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With the starts of football at all levels either coming up or already starting, I thought it would be time to take a look at some local programs.

It’s been a while since Princeton Senior High School has gotten off to such an impressive start with two big victories over Lincoln County and Bluefield. They have one of the best quarterbacks in the state in Grant Cochran and head coach Chris Pedigo has built a sound team to complement him.

Being back in the Mountain State Conference with the likes of Woodrow Wilson, Greenbrier East and the Charleston teams will be a challenge for the Tigers, but if they can survive it, a home playoff game or two could be their reward,

As for Concord, the opening game they had Saturday against Emory & Henry had some signs that the program, after years of losing and COVID-19 interruptions , is finally turning matters around,

One problem was the fact that the team was unable to hold leads. Saturday not only saw them rally from behind but stage two strong defensive stands at key points of the game to preserve it.

The offense had two major drives, one a two-minute drill, which were efficient and successful. The veterans on offense, including the line, all had notable games and were joined by junior transfer Cayden Chambers.

The star of the game on defense was fifth-year senior Ty Maust, who had 10 tackles, including a combined tackle in a third quarter goal-line stand which kept the Wasps from going ahead.

The fifth-year seniors on the defense and the offensive line give the team a steady base. Hopefully, they, along with quarterback Jack Mangel, can stay healthy,

As for WVU, I don’t know what to think. They didn’t look good against Pitt and, if they don’t turn it around, they will have a long year.

J.T. Daniels was a sought-after quarterback when he came out of high school and, before getting hurt, was Georgia’s starting quarterback last year. I think (hope) he’ll do well.

It’s painful to say so, given his prominence in WVU football history, but Oliver Luck as athletic director hurt the program. The mess with Bill Stewart/Dana Holgerson and the move to the Big 12, at least where football was concerned, both hurt it.

Of course, in a few weeks, everything I’ve written could be turned on its head. If so, I will own up to it,

Contact Jeff Harvey at delimartman@yahoo.com

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