Will Griffith be back at Scott?

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What a way to end a high school football season for the local lads. Unfortunately, none of Boone County’s three programs were successful in terms of wins and losses this year. Scott ended on a dreadfully down note, losing its final game by a huge margin to Logan. The contest was not as close as the final score made it seem.

Logan, on the other hand, is Class AAA playoff bound and we’ll discuss that in a minute or so.

Of course, Van fell to powerful Man in their finale over at Man. Sherman had already closed out a losing season last week.

I know … I know. It isn’t all about wins and losses. There is nobody who believes that more than me. I KNOW athletics is designed not only to entice competition but also to build character. It is safe to say there should have been some real character-building going on in Boone this season.

Fans, coaches and players alike put a great deal of emphasis on wins and losses, whether they are important or not. Watch a team fold in the early season and see the gate decrease for each and every home game. Sad but true, everyone loves a winner. That could be why I am so adored among the masses, but we’ll leave that for someone else to analyze.

One thing I do believe is that all three Boone high school coaches are quality material. I don’t think any of them want to lose and I know they take defeats harder than most of the fans. It is not time to turn on the coaching staffs nor the young men who put their skills on the line every week for the local community. It IS time for fans everywhere to get behind their children; show them support and concern; and let’s all look forward to some hard conditioning and better seasons next year.

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I mentioned before; traditionally, I don’t cover losers.

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Speaking of losers, it is possible to believe the Lincoln County Panthers are not the worst team in the state? Certainly in Triple A; maybe in every division down to Midgets? I long criticized the coaching techniques of Cory Beck. If anything, under “Oil Derrick” Christian, it just got worse. My, my, my.

Lincoln County scored a “grand” total of 101 points for the entire season. They allowed their opponents 469. That means they got beat by an average of 36 points a game! And the schedule was downgraded to include pitiful Double A teams they thought they could beat.

Holy Yeager! What on earth could cause a team that allegedly includes talent from Guyan Valley, Hamlin and Duval to be so bad? In case nobody recalls, Guyan Valley and Duval were WINNING programs at the Single A level. Both were threats when they were elevated to Double A. While the greatest talent from Duval goes somewhere other than Hamlin, one would think there would be SOMEBODY who could lead this team to at least one win.

Look at the Duval Raider midget program. They just won both the A and B team championships in the Boone-Lincoln Midget Football League. They are regularly powerhouses at that level. Where do all those athletes go? Either somewhere else or they don’t play football at LCHS. What a shame and what a pity.

Somebody needs to step up, take charge of a Triple A football program and quit running it like Hamlin High2. While the elitists sit in their lawn chairs beside the press box, the team is in shambles. Can nobody but me see that?

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I have no idea for certain if Shane Griffith is hanging it up as Scott High football coach. Rumors abounded over the weekend and I couldn’t reach him, either on his cell or his home phone

If Griffith goes, Scott will be losing a quality man; a good coach; and someone youngsters can definitely look up to. Instead of blaming losses on his players, Griffith always took the heat. He was — and is — a perfectionist. He expects that in his players and he expects it in himself. Nobody is a tougher critic of Shane Griffith than Shane Griffith. He is much better than he gives himself credit for.

If Griffith goes, I will surely miss him. I will miss his smile and even his gruffness. He is a coach’s coach. He looks like a football coach; he acts like a football coach; he IS a football coach.

Well do I recall how professionally he handled the best high school player ever to come out of these hills, Jordan Roberts. Griffith worked with Roberts, who is no stranger to work himself, and helped mold him into the professional player he is today. Any coach could take a page from Griffith’s book if he or she wants to know how to be a good coach.

I hope the rumors are not true. I hope, if they are, that Griffith changes his mind. The young men of Madison — and I — need him,

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Speaking of Roberts, rumors have floated that he may be signed as a free agent by another National Football League team before this season ends. Roberts started the year with Kansas City but was cut in the early going.

A family member told me she had heard nothing of such rumors. She did confirm, however, that Roberts has been contacted by some Canadian Football League teams. That league is about to end the 2013 season, so it is suspected he would be signed for next year if he goes North.

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Now, let’s look at the high school football playoffs, even if we don’t have a dog in the hunt.

In the Triple A first round, I expect top-ranked Huntington to devour Lewis County while number two Martinsburg beats up on Spring Valley. The third-ranked Capital Cougars will have their hands full with Hurricane but will prevail in the end. It’s a sentimental journey for Logan, with long-time Head Coach Gary Mullins retiring, but I think Point Pleasant is just too much for the Wildcats. Logan is, however, my favorite since my youngest son, Chay, graduated from there. So I will be rooting for the Wildcats. No impartiality here.

Number five Wheeling Pabjrk gets a visit from South Charleston and I am predicting an upset in this one. The Eagles fly and Park will die as South Charleston marches on The battle of Morgantown continues with University High and Morgantown High matching up. Frankly, I’d as soon both of these lose but since they can’t, I’ll take University but an upset is clearly possible. Number seven Cabelll Midland will be much too much for Washington.

In the rubber game of the afternoon, number eight George Washington hosts Oak Hill Friday evening. It’s a home game for GeeDub and I still think they are among the elite in high school football under the Edwards clan. I predict an easy GW win in this one

The Class AA pairings are intriguing as well. Top-ranked Wayne will make easy work of Philip Barbour while second-ranked Bridgeport tramps all over Roane County. Third-rated Bluefield will make easy work of Ravenswood. Number four Frankfort will have no trouble with my sentimental favorite in this class (don’t ask why), Robert C. Byrd. Number five Summers County will dispatch Ritchie County with little trouble. Wyoming East, my least favorite in the field, will take out Nicholas County.

I think Keyser will spring the upset on seventh-ranked Fairmont Senior while number nine Mingo Central upends Sissonville.

In Single A, I expect first-place Madonna to defeat Tucker County. Second-ranked St. Marys will make easy work of East Hardy. At number three, Valley (Fayette) will drop Magnolia of New Martinsville at Charleston’s University of Charleston Stadium.

Wheeling Central will pull the upset and defeat fourth-ranked Williamstown. Number five Man, the local favorite, will have little trouble with Bishop Donahue. Sixth-ranked Moorefield will dispatch Meadow Bridge. Greenbrier West will defeat another of my sentimental favorites, Clarksburg Notre Dame. Wahama will whip Clay Battelle.

So, there you have it. Call your favorite Las Vegas or Delbarton bookie and make your sure bets.

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Finally, it is at this time of year and especially when Notre Dame makes the playoffs that I reflect on one of my heroes, the late Coach Ken Insani of Clarksburg. Coach Insani left us much too early at this season of the year and I miss his wisdom and input into my weekly columns. He is greatly loved, missed and adored by all who knew him. I cannot mention Clarksburg Notre Dame without thinking of him.

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Call or email your stories, rumors, or game results. My cell is 304-533-5185.

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