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Class A: Watson leads Williamstown past Tug Valley 42-28

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RED JACKET — Seemingly, all the talk this season centered around how new faces kept popping up among Class A playoff contenders.

Well, the first team to secure a spot in the Supe...

Capital hosts Martinsburg in semifinal rematch

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Different teams have used different strategies this season when defending Capital, the state’s highest-scoring squad.

Some opt to focus on Kashuan Haley, the Cougars’ breakaway threat at tailback. Oth...

South Charleston gets third chance to solve Huntington

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South Charleston has spent much of the past two seasons dazzling teams around the state with its free-wheeling offense.

Everybody, that is, except Huntington High.

The Highlanders have managed to slow the hig...

AAA: After slow start, it’s the same old Martinsburg

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Martinsburg, a program that has ruled high school football longer than any team in Class AAA history, was looking a bit vulnerable back in September.

The Bulldogs managed to win three of their first four games, but...

South Charleston, Huntington have surmounted injuries

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Hard to believe that a couple of weeks ago, South Charleston and Huntington were both scrambling to fill a void caused by a season-ending injury to perhaps their most indispensable player.

Now look at them. Each is...

AAA playoff notes: More defensive doings at Huntington

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Huntington’s defense last year was indeed one for the ages.

The Highlanders ended the regular season allowing the fewest points of any team in the state (93) and gave up just 20 total touchdowns in 14 games....

Back in semis, upstart SC hosts Huntington

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South Charleston keeps losing key players on offense and just keeps rolling along.

The Black Eagles forged their way into the Class AAA semifinals for the first time since 2010 in Morgantown Friday night, beating U...

Class AAA: Late score lifts South Charleston into semifinals

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va — Franco Harris, move on over. You’ve got company when it comes to Immaculate Receptions.

Fred Crozier caught a disputed 5-yard touchdown pass from Kentre Grier with 33 seconds left F...

Steady Wheeling Park takes on high-scoring Capital

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Not many people gave Wheeling Park much of a chance to repeat its success of a year ago when stud running back Savion Johnson suffered a season-ending knee injury in early August.

But the Patriots are just one step...

University hopes to slow SC’s potent offense

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University coach John Kelley isn’t going to shy away from using every angle at his disposal when his team runs into offensive powerhouse South Charleston tonight in the Class AAA playoff quarterfinals.

Kicko...

25 years later, Capital out to repeat ’89 title

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Capital’s football team has done more than just wake up the echoes around Laidley Field this season. In some respects, it’s matched them holler for holler.

This season marks both the 25th anniversary ...

University, SC took different paths

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The seasons for South Charleston and University have been about as dissimilar as you can get.

The Hawks seem to play nothing but close games. Most Black Eagles’ games are runaways.

University thrives w...

Playoff notes: Passing fad? Wayne now likes to chuck it

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Wayne has been a mainstay in the Class AA playoffs since the calendar flipped to 2000, reaching the state finals seven times and capturing three titles in that stretch.

A big majority of the Pioneers’ work d...

Points plentiful during opening round of playoffs

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Was this the first round of the state football playoffs or the first round of the state basketball tournament?

Check out some of the following scores from last weekend’s opening round of postseason play:

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Class AAA: Huntington shuts down Hurricane again

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HUNTINGTON — Hurricane managed a little more offense this time, but still couldn’t outscore Huntington’s defense and special teams.

Dionne Jackson returned an inter...

Class AAA: No. 6 South Charleston pulls away from No. 11 Spring Valley

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. ­— Chrisjamar Perkins hasn’t been stuck in pressure situations very often during his short tenure as the lead running back for South Charleston, but he’s apparently warming to ...

Saturday playoff previews: Midland tackles Parkersburg again

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Cabell Midland hit Parkersburg with a triple whammy during the regular season — three backs with over 100 yards rushing in a 42-21 Knights victory on Sept. 12.

Midland rolled up more than 450 yards on the gr...

