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Sunday, August 24, 1975
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jIF -August24,1975 tmfav Cjterir4. *eg v*ij(»i» Montgomery, Mt.Hope Look For Off ensive Line Help Montgomery COACH: Charley Dotson (third year 1H4 RECORD: 9-2 TOP RETURNEES: Ronnie Coats (QB- S. Sr.. 6-2. 170 1. (Jan- F.vansjTB-CH. Sr 6-0. 160). Tony Newkirk (FB-LB. Sr., 5-11. 160). John Smoot (T-MG, Sr., 64. 260)! Jimmy Divita (LB-FB. Jr., 6-0, 210). Calvin Bowles (HB-CB. Sr.. 5-10, 155). George Brockman (SE-LB. Jr.. 5-11, 160) . TOP NEWCOMERS: Terry Brockman (TB. Jr.. 5-11. 165). George Cosby (T. Sr.. 6-2. 210). James Rollins (C, Sr.. 6-2. 180) Ross Crowder (TE, Sr., 6-0. 170). ' OUTLOOK: Continued improvement is the goal at Montgomery, but even with a dozen lettermen returning it's not going to be easy to top the Greyhounds' 9-2 mark of last year. Montgomery lost in the first round of the 1974 Class A playoffs, and has records of 6-4 and 9-2 under Dotson. ; "We lost all five regular offensive linemen from last year's team." pointed out Dotson. "But we do have four returnees [rom last year's starting backfield." The backfield returnees are quarterback Ronnie Coats, tailback Gary Evans, fullback Tony N e w k i r k a n d h a l f b a c k C a l v i n Bowles. « MONTGOMERY '· Aug 2?. Miiion. A, Sept. 5, Charleston Catholic, H- 12 Jan Hill. H, 19, Braxlon, A; 27, Welch, H; Oct,3, Man' iT 10 Summcrsville. A, 17, Gauley Bridge, A - 34 Rich- «vwj. A, 3i. Webster, H. fensive tackle John Snyder and Mark Is- iier. who is expected to" be the top receiver. ·IPLEY Au^ JO, Charleuon Catholic, A; Sept. IZ S.penc«r, H. IV. MeK)S, Ohio. A.; 26, HertMf I Hoover, H; Ocl. 3. Nilro. H. H. Sisxxuriile. A., 17, Point Pleaunl. A; 24. Wahj- na.H. 31. RavenHOOd. H; Nov.7. Hurricane. A. Point Pleasant Mount Hope ; COACH: Dennis Halstead (second year 1-9) · 1974 RECORD: 1-9 j TOP RETURNEES: Steve Kessler (FB, Jr., 5-9, 168), Ron Martin (QB, Sr., 5-10, : 170), Butch Stover (HB, Jr., 5-10, 165), .Rick Harrah (HB, Jr., 5-9, 160), Robbie flitter (RB-E., Sr, 5-9,150), Thomas Stc- 'vens (G., Sr., 5-10,170), Tommy Conliffe "(HB, Sr., 5-9,155). : TOP NEWCOMERS: Kent Booker :(RB., So., 5-8,142), Billy Adams (QB, So., £-9, 140), John Lancianese (G., So., 5-9, ·150), Tony Kincaid (DT-MG, Sr., 64,220). '.', OUTLOOK: Coach Dennis Halstead is Shuffling his players like cards as his sec- pnd season as head coach at Mount Hope ·approaches, "I'm trying a few new things," he admits. "Some of these kids are going to have to learn new positions, 'but you have to expect that at a small 'school." Nine years ago Mount Hope was (·'l;iss AAA: lixlny its AA ;md nrxl yc;ir *may drop to A. I The most prominent switch is that of Steve Kessler, an all-county guard last ·year, to fullback. Butch Stover moves to ·halfback after alternating at both quarter- iack and end with Ron Martin, who'll be a quarterback exclusively this fall. "Our backfield is in pretty good shape now," said Halstead. "The offensive line is '"what'sweak. ... ^.... ,,, ........ ':. MOUNT HOPE ,'. Aug. 29. Lookout, H; Sepl. 5. Hinlon, H; 12, Man, A; 19, P-ayctleville. H; 26, Shady Spring, A; Oct. 3, Peterstown, A. 10. Grcendrier West, A; 17, Herndon, A; 34, Oceana, H. 31. Oak Hill, H. COACH: Steve Safford (first year) 1174 RECORD: 4 TOP RETURNEES: Jim Tatterson (FB. Sr.. 6-2,190). Bill Rardin (TB-S, Sr.. 5-9, 170), Scott Burris (T. Sr., 6-3. 245), Terry Krebs (TE. Sr., 6-2, 190). Charlie Grimes (MG. Sr.. 5-11, 190). Ron Durst (OE-DG. Sr.. 5-11. 187). Denny Bellamy (DE. Sr.. 6-3.185). Charlie Perry (FB-LB. Sr.. 6-0. 190). TOP NEWCOMERS: Rocky Goodnite (TB-DHB. Jr.. 6-0. 165). Chris Swan (DHB. JR.. 5-10. 165) Timbo Roberts (TE.-LB. So.. 6-2.160). Paul Krimm (FB- LB. So.. 6-0.160). Pete Summer (TB. So.. 5-7. 151). OUTLOOK: Steve Safford returns to the scene of his playing days as Point Pleasant's new coach. He coached previously at Harrison. Ohio, and returns to West Virginia to find 16 of 28 lettermen back from the Big Blacks' 6-4 mark of last season. "It's very hard for us to know right now how we're going to stack up. since I'm not f a m i l i a r w i t h what our opponents will have." said Safford. "Our strengths will be enthusiasm and the leadership of the seniors, and the weakness will be lack of depth from tackle to tackle." Outstanding players, according to Ihe coach, should include fullback Jim Tatterson, linemen Scott Burris and Charlie Grimes and tailback Bill Rardin. knows it'll be extremely difficult to equal or better the nine wins of 1974. "We're looking forward to a good season." says McClintic, "since we have several starters back from last year's team. But we'll be faced with a tougher schedule with the addition of Calhoun County and several improvements in the old teams." Patterson rambled for over 1,500 yards rushing and 160 points. Terry Diehl returns at quarterback. "The future looks bright on paper," enthuses the coach, but emphasizes "on paoer." MEADOW Ml DO I Aug. T). Marsh Fork, A; Sept. 5. Ptltrilown. A- 12 Cathoun, H; l», Tygarts Valley, H; Oct. 3. S A- 9 Pariorn. A; 17. Ansled. H; 2. Cl«a. Fork. H; 3U don. A. Notto// POINT PLEASANT Aug. N. Hurricane, H; Sepl. 5, Meigs. Ohio. A.; 12, Uimdar. H, I?. Barboursville, A; 25, Hunting Ion, A.; Oct. J. Ocorye Washington, A, 10, Nitro, H; 17, Ripley, H; 24, KMvcnsood, H, 31, ParKersbura. H. Nicholas COACH: John W. (Bill) Isaacs (25th year, 137-64-10. 1974 RECORD: 7-2 TOP RETURNEES: Bill McGraw (E, Sr.. 5-11.160). Rob Ellis (B, Jr., 5-8,135), Tim Goode (QB. Sr.. 5-9,150). Tony Ellis (B, Sr.. 5-9,140). Burton Sims (T. Jr.. 6-0, 200). David Sovine (B, Sr.. 5-10,140). Fred Miller (B. Jr.. 5-7, 135). Tony Caudell (E. Sr. 6-0. 170). TOP NEWCOMERS: Tim Smailes (B, So.. 5-5,130), Earnest Sorrells (C, Jr., 6-0. 180), Steve Ewing (E, So., 5-6. 130). OUTLOOK: After 24 years at Nuttall High. Coach Bill Isaacs faces the school's final year with only eight lettermen returning. "We lost seven starters from last year's team." said the veteran coach, "and they'll be hard to replace. I'm hoping to have 22 boys out this year but of those 17 are working and can't get to practice too often. "With the new school to open in 1976 we are having a hard time getting games this year--only eight. With a lot of hard work and dedication we can win." LOOKOUT NUTTALL Aug. 29, Mount Hope, A; Sept. S. Gauley Bridge, A; 19, Clear Fork, H; 26, Herndon, A, Oct. 3, Webiler, H; 10, Ansted, H; 18, Fayetteville, A; 24, Clay, H. (E, ST.. 6-3,165). TOP NEWCOMERS: Tim Clay (T, So.. 6-2, 205). Greg Bowling (QB. So.. 5-10. 