Philip Barbour head football coach Curtis Bodkins is well aware of rumors circulating that the complaint that prompted authorities to strip the Elkins High School football team of wins this season came from his county.
Bodkins was quick to point out Thursday that the complaint came from no one on his coaching staff.
"I hated to see that happen to Elkins," Bodkins said. "It was no one on our coaching staff that filed that complaint. I feel bad for the players, coaches and the community."
Class AA, No. 14 Philip Barbour (5-4) has one game left in the regular season. The Colts will tangle with East Fairmont - which is in line to pick up a forfeit win over Elkins - tonight at George Byrer Field.
If the Colts earn a win over the Tigers because of the recent findings, they could propel upward in the standings and earn a home playoff contest.
"We have to beat East Fairmont first and then see where the rankings put us," Bodkins said. "If we do get a home playoff game, it will be the first time in school history,"
Lewis County coach Eddie Vincent, whose Minutemen will face Elkins in the final week of the regular season, also weighed in on what has transpired.
"Before the season started, we were looking at the game with Elkins as being one of the best games in the state during the last week of the season," Vincent said. "There was to be a lot of playoff implications for that game. Right now, nobody seems to know what's going to happen."
Lewis County will travel to Liberty Harrison tonight.
Other area games on tap include: Hundred at Tygarts Valley, Tucker County at Petersburg, Clear Springs (Md.) at East Hardy, Moorefield at Pendleton County and Pocahontas County at Webster.
All games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.