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Week 1 H.S. Football Previews
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Week 1 H.S. Football Previews:
(all games 7:30 unless otherwise noted, thank you)
(records denote 2014 totals)
(13-1)Bridgeport at (7-4)Buckhannon-Upshur: Bridgeport begins defense of their back-to-back Class "AA" state titles with their traditional opener in Tennerton. This is a series that dates all the way back to 1939. The Indians welcome back their top four rushers from the 2014 team (Dylan Tonkery, Dante Bonamico, Zach Spurlock, Elijah Drummond). BHS has not lost to a Class "AA" team since falling to Keyser in the 2012 state semifinals. Buckhannon-Upshur has made steady progress under third-year head coach Duane Stoeckle. The Bucs went from 3-7 in 2013 to 7-4 in 2014, qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since 2005. This game features two major-award winners from last fall. BHS' Dante Bonamico won the Sam Huff Award (top defensive player) while BUHS' Marcus Lofton won the Carl Lee Award (top defensive back). Last year: Bridgeport won 38-7.
(4-8)Anacostia-DC at (4-6)Morgantown, 7:00: Morgantown looks to return to the playoffs after missing the postseason for the first time since 1994. Five of Morgantown's six losses were by nine points or less. New starting quarterback Zane Hearn takes the reins of the offense. Returning all-stater Maverick Wolfley will be a major factor on both sides of the ball. Last year: Morgantown won 41-0.
(3-7)Gilmer County at (2-8)Calhoun County: The Titans begin life after Austin Ratliff. The all-stater has been a key element of the Gilmer offense, accounting for over 2,500 total yards in 2014. The Titans will open the season with three of their first four games on the road. Last year: Calhoun County won 41-30.
(3-7)Braxton County at (2-8)Lincoln: After fifteen years at the helm of the East Fairmont Bees, Bill Haddox has headed south to take over the Braxton County Eagles. Haddox takes over for Rob Cline, who led BCHS for the past two seasons. Lincoln begins life after Jarrod Kellar. The 2-time all-stater is now playing quarterback at California(PA). Kobie Carpenter takes the reins of the Cougar offense. The LHS defense gave up an average of 35 points per game last fall. Last year: Braxton County won 13-6.
(7-3)Valley Fayette at (11-2)Clay-Battelle: The Cee-Bees are coming off their best season in school history, advancing to the Class "A" semifinals. CBHS also went 7-0 at home. All-state quarterback Jarret Hockenberry returns for his senior season but the Cee-Bees must break in a total of sixteen new starters. Valley won seven games in 2014 yet the Greyhounds missed the playoffs. Last year: Teams did not play.
(6-4)South Harrison at (8-3)Doddridge County: In a highly anticipated season opener for both teams, Doddridge County looks to run their win streak over the Hawks to five. The Bulldogs erased a 17-point deficit to win last year's meeting in Lost Creek. Despite the season-opening loss, South Harrison posted a 4-win improvement last fall, posting their first winning season since 2007. Doddridge qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2003, falling to Buffalo in round one. They must replace multiple all-state linebacker Wyatt Ford. Last year: Doddridge County won 27-23.
(3-7)East Fairmont at (5-5)Liberty: John Geary has taken over for Bill Haddox to lead the Eastside Bees. Liberty posted a 4.5-win improvement in their first season under head coach A.J. Harman. The Mountaineers were in playoff contention right up until their final game of 2014. The Big 10's 2nd-leading rusher Logan Robey has moved on from LHS, so the Mountaineers will look for a more diversified offensive attack this fall. Last year: Liberty won 22-8.
(1-9)North Marion at (3-7)Elkins: The Huskies won their 2014 season finale at Lincoln to avoid a winless season. North has welcomed in Mark Yoho as their offensive coordinator. Yoho led the Grafton Bearcats to the 2008 Class "AA" State Championship. Elkins must replace 1,300-yard rusher Morgan Kelly. The Tigers passed the 34-point mark four times in 2014. Last year: Elkins won 50-20.
(9-3)Robert C. Byrd at (7-4)Fairmont Senior: In what is annually one of the best Week 1 matchups, Fairmont Senior looks to avenge last year's loss to the Flying Eagles. Fairmont won seven games last fall and nearly upset Wayne in round one. The Polar Bears welcome back several key skill players with quarterback Dominic Smith, running back Bryson Gilbert and receiver Nick Davisson. After the retirement of Bruce Carey, Bryan Fisher begins his second stint as RCB's head coach. Fisher was the Eagles' offensive coordinator last season. RCB has won five postseason games in the last three seasons. Mutiple all-stater Juwan Jones-Wright returns as a key player on both sides of the ball. Last year: Robert C. Byrd won 28-7.
