Monday was a big day in the world of high school athletics in West Virginia.
It was the first day of prep football practices across the state.
The Chapmanville Regional High School football team started first, in the wee hours of the morning on Monday as the Tigers held its annual Midnight Madness practice at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium.
The Man High School football team practiced in the morning on Monday, while the Logan High School Wildcats hit the field around 4 p.m.
Chapmanville practiced a second time on Monday at 5 p.m. as the Tigers stepped onto the practice field behind Tiger Stadium.
All three teams are looking to have a good fall of football.
Man qualified for the playoffs last season.
The Hillbillies finished 9-2, eventually falling 21-16 at home to Bishop Donahue in the first round of the Class A state playofffs at Man’s George A. Queen Memorial Field. The Billies had lost 40-20 at home to county rival Logan in the opener, then reeled off nine straight wins to gain homefield advantage for the playoffs.
Logan also made it to the post-season last season with a 7-4 mark as the Wildcats were beaten 41-14 at Point Pleasant in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs.
Chapmanville had a break even 5-5 season a year ago and missed making it to the playoffs for the second straight year. The Tigers had made it to the post-season every year from 2007-11. CRHS was a Final Four team in 2011.
Logan has a young team this fall and was hit hard by graduation.
Coach Gary Mullins’ Wildcats open the season Aug. 29 at home against the Man Hillbillies.
Logan has two preseason scrimmages — Aug. 16 at home against Tug Valley and Paintsville (Ky.) and Aug. 22 at Wayne.
The Cats added Brooke to their 2014 season schedule and dropped Mingo Central.
Man lost some players to graduation but also return many.
The Billies play the same 10 teams as last season.
Man, coached by Harvey Arms, have the same two preseason scrimmages as they did last year.
Man is set to travel to Class AAA George Washington on Aug. 16 and then hit the road for the Midland Trail Gridorama on Aug. 22.
Like Man, Chapmanville lost some players but plenty are also back.
The Tigers, coached by George Barker, are slated to open the regular season on Aug. 29 on the road at Sissonville in a Cardinal Conference game.
CRHS has two preseason games — Aug. 16 at 5:45 p.m. against last year’s 2A state runner-up Wayne in the second-ever Cardinal Conference Gridorama at Scott High School and Aug. 22 at home against 3A Lincoln County.