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Prep grid teams set for action

August 24, 2012
EDGAR?KELLEY IN?THE?BOX , The Inter-Mountain

Time to wake up, dig those favorite team colors out of the closet, and gargle that special kind of mouth wash that allows your voice to scream to maximum cacophony.

Yes it's true diehard gridiron fans, the dream is finally over and high school football season is officially here.

After waiting impatiently for nine months to get a taste of that next prep football contest, the wait has thankfully come to an end as the season officially kicks off tonight.

Forget everything your favorite squad did last season, whether good or bad, and venture out to your nearest field to show support for all of the young student-athletes. Because win or lose, all of them have worked extremely hard to prepare for the 2012 season.

As for Week 1, many fans won't have far to go to see their first game of the season. That's because Philip Barbour, Tucker County, Petersburg and Moorefield all open the 2012 campaign at home.

The Colts and Mountain Lions will be tested in more ways than one in their home openers, as both not only face formidable opponents, but foes as well.

Grafton has become a close rival to Philip Barbour over the years and is a sturdy opponent no matter who it plays each and every season.

Tucker County will welcome one of its many rivals when Pocahontas County comes to Parsons for a Potomac Valley Conference clash at R.H. Armstrong Field.

The Vikings also have a tough test at home against Keyser and the Yellow Jackets face Wirt County, which had just one loss last season.

So it's safe to say that every area team will be tested in their 2012 home debuts.

And it won't be any easier for all the local squads that take to the road tonight.

Elkins will face an unknown as it travels to Oak Hill for the first time. Buckhannon-Upshur has the daunting task of battling Bridgeport on its home turf and Tygarts Valley visits Potomac Valley Conference foe Pendleton County.

And last, but not least, Lewis County has to venture up I-79 to Morgantown to face the always strong University Hawks.

With it being a new season, nobody really knows what to expect from their own team or their opponents.

But at first glance, it appears no one will have an easy task in Week 1.

The one thing every coach and player agrees on, though, is the importance of beginning the season with a win. That first game could jump start a team, especially one that struggled last season, into something special for the rest of the season.

Good luck goes out to all of The Inter-Mountain's area football teams. And here's wishing every player who sprints out onto the field this season, a safe and healthy campaign.



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