155). Mike Muscari (QB. Jr.. 5-6. 125). OUTLOOK- A critical lack of experience and size is haunting Glean McNew in~ his second year at the helm of Mullens' football probram. His team was 4-6 a year ago. "Things are looking kinda slim," he admitted. "We're going to be very young. A lot of our players are rangy, but not real big," The building process on the offensive line will be centered around guards Kevin Grogg and Kenny Perkins, both starters last season. There's a battle at quarterback between sophomore Greg Bowling and junior Mike Muscari, and McNew is also looking for good things in the future from sophomore tackle Tim Clay. "We sure hope to be competitive," said the coach, "and we will. . . depending on some of the young kids." MULLENS Aug. 30, Herndon, H; Sept. 5, Sophia, A; 13, Oceana, A. 19, Pineviile, H; 26. Trap Hill, A; Ocl. 3. Baileyiville. H, 10, Shady Spring, H; 17, Stoco, A; 24. Gary. H; Nov. 1. Favettevillp. A Marsh Fork Man's passing and kicking games but has doubt about bis running backs and a lack of size and speed. "1 think our passing game will come around," he said, "and it'll help us have a good season." MAN , «. '··, ' V'w Viiison. H. Se;t / . v.o. 2o. Nixrniorn, A uci : vr" . A. .'7 \_ Vii ~ H. 2 a ey " COACH: Steve Stoffel (firs* year-) - 1974 RECORD: 2-8 JTOP R E T U R N E E S : J i i h n S n y d e r pT. Sr., 5-9,185), Rick Parsons (QB. Sr.. · 5-7, 145). Mark Isner (SE-DHB, Sr., 5-9. 155). Ronnie Karst (HB, Sr.. 5-9,172). Jim Ball (HB. Jr.. 5-8,165). Bryce Castb (DE, Jr., 6-2, 172). Rick Young (DE, Jr., 6-0, 180), Mike Donohew (OG. Sr.. 5-7. 160), Jim Poling (OT. Sr.. 6-0,185). ^ TOP NEWCOMERS: Jeff Waybright iFL. So., 5-9, 138), Johnny Knapp (DHB, So., 6-0, 160). Jerry Ocheltree (QB, So., 5-9,155). ". OUTLOOK: New coach Steve Stoffel has decided one of his first priorities after moving up from an assistant's position ·will be to establish a winning attitude. The Bikings were 2-8 last year. I "The boys have been working extra hard ^nd have great attitudes toward this season." said Ripley coach. "Our season Twill be determined by how well the boys ·want to perform." Stoffel is working with :.a squad of 55. including 16 seniors, 15 jun- ;ior and 24 sophomores, some of whom could offer immediate help. ·. Among individual standouts will be de- COACH: Harold Brooks (first year) 1974 RECORD: 2-6 TOP RETURNEES: Jeff Vass (FB, Sr., 5-9, 160). Roger Barnette (TB, Sr., 5-9, 168), Terry Gregory (WB, Sr., 5-7, 145), Chuck Stephenson (G, Sr., 5-8,155), Randy Baker (T, Sr., 5-9,219), Danny Amick (SE, Jr,, 5-7. 