WV high schools struggle to fill 10-game schedules

Charleston Gazette-Mail file photo by Lawrence Pierce George Washington and Paul Blazer from Ashland, Kentucky, have been playing every season since 2011.
Charleston Gazette-Mail file photo by Lawrence Pierce  George Washington and Paul Blazer from Ashland, Kentucky, have been playing every season since 2011.
Charleston Gazette-Mail file photo by Lawrence Pierce
George Washington and Paul Blazer from Ashland, Kentucky, have been playing every season since 2011.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — All across the state, football teams are singing the scheduling blues. The verses vary from school to school, but the melody remains the same.

Fairmont Senior, a Class AA semifinalist last year, is one of seven teams in West Virginia forced to play nine-game schedules.

South Charleston and Capital, a pair of AAA contenders, are both playing at Kentucky power Johnson Central — for SC, the first game against an out-of-state opponent since 1932, and for Capital, the first such game ever.

Point Pleasant coach David Darst, whose team morphs from a AAA to AA contender, is playing so many new teams that he’s adopted “have bus, will travel’’ as his team’s motto.

Yes, schedules seem to be on everyone’s minds these days…

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