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November 11, 2013

History awaits Summers

Fayette coaches have plenty of experience

If you thought last season was memorable for Summers County football, just wait until Saturday.

For the first time in school history, the Bobcats will host a playoff game. Class AA No. 5 Summers (9-1) will welcome No. 12 Ritchie County (7-3) to Garten Stadium in Hinton at 1:30 p.m.

Gates will open at 11:30 a.m.

Last season, Summers qualified for the postseason for the first time since 1997, falling to Frankfort in the first round.

There also will be a pep rally at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at City National Bank, beside Kroger in Hinton. Hot dogs will be served in what is billed as a negativity-free, drug-free, alcohol-free environment.

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There will be a load of coaching experience from Fayette County alone in the state playoffs.

Oak Hill coach Eddie Souk, who will take his Red Devils into the Class AAA playoffs for the second time in as many years since moving up to the highest classification, was the long-time coach at Mount Hope before it close its doors and merged into Oak Hill. Souk has been coaching for 33 years, and led the Mustangs to the 1989 Class A state championship.

The No. 9 Red Devils (8-2) will visit eighth-rated George Washington (8-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Class A No. 11 Meadow Bridge (8-2) will make the long trip to No. 6 Moorefield (9-1) for Friday’s 7:30 p.m. kickoff. If anyone can direct his players on how to properly handle the task, it’s Wildcats coach Larry McClintic, who has been coaching for 45 years. He, too, has a state championship to his credit, leading Meadow Bridge to the 1988 title.

While a championship as eluded Valley’s Benny Hopkins, the 42-year coaching veteran led the Class A No. 3 Greyhounds (10-0) to the first undefeated regular season in school history. Hopkins will lead Valley onto UC Stadium/Laidley Field in Charleston at 1:30 p.m. Saturday to battle No. 14 Magnolia (6-4).

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Rounding out area playoff games are Class AA No. 3 Bluefield (8-2) hosting No. 14 Ravenswood (6-4) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; Class AA No. 6 Wyoming East (9-1) welcoming No. 11 Nicholas County (8-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday; and Class A No. 7 Greenbrier West (9-1) hosting No. 10 Notre Dame (7-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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