Capital collides with up-and-down Parkersburg South

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Capital has to wonder which Parkersburg South shows up tonight when the teams collide in a Class AAA first-round playoff game at Laidley Field.

Will it be the Patriots squad that traveled to Morgantown and won earl...

Brown, Spring Valley ready for rematch with SC

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Spring Valley’s Tyler Brown gets a second chance to show South Charleston what he’s all about.

Brown, a senior quarterback considered one of the state’s best players at his position, leads the ...

Hurricane baseball trio signing Friday

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Three members of Hurricane’s Class AAA state champion baseball team will be signing with Division I programs Friday.

Pitcher-first baseman J.T. Rogoszewski is bound for North Carolina, shortstop Trey Dawson ...

Versatile Watts doing it all for Hurricane

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If you’re scanning the list of MSAC rushing leaders this season, you probably won’t find Conner Watts’ name.

Likewise, if you glance at the league’s top receivers, you might not see the ...

Nitro, Riverside football coaches resign

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Kanawha County has not one, but two football coaching positions to fill.

Nitro’s Derek Midkiff and Riverside’s Steven Freeman both recently stepped down following disappointing seasons. Midkiff had be...

Mitchell, Yates spark Point Pleasant’s potent offense

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If Point Pleasant is going to make any noise in the upcoming Class AAA playoffs, Cody Mitchell and Aden Yates will probably be the ones making the biggest racket.

Mitchell, a junior running back, and Yates, a senio...

South Charleston turns to Perkins for production

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As South Charleston embarks on its latest playoff run, a couple of nagging questions follow the Black Eagles.

First, can they make up for the loss of senior linebacker-running back and team leader A.D. Cunningham, ...

Rematches dot first-round football playoff matchups

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As is often the case, the first round of the state high school football playoffs has turned into the Re-Match Game.

Three of the five Kanawha Valley teams qualifying for the postseason have earned second matchups a...

Haley shines as Capital cruises against George Washington

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Half the job is complete for Capital. Now comes the hard part.

The Cougars wrapped up their first unbeaten regular season in 23 years Friday night, rolling to a 42-13 victory over crosstown rival George Washington ...

GW needs win vs. unbeaten Capital — or else

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George Washington began the season with a lopsided loss to neighboring rival South Charleston. Tonight in their regular-season finale, the Patriots hope to avoid a bookend defeat to crosstown rival Capital.

Their p...

Friday’s prep football previews: Spring Valley, Hurricane have plenty to play for

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Each side has plenty of motivation tonight as Spring Valley wraps up the regular season at Hurricane. Kickoff is set for 7:30.

For the Timberwolves (7-2), it’s getting a home game in the first round of next ...

Hoover needs win, help to make AA playoffs

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Rare is the season when 15 of the 16 available playoff spots are locked up with one week left in the regular season.

But that’s the case this year in Class AA, as just one position remains to be decided on F...

No. 1 seed within Capital’s grasp

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It’s all laid out for Capital.

Win their final regular-season game Friday at home against George Washington and the Cougars tote the No. 1 seed into the Class AAA playoffs the following weekend.

That m...

Pratt, Capital pound Hurricane 68-14

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HURRICANE, W.Va. — This wasn’t supposed to be one of those lopsided games where the outcome is decided by halftime. But you get the feeling that anything is possible with this Capital team.

Tyrhee Pra...

Explosive Capital visits streaking Hurricane

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In preparation for tonight’s game against Capital, Hurricane coach Jeremy Taylor was watching video of the Cougars’ earlier contest against Cabell Midland.

What he saw made him start and stop the repl...

Friday’s previews: South Charleston, Huntington try to overcome injuries

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Whichever team can adapt better on the fly may hold the upper hand for tonight’s important Class AAA game pitting Huntington against South Charleston.

Both the Black Eagles (8-1, No. 6) and the Highlanders (...

South Charleston’s Cunningham lost for season

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South Charleston’s goal of getting back to the Class AAA championship game just took a blind-side hit.