140), Bobby Groves (T, Sr., 5-10, 160), Mike Long (QB, Sr., 5-10, 160). TOP NEWCOMERS: Doug Kamm (S, So., 5-8, 148), Leroy Handshaw (MG, So., 5-9,.230), Greg Carper (C, So., 6-3, 195), Lester Adkins (T, So., 6-3, 189). OUTLOOK: Harold Brooks takes over as Nicholas County's coach after past experience at Elkins, Green Bank and in Virginia. Though he inherits a losing team, Brooks says he's already optimistic. "We are going to be a very young team and we must tag this as a rebuilding year," he states. "All of our size will be with the ' sophomores. "Our strength should be the offensive backfield led by Roger Bennett and Jeff Vass. We will have more depth in the quarterback slot with senior Mike Long and sophomore Doug Kamm: At this point our weaker area would have to be the offensive line, which is very young and inex- periences." The Grizzlies should be better defensively with six returning lettermen. SUMMERSVILLE NICHOLAS utl i9. Pocanontas. H; Sept. 5, Webster, H; 12, Clay, H; iO. Groenbrier East, A; 26, Braxlon, A; Oct. 3, Gauley t)ndyc. A, 10, Montgomery, H; 17, Greenbrier West, A; o. Fayclteville, H; 31, Richwood, A. Meoc/ow Bridge COACH: Larry C. McClintic (seventh year. 29-30) 1974 RECORD: 9-1 TOP R E T U R N E E S : Ron Patterson (TB. Sr.. 6-0. 180). Terry Diehl (QB. Sr.. 5-11. 155). Ken Gwinn (SB. Sr., 5-9, 160), Steve McClanahan (FB. Sr. 5-11,170), Roger Kincaid (T. Sr.. 5-11. 180), Larry McClanahan (SE. Sr.. 5-10,160), David Cullison (C. Sr.. 5-10.180). Rick Neely (T. Sr., 6-3. 155). TOP NEWCOMERS: Dafrell Diehl (FB, So.. 6-0.185). DallasGipson (TB.So.. 5-8, 155). OUTLOOK: Ronnie Patterson, all-state tailback last year, is one of several reasons for promise this time around at Meadow Bridge. But Coach Larry McClintic Pocahontas COACH: Elmer C. Friel (sixth year, 28-21-0) 1974 RECORD: 1-8 TOP RETURNEES: Steve McCoy I t , Sr., 5-9. 205), John Puffenbarger (DE-OG, Sr.. 6-0.180), Tom Valencia (DB, Jr., 6-1, 175), Rick Doyle (C, Jr.. 6-1,180), Jim Cutlip (QB-DHB, Sr., 6-0, 160). Fred Tibbs (FB, Jr., 6-0, 200), Albert Poindexter (WB, Jr., 5-9. 175), Paul Kesler (T. Sr., 6-2. 230). TOP NEWCOMERS: Kenny Cassell (FB. So., 5-9. 155). David Cassell (E, So., 5-9, 145), William Dilley (E, So., 6-0,150), Greg Brubaker (FL, So., 6-0, 150). OUTLOOK, Things can change drastically in one year's time, and at Pocahontas County Coach Elmer Friel is hoping the record this year will turn around jjst as much as his letterman situation. A year ago, Friel had only returning letterman and won one game. This year he has 17 back. "We have a great bunch of young men to work with," says Friel. "Their only weakness was lack of experience in the seventh and eighth grades, since we didn't have a junior high program. Our sophomores and juniors didn't have a uniform on until they were freshmen. This year's freshmen had the chance to play in junior high, and should be the best group we have had here." Friel is optimistic with returnees like quarterback Jim Cutlip, wingback Albert Poindexter, fullback Fred Tibbs and defensive end John Puffenbarger, among others. POCAHONTAS COUNTY Aug. 29, Nicholas Co., A; Sepl. 8, Greenbrier West, A; 12, Clarksburg Roosevelt Wilson, H; 19, Peterstown, H; 26, Elkins, H; Oct. 3, FranKlin, H; 10 Kingwood, A; 17, Richwood, H.; 24, Webster, A; 31, Petersburg, A. COACH: Bill Montgomery (Seventh year, 25-33-2) 1S74 RECORD: 6-4 TOP RETURNEES: Danny Freeman (QB, Sr., 6-0,175), Steve Flint (E, Sr., 6-0, 175), Terry Bradley (E, Sr.. 5-11,160), Tim Vaughn (C, Sr., 5-10, q80), Alonzo Williams (G, Sr., 6-0,150) Eddie Williams (G, Sr., 5-10, 155), Wayne Willams (FB, Jr., 5-10, 200), John Tabor (T, Jr., 5-9, 200). TOP NEWCOMERS: David Peltry (HB, So., 5-10,190), James Tucker (E, So.. 6-0, 140), Homer Morris (T. So., 5-10,190), Jeff Clay (C, So., 5-8, 140). OUTLOOK: A traditional small school problem in football -- lack of depth -could haunt Marsh Fork this season. Ten lettermen return and 10 are gone from the 64 campaign of 1974. "We should be able to throw the ball with (Danny) Freeman and our starling ends (third team all-star Steve Flint, and Terry Bradley: back." points oul Coac'li Bill Montgomery. Also center Tim Vaughn and guards Alonzo and Eddie Williams return. "The rest of our team will be boys moving up from the jayvee and freshman teams," Montgomery said. "We're terribly thin in backfield experience. We have the size for a Class A school but lack in experience." MARSH FORK Aug. 29, Meadow Bridge, H; Sepl. 5, Van, A; 13, Clear Fork, A; 20 Trop Hill, H; 26, Hannan, A; Ocl. 3, Stoco, H; 10, Hamlin, A; 17, Sophia, H; 25, Herndon, H; 31, Shady Spring, A. Man Mullens COACH: Glenn McNew (second year, 4-6) 1974 RECORD: 4-ti TOP RETURNEES: Kevin ;ru|n i : Sr., 6-0, 175), Chris Stewart (E, Jr., 6-3. 174), Kenny Perkins (G, Sr., 5-11, 170), Steve O'Neal (FB, Jr., 5-10, 170), Bobby Finney (HB. Jr., 5-11,155), Kenneth Lacey COACH: William "Tootle" Carter (seventh year, 34-22-3) 1974 RECORD: Vj TOP RETURNEES: Paul. Maynard (FB-LB, Sr., 6-2, 195), Donald Adams (E- Lb, Sr., 6-2,190), Joe Cline (C-T, Sr.. 5-11, 190:. Willie Jones (T. Sr.. 5-9 , 225), Leroy Terry (HB, Sr., 5-10.155), Dean Cook (QB, Jr., 5-11, 175). TOP NEWCOMERS Mike Herman (E, Jr.. 5-10. 165), John Adkins (T, So., 6-3, 225), Dickie Rollins (HB, So., 5-8,145), Eddie Daniels (G, Jr., 5-10, 190). OUTLOOK: "Good football teams are built on sound defense." says Coach Tootie Carter, "and I feel defense will be our strong point." So it goes without saying that the Man mentor is very optimistic as the season approaches. Led by a pair of all-state possibilities at linebacker -- three-year starter Paul Maynard and headhunter Donald Adams -- defense may be just one of the team's strengths. Carter is also .confident about Nitro Hits 200 Nitro High School won its 200th football game last season and has a 46-year record of 205-187-21. Herbert Hoover has a football record of 63-56-1 since the school opened in 1963. Sissonville has had Ihree undefeated football teams, going 5-0 in 1945. 9-0 in '46 and 10-0 in '53. \ KANAWHA CITY BRANCH! First Federal Savings and Loan Association with Drive-in Facilities and Free Parking 4315MacCorkleAve. S.E. INSURED SAVINGS PLANS! Account Minimum Annual Annual Name Deposit Rote Yield Regular Passbook ' $5 5.25% 5.39% "Golden 90 Passbook $100 5.75% 5.92% One Year Certificate $1000 6.50% 6.72% 30 Month Certificate $1000 6.75% 6.98% Four Year Certificate $1000 7.50% 7.79% Six year certificate at 7%% also available, minimum $1000 Rate schedules and save-by mail information available on request. Interest Compounded Daily. Substantial interest forfeiture for early withdrawal of certificates. 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