Nitro Football


2023 Nitro Football Schedule

08/25 Poca | VIEW

09/01 @ St. Albans | VIEW

09/08 @ Herbert Hoover | VIEW

09/15 Chapmanville | VIEW

09/22 @ Wayne | VIEW

10/06 Buffalo | VIEW

10/13 Logan | VIEW

10/20 @ Winfield | VIEW

10/27 Sissonville | VIEW

11/03 Scott | VIEW

2022 Recap

The 2022 football season brought both highs and lows for the Nitro Wildcats. Despite finishing with a 3-7 record, the team showcased moments of brilliance, determination, and resilience throughout the season. Let’s dive into their journey and explore the ups and downs they faced on their quest for victory.

The Nitro Wildcats kicked off their season with a bang, capturing two big victories over Poca and St. Albans. These wins ignited the team’s hopes and set a positive tone for the upcoming challenges. With the offense scoring an average of 18 points per game, they exhibited promising potential.

As the season progressed, the Wildcats encountered formidable opponents, leading to a challenging stretch where they suffered six consecutive losses. This phase tested the team’s resolve, but it also served as a learning experience for the players and coaches.

Amidst the losses, the Nitro Wildcats fought valiantly and played in tightly contested games against Logan and Clay County. These matchups showcased the team’s resilience and ability to compete against strong adversaries. Though they fell short on the scoreboard, these performances provided valuable lessons and opportunities for growth.

Despite a rough stretch, the Wildcats refused to let adversity define their season. In a late-season game against Sissonville, they demonstrated their determination and secured one more hard-earned victory. This win served as a testament to their unwavering spirit and their refusal to give up.

The Nitro Wildcats faced an uphill battle on defense, surrendering an average of 37 points per game. However, it’s important to note that defensive statistics don’t always reflect the effort and dedication exhibited by the players. Each game presented an opportunity for the Wildcats’ defense to refine their skills, adjust strategies, and keep striving for improvement.

The 2022 Nitro Wildcat Football Team endured a rollercoaster ride of triumphs and defeats. Despite finishing with a 3-7 record and facing defensive challenges, the team displayed resilience and determination throughout the season. Their strong start, coupled with gritty performances against tough opponents, showcases the potential and character of the Nitro Wildcats. With the valuable lessons learned and a commitment to growth, the Wildcats are poised to bounce back in future seasons, ready to overcome obstacles and achieve their desired success.


2023 Outlook

The anticipation is mounting as the 2023 football season approaches, and all eyes are on the Nitro Wildcats. Under the leadership of head coach Boom McKinney, the Wildcats have generated considerable buzz during the off-season, positioning themselves as a potential sleeper team in the AA division. With a formidable schedule ahead, including challenging matchups against Herbert Hoover, Winfield, and Scott, the Wildcats are primed to make a statement on the field.

A standout player to watch on the offensive line is Devon Pugh. Pugh’s exceptional strength, agility, and football IQ make him a formidable force in the trenches. His ability to provide solid protection for the quarterback and open up running lanes for the Wildcats’ talented backfield will be crucial to the team’s success.

On the defensive end, linebacker Xiomar Henry is set to make a significant impact. Henry’s exceptional speed, instinct, and relentless pursuit of the ball carrier make him a nightmare for opposing offenses. With his ability to read plays and make timely tackles, Henry will be a cornerstone of the Wildcats’ defensive unit.

Tight end Landon Poniatowski possesses the ideal combination of size and athleticism, making him a reliable target for the Wildcats’ quarterback. Poniatowski’s ability to create mismatches against defenders will provide an added dimension to the Wildcats’ offense. Look for him to make crucial catches in critical situations, providing a reliable outlet for the passing game.

In addition to the impact players mentioned, the Wildcats have a secret weapon in specialist Maddox Cole. Cole’s precision and consistency in the kicking game will be pivotal in securing favorable field position for the team. Whether it’s nailing crucial field goals or pinning opponents deep within their territory, Cole’s contributions will undoubtedly prove invaluable.

Despite their status as a sleeper team, the Wildcats face a demanding schedule featuring formidable opponents. Games against Herbert Hoover, Winfield, and Scott will serve as crucial tests for the team.

As the 2023 football season kicks off, the Nitro Wildcats exude confidence and determination. Coach Boom McKinney has instilled a winning culture within the team, and the impact players such as Devon Pugh, Xiomar Henry, Landon Poniatowski, and specialist Maddox Cole are ready to make their mark on the field. The Wildcats’ journey promises excitement, passion, and the potential for remarkable success as they aim to defy expectations and carve out their place among the AA division’s elite teams.

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2023 Nitro Football Roster

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  • Class: AA
  • City: Nitro
  • County: Kanawha
  • Superintendent: Dr. Tom Williams
  • Principal: Jason Redman
  • Assistant Principal: Niki DeMartino-Gordon, Brian Barth
  • Athletic Director: Garrett Burdette
  • Head Coach: James (Boom) McKinney
  • Assistant Coaches: Thomas Lovejoy, Collin Beckner, Chad Lovejoy, Wes Price, Matt Lovejoy, Shannon Hanning
  • Sports Medicine Staff: : Colton Whittington
  • Cheerleading Coaches: Madison McCloud and Lisa Hedrick
  • Cheerleaders:
  • Nickname: Wildcats
  • Band Director: Rich Brooks
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  • Managers:
  • Statistician:
  • Video: Joe Oliver
  • Head Coach Information
  • Players

    # Pos. Name Gr Ht Wt Avg

    Devon Pugh 12

    Jacob Bowling 12

    Amellio Miller 12

    Chris Hall 12

    Crameron Crandall 12

    Lorenzo Short 12

    Jayden Thomas 12

    Braxton Lovejoy 11

    Issac Samples 11

    Andrew Thomas 11

    Andrew Thomas 11

    Charles Cantrell 11

    Eli Littlejohn 11

    Aric Hale 11

    Ashton Crouch 11

    Deshaun Stotts 11

    Ernest Moody 11

    Zaevyon Dickerson 11

    Maddox Cole 11

    Brogan Chambers 11

    Malachi Thompson 10

    Joshua Buzzard 10

    XZAYVEON Whitestone 10

    Jacob Casto 10

    Luke Shaffer 10

    Coltyn Lycans 10

    Joshua Waller 10

    Jayden Hill 10

    Ty’Lil Mills 10

    Jonathon Sheets 10

    Christopher combs 10

    Landen Hamilton 10

    Aiden Kinser 10

    Tucker Emswiller 10

    Mikael Bosse Jr 10

    Jyns Byrd 10

    Kadir Maxwell 10

    Kasey Elliott 10

    Kaidyn McCallister 10

    Kymani White 9

    Robert Miller 9

    Braylon Price 9

    Lucas Kirk 9

    Trent Jones 9

    Justin Raines 9

    Aiden Preston 9

    Charles James 9

    Ayden Carter 9

    Colton Feming 9

    Dakota Bryant 9

    Brayden Workman 9

    Jordan Boyd 9

    Kristapher White 9

    8 TE / DL Noah Gunter 12 5’8 153

    13 WR / DB Michael Wines 12 5’5 109

    28 Xiomar Henry 12

    56 OL / DL Charles Newsome 12 6′ 152

    62 Dominick Wise 11