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AAA playoff notes: More defensive doings at Huntington
LAWRENCE PIERCE | Gazette Huntington’s defense has allowed only nine touchdowns over its last six
AAA playoff notes: More defensive doings at Huntington

Huntington’s defense last year was indeed one for the ages.

The Highlanders ended the regular season allowing the fewest points of any team in the state (93) and gave up just 20 total touchdowns in 14 games.

Heck, even in the Class...

AAA playoff notes: More defensive doings at Huntington
AAA playoff notes: More defensive doings at Huntington

Huntington’s defense last year was indeed one for the ages.

The Highlanders ended the regular season allowing the fewest points of any team in the state (93) and gave up just 20 total touchdowns in 14 games.

Heck, even in the Class...

South Charleston’s Pitts has helped fill a void
South Charleston’s Pitts has helped fill a void

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The collective groan that filled the air above South Charleston when senior A.D. Cunningham was lost for the season with a knee injury was predictable.

Cunningham is a Division I football recruit, after all, and has...

Capital front bigger, stronger in 2014
Capital front bigger, stronger in 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Capital football coach Jon Carpenter subscribes to the philosophy that a team’s stiffest competition is actually itself.

The mindset, in a nutshell, says that if a team is performing at its peak there is no...

Derek Taylor: Black Eagles, Cougars in sight of scoring records
Derek Taylor: Black Eagles, Cougars in sight of scoring records

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As Capital and South Charleston high schools inch toward a potential meeting in the Class AAA state championship, a pair of Kanawha County high school football records are in peril.

SC coach Donnie Mays said earlier in ...

AAA semis will have Kanawha County flavor
AAA semis will have Kanawha County flavor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Saturday at 1:30 p.m., about eight miles apart, the Class AAA semifinals will be played in the Mountain State capital’s backyard.

Top-seed Capital (11-0) will host four-time defending state champion and fourth-...

Rick Ryan: Has Capital’s time come ... again?
Rick Ryan: Has Capital’s time come ... again?

You can argue that the pressure began building on Capital last Nov. 30 when it walked off Cobourn Field in Martinsburg a loser in the Class AAA semifinals.

The Cougars, who had just made a stirring run to their first playoff semifinal spot since ...

Back in semis, upstart SC hosts Huntington
Back in semis, upstart SC hosts Huntington

South Charleston keeps losing key players on offense and just keeps rolling along.

The Black Eagles forged their way into the Class AAA semifinals for the first time since 2010 in Morgantown Friday night, beating University 24-20 on Fred...

Capital, SC host AAA semifinals Saturday afternoon

Saturday afternoon will be a busy time in the high school football playoffs around West Virginia.

Five of the six state semifinal games are set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, including both games involving Kanawha Valley teams.

Martinsburg,(11-1),...

Capital pulls away from Wheeling Park late, sets up semifinal showdown with Martinsburg
Capital pulls away from Wheeling Park late, sets up semifinal showdown with Martinsburg

The Capital High football team was looking to unleash its track-meet-like offense when Wheeling Park visited Laidley Field for a Class AAA quarterfinal playoff matchup Saturday evening.

But the visiting Patriots were more in the mood for a...

AAA: Huntington cashes in mistakes, tops Midland

ONA — Turnovers in the game’s first and final minutes doomed Class AAA No. 2 seed and host Cabell Midland Saturday, allowing opportunistic seventh-seed Huntington to advance with a 28-21 playoff quarterfinal...

AAA: Martinsburg overcomes Yates, Point Pleasant
AAA: Martinsburg overcomes Yates, Point Pleasant

MARTINSBURG — About the only thing tougher for Point Pleasant than quarterback Aden Yates was trying to stop Martinsburg’s big-play offense.

In the end, Yates’ guts and heart kept the Big Blacks ...

Class AAA: Late score lifts South Charleston into semifinals
Class AAA: Late score lifts South Charleston into semifinals

MORGANTOWN, W.Va — Franco Harris, move on over. You’ve got company when it comes to Immaculate Receptions.

Fred Crozier caught a disputed 5-yard touchdown pass from Kentre Grier with 33 seconds left Friday night, lifting South...