WEST VIRGINIA—With the new start date of September 3rd for West Virginia high school football, athletic directors and coaching staffs are scrambling to schedule as many games as they can into their ten-week seasons, especially with the recent announcement that the state of Virginia will not play high school football this fall.
That report has had a tremendous effect on high school football here in the Mountain State, as 13 West Virginia schools were scheduled to play almost 30 games against Virginia teams.
With the cancellation of high school football in Virginia, Class AAA teams in West Virginia who will be affected include Hampshire, Jefferson, Martinsburg, Musselman, Princeton, and Washington. The only Class AA team affected is Bluefield, who had four games scheduled against Virginia competition. In Class A, teams affected include East Hardy, James Monroe, Montcalm, Pendelton County, River View, and Tug Valley.
The following website contains the latest schedule updates for all the football-playing high schools in the state of West Virginia for 2020 and is current as of July 25th.
This information has been made available by either the WVSSAC, athletic directors and/or coaches on their team’s social media sites, reported to us here at the Mountain Statesman, or posted by WVSSAC expert Ed Forshey of Parkersburg on various prep sports websites.
To access that information, please visit https://s3.amazonaws.com/wvmetro-uploads-prod/2020/07/2020-HSFB-Composite.pdf
Of course, these schedules will almost certainly change as new information becomes available and teams modify their current contracts and arrangements.
The Grafton Bearcats were scheduled to face rival Philip Barbour in the first week of the season as usual, but now the Bearcats’ first opponent appears to be East Fairmont on Friday, September 4th at McKinney Field in Grafton.