheeling Jesuit

Wheeling Park is losing a great senior class that accomplished many things.  Tucker was a staple in the secondary and has potential to develop.  He is taking a chance on the in-town Jesuit program.

WinfieldGenerals

Jackson VanScoy (DB) Winfield

Status: Committed to Alderson Broaddus

VanScoy played an under the radar role on defense with the offense putting up giant numbers.  VanScoy had plenty of experience earned against some of the best passing and rushing teams in the state.

GraftonBearcats

Garrett Ware (DL) Grafton

Status: Committed to Alderson Broaddus

Ware played in some memorable games this season at Grafton.  Grafton never put everything together, but we think they had a good amount of talent.  He will play next year at nearby AB.

PocahontasCountyWarriors

Briar Wilfong (ATH) Pocahontas County

Status: Committed to West Virginia Wesleyan

Wilfong was a big role player on Pocahontas County team that caught the eye of Single A.  Ultimately falling to a good program, he had a great senior year and will be rewarded with a D2 shot.

SpringMillsCardinals

Jackson Zdziera (OL) Spring Mills

Status: Committed to Sheperd

Spring Mills playoff team was captained by Zdziera.  His good size and hard play picked him up an offer from nearby Sheperd.  If more teams had gotten to see his play he probably would have had more.

WV Recruitment Report: SENIOR COMMITS

Some seniors have used the early signing period to already pick their schools.  Here at C&Co., we couldn’t be prouder of in-state talent going to the next level.  We believe in the Mountain State’s talent ranging from a D3 walk-on to the a five-star recruit.  Under 1% of high school athletes make it to the next level, carry your accomplishment with pride!  Here’s the commits we have gathered:  

 

 

 

UniversityHawks

Clay Bailey (QB) University

Status: Committed to West Virginia (Med School)

The star QB of the Hawks released during the regular season his plans for Med School at WVU.  His football prospects are unknown, but it is a superb accomplishment nonetheless and should be noted.

 

PocahontasCountyWarriors

Morgan Baldwin (WR) Pocahontas County

Status: Committed to Concord

An important part to a year of winning by Pocahontas County, Baldwin was a very solid ball player.  His work and dedication had him recognized during high school and now a shot to play college ball.

 

RiversideWarriors

Ben Billanti (OL) Riverside

Status: Committed to West Virginia State

Billanti was a key piece in getting Riverside out of their bottomfeeder rut.  He was a reliable offensive lineman his entire career who went against the top talent in the state.  His actions were noticed!

 

SouthHarrisonHawks

Freddy Canary (RB) South Harrison

Status: Committed to West Virginia State

The state’s fastest player will continue on at West Virginia State.  Canary had an electric senior season giving South Harrison perhaps their best team in school history.  Also, setting several school and state records along the way.

 

SpringValleyTimberwolves

Jacob Cassidy (TE) Spring Valley

Status: Committed to Marshall

Cassidy didn’t get a ring but being in the title game two straight years is nothing short of impressive.  One of the best put together players in the state, Marshall is getting a guy coming in at college size with great athleticism.

 

CapitalCougars

Uriah Cravens (LB) Capital

Status: Committed to West Virginia Wesleyan

Cravens was overseen with the feats of Capital’s offense.  Don’t forget Capital’s defense handled Martinsburg better than mostly everyone.  He’s also a talented special teams playmaker.

 

 

MidlandTrailPatriots

Hunter Darby (WR) Midland Trail

Status: Committed to Concord

Midland Trail was primarily a running team but when they did throw it, Darby was a great possession receiver.  He was a top receiver in his region and was able to pick up the attention of Concord.

 

CabellMidlandKnights

Isaiah Duncan (RB) Cabell Midland

Status: Committed to Marshall

Duncan missed several games early in the season but once he was back- he was back.  He was a powerful runner that had several games with video game numbers.  He’s taking a shot with Marshall and resembles back-types that have had recent success there.

 

CabellMidlandKnights

Brier Elswick (OL) Cabell Midland

Status: Committed to West Virginia State

Elswick was a lumbering force across the Cabell Midland line.  As one of the state’s largest lineman, WV State sees that they can chisel him into an awesome next level mauler.

 

JeffersonCougars

Scooter Gaskins (WR) Jefferson

Status: Committed to Sheperd

Gaskins senior season didn’t outdo his junior.  Jefferson struggled a lot but Gaskins was not a reason for it.  A dynamic playmaker on both sides, he’s headed to nearby Sheperd to continue his career.

 

CapitalCougars

Chase Goldsmith (LB) Capital

Status: Committed to West Virginia Wesleyan

Goldsmith was another in the underrated Capital defense.  As a balanced LB, he ran the defense and will be seen as that sort of captain on the next level too.  Goldsmith had a good senior year.

 

ShermanTide

Will Hensley (DL) Sherman

Status: Committed to Concord

Sherman had another awesome season in 2017.  Hensely was a large part in that, having several dominant games in Single A.  This caught the eye of several in-state colleges who are giving him a shot.

 

MartinsburgBulldogs

Trey Henry (DL) Martinsburg

Status: Committed to Fairmont State

Henry announced recently on his plans for Fairmont State.  He was an offensive and defensive force in the trenches.  Built burly and with a good burst, he could be a potential steal.

 

MartinsburgBulldogs

Jalen Hesen (DL) Martinsburg

Status: Committed to Sheperd

Hesen seemed to get better and better every game.  There were a lot of big Bulldog names but in the most important games, Hesen was the game changer.  His drive and technical skill set him apart from most.

 

BridgeportIndians

Koby Kiefer (K) Bridgeport

Status: Committed to Cornell

Kiefer got plenty of practice kicking field goals and extra points at Bridgeport.  Being accepted into Cornell and also playing football is a heck of an accomplishment.  West Virginia is growing as a special teams pipeline.