(1-9)Philip Barbour at (6-4)Grafton: The Colts qualified for the playoffs in 2013 but could only muster one win last fall. Leading rusher Michael McViker returns and Chris Neville will line up at multiple spots on offense. Grafton posted a 5.5-win improvement in 2014. Third-year head coach Drew Toth welcomes back third-year starting quarterback Cole Collins to run the Bearcat offense. Last year: Grafton won 47-19.
(8-3)Lewis County at (1-9)Oak Hill: After spending eight seasons on the Minutemen coaching staff, Dustin Cogar has taken over in South Weston. Cogar was the defensive coordinator for Eddie Vincent, who won fifty games in eight seasons before accepting the assistant principal/athletic director position at Buckhannon-Upshur. Lewis has advanced to the playoffs six times since 2009. Last year: Lewis County won 42-7.
(6-4)Bellaire Saint John's-OH at (8-3)Notre Dame: The Irish won eight consecutive games to close the 2014 regular season, earning the #3 seed in the Class "A" playoffs. They were eliminated by East Hardy in round one. The Irish must replace Harrison County's all-time leading rusher and Frank Loria Award winner Santino Cava. Returning starting quarterback and leading tackler Jordan Miller is back for his senior season. Notre Dame will play their first five games of the season at home (Fairmont State University). Last year: Teams did not play.
(5-5)Preston at (5-5)Hampshire: The Knights enter their third season under head coach Jonathan Tennant. Preston won five of seven to open up the 2014 season, but three losses to close the year cost the Knights a playoff spot. The Big 10's leading rusher Josiah Nuse has graduated but fourth-year starting quarterback Scott Stone returns. Last year: Preston won 22-13.
(13-1)Saint Marys at (3-7)Ritchie County: The Rebels begin their first season under head coach Kaleb Lawrence. Mike Dawson stepped down in the offseason after leading Ritchie to three playoff appearances in four seasons. Saint Marys won their first thirteen games of 2014 before falling to Williamstown in the Class "A" State Championship. Last year: Saint Marys won 47-0.
(4-6)Tucker County at (5-5)Pocahontas County: Tucker is looking to return to the postseason after missing the playoffs for just the second time in the past decade. Daniel Kisamore returns to lead the Tucker offense for the second year in a row. Last year: Pocahontas County won 13-6.
(7-4)Pendleton County at (1-9)Tygarts Valley: Pendleton County is coming off a playoff appearance. They were eliminated in round one by the eventual champs from Williamstown. Tygarts Valley has won just six games since 2009 but they return second-year head coach Chris Dorminey and thousand-yard rusher P.J. Lanham. Last year: Pendleton County won 46-8.
(7-4)Tyler Consolidated at (12-2)Williamstown: The Silver Knights took a major step forward in 2014, clinching a playoff berth as the #8 seed. Two of their three losses were two the Class "A" State Championship game participants (Saint Marys, Williamstown). Junior running back Jace Reed returns after a thousand-yard season. Last year: Williamstown won 30-7.
(5-5)John Marshall at (10-2)University: University was the last of the local Class "AAA" teams standing in 2014, advancing to the quarterfinals. New starters will make up the majority on both sides of the ball. The Dean of area head coaches John Kelley is installing a new, triple option offense. Junior Isaiah Utt will be the top rushing threat. He scored seven touchdowns in four games last fall (suffered ankle injury in Week 2). Last year: University won 21-12.
(5-5)Valley Wetzel at (6-4)Bridgeport-OH, 7:00: Under rookie head coach Shane Highley, the Lumberjacks posted a .500 season (up from 3 wins in 2013). Valley scored twenty or more points in eight games last season. Trey Streets returns to lead the VWHS offense after a 2,100-yard season. Last year: Valley Wetzel won 30-14.
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- Williamstown 38 - Tyler Consolidated 21
- Preston 30 - Hampshire 20
- Oak Hill 31 - Lewis County 21
- Pendleton County 39 - Tygarts Valley 15
- Elkins 17 - North Marion 14
- Elkins 17 - North Marion 14
- Morgantown 50 - Anacostia-DC 30
- John Marshall 22 - University 11
- Clay-Battelle 46 - Valley Fayette 25