A.D. Cunningham, a senior running back-linebacker and potential Division I player, has been ruled out fo...

Childers carrying the load for Midland

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Last year, Cabell Midland didn’t need Alex Childers to run the ball very much.

The Knights boasted three 1,000-yard rushers last season — Kasey Thomas, Teran Barnitz and Dontae’ Hendricks ...

MSAC teams rising in ratings

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With just two weeks remaining in the regular season, the MSAC is hammering out some of the prime spots in the Class AAA playoff field.

According to preliminary calculations on WVtailgatecentral.com, Capital and Cab...

South Charleston tops Riverside, 58-14

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Between the first and second quarters Friday night, South Charleston celebrated the 20th anniversary of its 1994 Class AAA championship, with several players from that team returning to take their bows...

Playoffs beckon as Sissonville, Hoover hit the road

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The calendar hasn’t even flipped to November yet, but it will feel like playoff time tonight for a pair of Kanawha County Class AA teams.

With each toting a 4-3 record, Sissonville and Herbert Hoover head up...

Friday’s prep football previews: GW seeks rebound

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After suffering back-to-back losses the last two weeks, George Washington has dropped from 10th to 17th in the Class AAA playoff ratings.

The Patriots (4-3) attempt to right the ship tonight when Parkersburg (3-4) ...

Prep football notes: Burgess fitting in at Buffalo

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Buffalo coach Mike Sawyer knew he had a good quarterback coming into the season in Ethan Burgess.

Just how good? Well, Sawyer really didn’t know because Burgess was only a freshman and untested in varsity pl...

Cabell Midland storms past George Washington

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Cabell Midland played a sloppy game in the first half Friday night, but George Washington couldn’t turn most of the miscues into points.

However, when GW started dropping the ball in the second half, the Kni...

Prep football previews: Hoover hoping to make run at Wayne

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When senior running back Shaun Dotson is off and running, good things generally happen for Herbert Hoover. But when he’s not ... well, the Huskies have been known to struggle.

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Midland, GW try to bounce back

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It may boil down to which team can shake off its hangover quicker.

Cabell Midland and George Washington, a pair of Class AAA playoff hopefuls, look to bounce back from last week’s losses when they tangle at ...

Dazzling numbers adding up for Point

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Point Pleasant has been getting its point across.

No team in West Virginia has been putting up the numbers like the Big Blacks have through the first seven weeks of the season.

Point not only sports the state...

Nine’s enough for Point (games, that is)

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So far, Point Pleasant experienced more trouble putting together its football schedule for this season than it’s actually had playing that schedule.

The Big Blacks (7-0), one of two remaining unbeaten teams ...

Notebook: Cabell Midland, George Washington seek rebound

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Call it the Bounce-Back Bowl at Steve Edwards Sr. Field on Friday.

Cabell Midland and George Washington, top-10 teams in the Class AAA playoff ratings who suffered disheartening losses last week, collide Friday nig...

Capital tops Cabell Midland in a thriller

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ONA, W.Va. — Cabell Midland probably thought it had Capital right where it wanted.

The Knights, though, probably didn’t count on Kashuan Haley popping yet another big play.

With the Cougars back...

Capital visits Midland in 1 vs. 2 showdown

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For the third straight week, Capital finds itself in a tough test to keep its unbeaten start alive.

Tonight, it’s nothing less than No. 2 Cabell Midland (6-0) awaiting the No. 1 Cougars (5-0) in Ona. Kickoff...

Friday’s previews: GW’s run game, Hurricane’s pass attack clash

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If nothing else, it shouldn’t be 60-54 again.

That was the score the last time George Washington played Hurricane — with the Patriots surviving to take a shootout win last year — but don’...

Ravenswood marks 100 years of football Saturday

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History will be saluted and perhaps history will be made Saturday night when Ravenswood celebrates its football centennial during the school’s homecoming game against Braxton County.

A crowd of about 5,000 t...