 

MartinsburgBulldogs

Tavis Lee (LB) Martinsburg

Status: Committed to West Virginia

The 2016 Huff Award winner announced his WVU commitment awhile back.  A speed demon off the edge with the strength to flatten O-Lineman.  Lee is a legitimate Power 5 prospect and Eastern Panhandle QB’s will gladly see him go.

 

SummersCountyBobcats

Tucker Lilly (ATH) Summers County

Status: Committed to Concord

The fiery playmaker that led Summers County on a run to the semifinals finds home in nearby Concord.  His size was always his biggest critique, but his athleticism and ball play can’t be denied.  He can play.

 

HurricaneRedskins

Payton Lunsford (LB) Hurricane

Status: Committed to West Virginia State

Lunsford was an underrated force within the Redskins team on many sides of the ball.  A sure-tackler that led by example.  He had a fantastic run for them and now has a new chapter ahead.

 

NicholasCountyGrizzlies

DJ McCutcheon (LB) Nicholas County

Status: Committed to Concord

McCutcheon was mentioned often during Grizzly games.  He was their main playmaker and very solid on defense- remember the crazy numbers Nicholas County had on defense?

NicholasCountyGrizzlies

Trey Milam (OL) Nicholas County

Status: Committed to West Virginia Wesleyan

Nicholas County also had a resounding line.  Milam was an athletic lineman with decent size.  He can definitely develop into a good player at Wesleyan.  He was apart of some well-performing squads.

 

KeyserGoldenTornado

Brady Ours (DB) Keyser 

Status: Committed to Robert Morris

Ours was a tough two-way player for the Golden Tornado.  As the QB as well, both sides of the ball ran through him.  He has a favorable size and grit, and should go into Robert Morris with a bright future.

 

SpringValleyTimberwolves

Owen Porter (LB) Spring Valley

Status: Committed to Marshall

One of the most talented defenders of the state is heading for Division One.  A hard hitter and memorable runner, Porter went out with a bang with a great showing in the state championship.  He was heavily recruited by the Thundering Herd.

 

WestsideRenegades

Ben Price (LB) Westside

Status: Committed to Concord

Westside had a quiet winning season but was overlooked in a crowded AA.  They had several good wins and Ben Price was a part in that.  He should do his hometown proud with his move to the next level.

 

NitroWildcats

Nick Reip (RB) Nitro

Status: Committed to Alderson Broaddus

Nitro struggled in 2017 but Reip had impressive performances.  He was an offensive horse at running back giving even the top teams issues.  We congratulate his move to Alderson Broaddus!

 

SummersCountyBobcats

Andrew Richmond (DL) Summers County

Status: Committed to Concord

Richmond won our A Lineman of the Year.  He was a force with great football IQ.  Including his frame, he was the reason they pitched several straight shutouts in their Semifinal run.  He has a big future.

 

MusselmanApplemen

David Robertson (OL) Musselman

Status: Committed to West Virginia Wesleyan

We were high on Robertson and so was Wesleyan.  He has great size and run blocking ability.  He was integral in the record breaking running careers of the backs behind him.

 

HurricaneRedskins

Cole Runion (OL) Hurricane

Status: Committed to Glenville State

Hurricane had a lot of big names this past year.  Runion was an underrated piece in a talented Redskin line that dominated some of the best teams in the state.  He should be a great fit up in Glenville.

 

ShermanTide

Ben Salmons (ATH) Sherman

Status: Committed to Concord

Salmons was the all-around player that made the Tide click.  He had one of his best games upsetting Madonna on a long rode trip.  He can play several positions and has malleability going forward.

 

HurricaneRedskins

Steven Shine (DL) Hurricane

Status: Committed to Arizona Western

Shine has the size and burst of the ball for big time ball.  He believes this as he’s heading out West to play some JUCO ball.  We believe in his chances as he went toe-to-toe with some of the Power 5 lineman recruits of the Mountain State.

 

BerkeleySpringsIndians

Mason Sipes (OL) Berkeley Springs

Status: Committed to Sheperd

Sipes impressed a lot in the northern part of the state with his size and power.  This gained him the attention of Sheperd.  Sipes had an accomplished career at Berkeley Springs.

 

FairmontSeniorPolarBears

Dante Stills (DL) Fairmont Senior

Status: Committed to West Virginia

Stills led his team to back-to-back State Championship games.  A highly recruited athlete, he also had a great performance in the Under-Armour All-American game.  He will join his brother at WVU.

 

WoodrowWilsonFlyingEagles

Peyton Thomas (DB) Woodrow Wilson

Status: Committed to Alderson Broaddus

Thomas played on several sides of the ball for Woodrow Wilson.  He was a big-play returner and came up with several picks in 2017.  Alderson Broaddus landed his commitment several weeks ago.

 

WheelingParkPatriots

Cross Wilkinson (QB) Wheeling Park

Status: Committed to Toledo

Wilkinson had an incredible run at Wheeling Park, breaking records and winning championships.  He’s one of the most skilled pocket passers the state has seen in the last decade.  He’s following through with his commitment to Toledo.

 

HurricaneRedskins

Dakota Williams (WR) Hurricane

Status: Committed to Arizona Western

Joining his teammate, Williams will try his hand at JUCO ball.  Williams was a constant deep ball threat every single game.  He could strike at any time.  Hopefully, this time next year Williams will get the offers he’s looking for.

 

GeorgeWashingtonPatriots

Tanner Williams (LB) George Washington

Status: Committed to Marshall

Williams had an intense career with George Washington.  He would’ve liked to gone out better as a team but his individual career was great.  He’s going to have a shot to compete at Marshall at a high level.