Local teams endure schedule changes


By Bryan Walters - bwalters@aimmediamidwest.com



WVU sophomore defensive tackle Darius Stills (55) sacks Wolfpack quarterback Matthew McKay (7) during the Mountaineers’ 44-27 victory on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.

WVU sophomore defensive tackle Darius Stills (55) sacks Wolfpack quarterback Matthew McKay (7) during the Mountaineers’ 44-27 victory on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.


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It didn’t take long for some 2020 football schedules in the area to get changed.

Ohio Valley Publishing released schedules last week for all nine of its area high school gridiron teams, plus printed the college slates for Ohio State, West Virginia, Marshall and Ohio.

Now, less than a week later, there are already some updates to make known.

With the exception of the Buckeyes, all of the area college teams lost one game yesterday when the Atlantic Coast Conference announced that it will participate in a league-only schedule — leaving the Bobcats, Thundering Herd and Mountaineers with another open week during their respective fall campaigns.

West Virginia’s season opener on Sept. 5 against Florida State is now off as the two teams were to take part in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic being held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

WVU had already lost one of its regular season contests on Sept. 19 due to Maryland — a Big Ten program — playing a conference-only slate.

Ohio also lost its second regular season game as its season opener at Boston College (Sept. 12) is now cancelled. The Bobcats were to originally play North Carolina Central in the season opener on Sept. 5, but the Mid-Eastern Atheltic Conference postponed all fall sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marshall — which had gone unscathed on the schedule by the coronavirus — finally took a hit as its Sept. 12 home contest against Pittsburgh has been postponed.

On the high school front, the Southern Tornadoes had to make a pair of schedule changes due to West Virginia pushing back its start date.

SHS was originally slated to host Ravenswood in the season opener and Parkersburg Catholic in Week 8. Due to rescheduling conflicts with PCHS and having an open Week 1 date, the Tornadoes have now added a pair of Ohio-based programs to complete their 10-game slate.

Southern will now open the gridiron campaign at Frontier on Aug. 28 and will travel to Paden City on Oct. 16. The Tornadoes will play six of their 10 regular season contests on the road.

Below are updated schedules for the four teams involved in this story. College start times are still to be determined.

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SOUTHERN TORNADOES

Date Opponent Time
8-28 at Frontier 7 p.m.
9-4 at Wahama 7 p.m.
9-11 vs. Shenandoah 7 p.m.
9-18 vs. South Gallia 7 p.m.
9-25 at Belpre 7 p.m.
10-2 vs. Miller 7 p.m.
10-9 at Waterford 7 p.m.
10-16 at Paden City 7 p.m.
10-23 vs. Trimble 7 p.m.
10-31 at Eastern 7 p.m.

MARSHALL THUNDERING HERD

Date Opponent
8-29 at East Carolina
9-19 at Ohio
9-25 vs. Boise State
10-3 vs. Rice
10-10 at Western Kentucky
10-17 at Louisiana Tech
10-24 vs. Florida Atlantic
10-31 at Florida International
11-14 vs. Middle Tennessee State
11-21 vs. Charlotte
11-28 at Old Dominion

OHIO BOBCATS

Date Opponent
9-19 vs. Marshall
9-26 at Texas State
10-3 at Toledo
10-10 vs. Eastern Michigan
10-17 at Miami (OH)
10-24 vs. Bowling Green
11-4 at Central Michigan
11-11 at Kent State
11-18 vs. Buffalo
11-27 vs. Akron

WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS

Date Opponent
9-12 vs. Eastern Kentucky
9-26 vs. Kansas State
10-3 at Texas Tech
10-10 vs. Texas Christian
10-17 at Texas
10-24 vs. Kansas
11-7 vs. Oklahoma
11-14 at Oklahoma State
11-21 vs. Baylor
11-27 at Iowa State

WVU sophomore defensive tackle Darius Stills (55) sacks Wolfpack quarterback Matthew McKay (7) during the Mountaineers’ 44-27 victory on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2020/07/web1_WVU-Stills-1.jpgWVU sophomore defensive tackle Darius Stills (55) sacks Wolfpack quarterback Matthew McKay (7) during the Mountaineers’ 44-27 victory on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Alex Hawley|OVP Sports

By Bryan Walters

bwalters@aimmediamidwest.com

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.