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The Coalfields Region in our terms is the southeastern section of the state. It is the least populated compared to our other four regions (M/D Panhandle, North West, and Valley) but still produces some fantastic players and teams. There are only three AAA schools so the majority of the region is comprised of smaller AA’s and A’s. Regardless, it is an area rich in football tradition with plenty of legendary schools. Expect several playoff teams and title contenders from here.
Bower came onto the scene as a sophomore for Wyoming East in 2018. Standing around 5’10” and pushing towards 200 pounds, he is considered as one of the best halfbacks in the state. He possesses a legit combination of size and speed which has seen him put up the best shuttle times (around 4.00) at large combines and also win powerlifting competitions. He also has a veteran quarterback and set of receivers which should keep defenses from stacking up to stop him. He already had a stat-packed sophomore season so expect a year of big games from him.
Miller saw his role and impact increase more and more into the season for Independence. After a year in the weightroom and some experience training for the front lines, his senior year looks to be promising. He will head a defensive front touted to be one of the larger in the region. Miller himself is well-sized at roughly 6’2″ and 250 pounds. He has deceiving speed and true strength to disrupt backfields and get to quarterback. Miller will be a key player in an improved Patriot defense.
Princeton’s air raid took a big step in 2018. Ranson Graham’s favorite target by-far was Chiron Cannady who is now graduated. A talented corps returns, however, and Parsons appears to be the expected primary target. At 6’3″ and with vertical speed, he will be a great target for all types of routes. He will also only be a junior. It should be an exciting year for the 2021 prospect with plenty of opportunities to make big catches and plays.
The current Class A king of the Coalfields region. Midland Trail has been incredibly successful for several years now. In 2018, they proved they could survive the departure of an all-state senior class. 2019 will boast the same predicament. They must replace Austin Isaacs, a dual-threat all-state quarterback, several top runningbacks, Cordell Lesher, their defensive centerpiece at linebacker, and Hunter Jones, who tallied a school-record number of sacks the last two seasons. Plenty of athletes return like Colton Yoder and John Starks as well a promising “Great Wall of Hico” line. The attempted reload will be interesting to unfold with plenty of “on-the-up” teams on their ticket.
Mount View has lost a lot in the last seven months. They graduated the two horses of the program: Elijah Barner and Ty Powell. Both were their go-to threats on offense and defense. Coach Larry Thompson also took a head coaching job at Wyoming East after getting his first winning season and the Golden Knights’ best year since 2003. Several key players have transferred out as well including promising senior receiver Marqus Ray to Graham (VA). Talent still remains with Jesse Rose at quarterback, Jasauni Sizemore in the secondary, and Liam Fultineer, one of the best lineman in the state, on the front. It should be interesting to see how the loads of changes affect the reigning quarterfinalists.
Inversely, the Warriors have gained several big transfers and additions. Of course, Larry Thompson will take over a roster with interesting talent. Quarterback Seth Ross has been around the camp circuit all off-season and expects to build on a solid junior campaign. His sole target in 2018 was Jake Bishop but is now joined with Summers County-transfer Keandre Sarver. Those are two all-state level threats. Include Caleb Bower, who we already touched on, and this offense looks capable of putting up numbers. They also have a well-sized line and some other transfers in. However, they must go out and do it. Wyoming East lost their final four games of 2018 including a finale in which they lost 32-0 to a winless Liberty (Raleigh).