The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 2, 2013

THE FAB FIVE


From staff reports

BECKLEY — Class AAA

1. Oak Hill (25) — The Red Devils (1-0) started off the season with a lopsided win on the road at Elkins, proving they plan on behind a major force in the state's largest class this season.

2. Princeton (18) — After a disappointing 2012, the Tigers (1-0) sent a message Friday night that they don't plan on a repeat with a lopsided win over Shady Spring.

3. Woodrow Wilson (14) — The Flying Eagles (0-1) didn't start the season the way they wanted, falling on the road to Winfield. They'll have a chance to get back on track with Friday's home opener.

4. Greenbrier East (13) — The jury's still out on the Spartans (1-0). They cruised to a win in the opener against James Monroe, but the competition will be raised a notch when they're at Woodrow Friday.

5. Shady Spring (5) — Many thought 2013 would be a struggle for the Tigers (0-1) after losing some top talent. They did nothing to change that perceptions with Friday's loss to Princeton.



Class AA

1. Bluefield (25) — The Beavers (1-0) are major players in Class AA nearly every year, and Friday's win over Graham (Va.) showed they plan on being in that position again.

2. Westside (15) — Larry Cook's debut as head coach went well as the Renegades (1-0) rolled over Liberty. They look to be pretty strong, even without Justin Cogar at quarterback.

3. Nicholas County (14) — The Grizzlies (0-1) suffered a disappointing loss in the opener to Greenbrier West. The same thing happened last year, though, and they ended up in the second round of the playoffs.

4. Wyoming East (13) — The Warriors (1-0) started the year with a big road win against Mingo Central. They can make a statement when they host Westside on Friday.

5. Summers County (7) — The Bobcats (1-0) scored in the final quarter to knock off PikeView in the coaching debut for Nate Tanner. They're looking to get back to the playoffs again.

Others receiving votes: Independence 1



Class A

1. Greenbrier West (25) — The Cavalier defense looked special in Friday's 6-0 win for West (1-0) over Nicholas County. The offense also has some playmakers and should improve.

2. Meadow Bridge (18) — Van was no match for the Wildcats (1-0) on Friday as Meadow Bridge scored early and often in a blowout victory. They'll be at Tug Valley on Friday.

3. Valley (17) — The Greyhounds (1-0) pulled one out of the fire Friday, winning on the road at Wirt County. They've been a playoff team recently in almost every sport.

4. Montcalm (8) — The Generals (1-0) had to wait until Saturday to get their season started, but it was worth the delay as they easily cruised past Hundred to open the season with a W.

5. Richwood (5) — The Lumberjacks (1-0) went on the road to Webster County Friday and left with the Wagon Wheel Trophy. They'll be tested this week when they host Greenbrier West.

Others receiving votes: Midland Trail 2



About the poll: Our panel of five voters — Cam Huffman (sports editor), Gary Fauber (assistant sports editor), Dan Stillwell (sports writer), J. Daniel Rollins (sports writer) and Rusty Udy (sports clerk) — ranked the top five area teams in each class based on their performances in week one and their potential the rest of the way. Teams received five points for a first-place vote, four for a second-place vote and on down to one for a fifth-place vote. The vote totals are listed in parentheses.