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Potential Class A conference could help ease travel woes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Perhaps a new Class A football conference would alleviate some of the travel concerns for schools in the southern part of the state.

There has been some discussion on the issue, according to coaches involved.

"We had one meeting last spring and talked of trying to develop a single-A conference,'' said Man coach Harvey Arms. "Five schools showed up. Hopefully, we can maybe keep working and put something together there that will benefit all of us. With these things, you never know until it gets developed.''

Buffalo coach Mike Sawyer said other schools mentioned in the possible league - besides Man and Buffalo - include Sherman, Tug Valley, Van, Valley and Fayetteville.

"My [athletic director] is talking to some people,'' Sawyer said. "I'm hoping something will happen next year.

"If I had to do a schedule, I know how hard it is. Either you do that, or you play nine games.''

Fayetteville is already a member of the Coalfield Conference, but coach Frank Spangler said that doesn't necessarily ensure a full schedule.

"We're only able to schedule about five teams in our conference,'' Spangler said. "The rest of the teams, we can't get them to play us. I don't know why. Gee whiz, we were 0-10 last year.

"That's the way it's always been. I don't know why, but it is. We take it like it is and get the best schedule we can with the schools we play.''

Status quo, however, may not remain for Fayetteville much longer. Spangler sees Fayette County consolidation just down the road.

"There's talk about swallowing us up with Midland Trail and Meadow Bridge,'' Spangler said. "We're all within 7, 8 miles or each other. People in other counties have been hollering about that because we're so close together. Our community's fought it for years, but I see it coming to a screeching halt in the next couple of years.''


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