CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- I had a couple of neat things cross my desk recently relating to high school football.
The state of West Virginia figures prominently into a whale of a fantasy football trip being planned this October by a father and his two stepsons from the northwest - Wayne Lundberg and Brent and Steve Meiser.
They are coming east for a venture that could include five games at various levels and a visit to the Pro Football Hall of Fame - all in less than one week.
Right now, Lundberg, who lives in Redmond, Wash. (near Seattle), and Brent Meiser, 39, from Nampa, Idaho, plan to fly to Cleveland on Wednesday, Oct. 16, and tour the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Then they'll be joined the following day by Steve Meiser, 36, from Sherwood, Ore., after he finishes a business trip in Harrisburg, Pa.
Most likely, that trio will watch an Ohio high school game to be determined on the Thursday night, then drive down to West Virginia the following day and, on Friday night, Oct. 18, take in the George Washington at Cabell Midland high school contest that matches teams that finished as runners-up in the last two Class AAA state title games.
The next day, Lundberg and his sons travel up Interstate 79 to Morgantown for the Texas Tech-WVU game, then move up to the pro ranks Sunday for Ravens vs. Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, a 4:25 p.m. kickoff on Oct. 20. Before they're done, they'll fly to Newark, N.J., to take in some Monday Night Football flavor as the New York Giants host the Minnesota Vikings.
"We're going to create a lot of great memories along the way,'' Wayne Lundberg said. "It's just delightful. It's not an effort at all.''
I first got wind of their whirlwind tour in late June when Wayne called our office inquiring about a good West Virginia high school game to attend on Oct. 17 or 18. I told him I was typing in the entire statewide schedule that very day and would get back to him when I finished. Unfortunately, there were no prep games in West Virginia on that Thursday.
As more and more details spilled out about their trip, Wayne asked if I could also hook them up instead with a Thursday high school game somewhere in Ohio. So I contacted a friend in Ohio about getting me a list of high school games, and there were eight to choose from.
I have a feeling they might wind up just north of Columbus at the game pitting Westerville Central (7-3 last year) at Westerville South (8-3). There are three games that night closer to Canton (their starting point), but none is a better matchup than Central-South, and they could catch a glimpse of the Ohio state capital and perhaps 102,000-seat Ohio Stadium on Woody Hayes Drive. The other available games are in the Toledo, Cincinnati or Dayton areas.
As per Wayne's original inquiry, I narrowed down Friday's West Virginia high school games to two - Elkins at Wheeling Park and GW at Midland. I suggested the former simply because Wheeling was closer to Canton and would have made for an easier trip to Morgantown the next day. Plus, they'd get to see a football rarity, Elkins' single-wing offense, on the field turf at Wheeling Island Stadium, which should be a good show.
But Lundberg said he and his sons weren't opposed to driving through the Kanawha Valley on Friday for a better game and then heading up to Morgantown late that night. So I'll be forwarding him directions to Ona in the coming days.
That is, unless that GW-Midland game is moved to Thursday for local television, as is currently being discussed. In that case, Lundberg and sons will likely skip Ohio and come to West Virginia a day earlier to attend that game, then I'll help them find another worthwhile Friday night contest elsewhere in our state.
Wayne explained that he and Steve made a similar trip four years ago, hitting the Trinity-L.D. Bell high school game near Dallas on a Thursday, taking in the Louisiana Tech-Boise State game in Ruston, La., on a Friday night, then drove four hours to get halfway to Tuscaloosa, Ala., so they could make the Saturday afternoon LSU game at Alabama. The next day, they flew to Philadelphia for the Eagles-Cowboys Monday nighter, then flew to Cleveland for a visit to the Pro Football Hall and then back home.
"An absolute blast,'' Wayne Lundberg said.
Lundberg, 70, apparently can't sit still very long. He and his wife, Diane, just took a three-week cruise in Europe that ended Aug. 1.