Jeff Harvey

I’m not sure how you will take this, but the person I identify most with isn’t real. It’s Charlie Brown, one of the most luckless characters in fiction, who never succeeded in anything and, more often than not, was the victim of other people.

We live in an era where we are all Charlie Brown, with a number of Lucys around to trip us up. The most prominent Lucy at this moment is the coronavirus, which has already claimed one local football game as of this writing.

Having said that, we’re now at a time where Bluefield University, Bluefield State College and Concord University all have football teams at the same time for the first time since 1941.

The BSC program is the newest of the three and is still in the stage of sorting through talent to determine who will play where. They open on Sept. 4 against Lawrence Tech at noon at Mitchell Stadium.

Remember when I wrote about the coronavirus tripping up plans? The CU program hired one of the most successful head coaches in West Virginia high school football history in Dave Walker, only for COVID to wreck two seasons worth of games.

Concord is ranked 10th in the pre-season Mountain East coaches’ poll, but has quite a few experienced returnees in linebackers Dwain Porterfield and Tylen Fowler, defensive back Jonathan Roebuck and defensive linemen Nathan Lease and J.T. Turner, plus receivers Tywan Pearce, who already holds the CU record for kickoff return yardage and ranks in the career top 10 for receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns, and Jarod Bowie, offensive lineman Nathan Toney and kicker Luke Walls.

Technically, Bowie and quarterback Jack Mangel are newcomers, along with punter Giovanni Christiano and defensive back John Merica.

Concord’s first game is Sept. 9 at Glenville State.

As for BU, formerly Bluefield College, they are ranked second in the Mid-South Conference Appalachian Division pre-season poll. Their first game will be tomorrow vs. Thomas More.

The Rams have to settle their quarterback and running back positions to go with a talented defense.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at

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