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Undoubtedly from Morgantown over is the highest growing region in West Virginia. The eastern panhandle is night and day different than it was twenty years ago. It is home to one of, if not, the best dynasties in state history. The region has a very diverse mix of big and small schools as well as historic institutions and schools not even a decade old. Expect plenty of talent and title contenders from here.
With the entire state’s attention on the Bulldogs, we will be very familiar with the team by the end of it. Warren is a rising junior standing around 5’8 and 180 pounds. He holds pure athleticism and playmaking ability as well as some well-coached vision. Martinsburg’s backfield already has two all-state levels players with Naieem Kearney and Trey Sine, so expect to see Warren in a variety of different places.
No player in the eastern panhandle will outsize See this year. In fact, no one in the state will. The 2020 prospect is a legitimate 6’10” and 340 pounds. His junior year was hampered with injuries but through off-season camps it appears he is back to full go. Strangely enough, See’s game has a substantial amount of finesse and is very flexible in terms of getting off blocks and making tackles. Already on a stellar frontline unit, See could become a complete gamechanger.
Moorefield has began climbing their way back into relevance. After a lengthy losing streak, 2018 gained them some victories. A big part of this positive direction was Matthew Jenkins. Around 5’10 and 200 pounds, he is a fantastic two-way player. He has great football speed and is hard-nosed. This allows him to be a quality runningback as well an all-state level linebacker. He is only a rising junior, too.
Spring Mills was a big question mark in 2018. They were one of the youngest overall units in AAA. This was also accompanied with the strategy to keep their freshman together before moving them up to varsity. The Cardinals’ rising sophomores and juniors look to be some of the most promising in the state. Considering they made the playoffs last year- with mostly everyone back, Spring Mills might assert themselves much higher than people are thinking.
It has been a tough few years for Preston. Being by-far the most rural AAA school in the state, this has made being a playoff contender tough. However, despite a tough go of it a year prior, they will have a much more experienced team than used to returning. Plenty of bright spots are on the field such as wide receiver/defensive back Colten Rosenberger, linebacker Ayden Bishoff, and defensive back Jaxs Lewis. We’re hoping to see some positive movement.
After the best run in school history for several seasons, 2018 was a meager season. They lost some close heartbreakers while still maintaining one of the more competitive Class A schedules. The fallout of losing such a large and talented 2017 class is beginning to fade and a new generation appears deep with skill and ready to have the Cougars back in the top 10 and postseason.