MADISON — As part of all-star tradition going back to the days of the old Blue-Gray college football game, players often trade helmet decals, even from rival schools.
It’s a show of unity.
Much of that trading happened just before Monday’s first practice for this Saturday night’s East-West All-Star Classic.
Sitting in the Scott High School locker room in Madison, many of the players were already snatching up decal stickers from their new teammates.
On Ryan Miller’s helmet was a Chapmanville block “C” and a Wayne “W” alongside his own Logan Wildcat head sticker.
Logan’s Jeremiah Spears was hoping to get both a Chapmanville C and a Scott Skyhawk decal.
“I’ve got to go get them. I’m going to put the Chapmanville C on there and a Scott decal too,” Spears said. “We’re family.”
Chapmanville’s Michael Hall said he was happy to put a Logan Wildcat logo on his helmet and let the past be the past.
“I already did,” Hall said.
Chapmanville’s Zac Casto said he also put a Wildcat on his helmet.
“We’re all teammates now,” Casto said.
Austin Kirk of Chapmanville was still in search of a Wildcat sticker.
“I’ll see if they will give me one,” Kirk said. “I saw that Michael Hall put one on there. If they’ve got an extra Wildcat I’ll put one on there.”
There won’t by any Man Hillbillies’ script Man logos on any of the West All-Star team’s helmets. Players from Man this year, are on the East team.
Kirk said he didn’t know about the switch until just a few days ago. Man players were on the West team last year and were teammates with the Logan and Chapmanville players.
“They’ve got Neil Mullins and Mikle Scott Rowe and I’m pretty good friends with him,” Kirk said of the East team. “I didn’t know that they were on the East. I thought that they were on the West with us. I asked him that. I told him, ‘I can’t wait to see you at practice.’ He said, ‘Well, I’m not practicing with you.’ I said, ‘You’re not playing?’ He said, ‘No, I’m on the East.’ I told him, ‘Well, that changes things then.’ So I’ll have to go up against him one more time. That doesn’t bother me. We beat them once, so we can beat them again.”
Even though Mingo Central and Tug Valley haven’t played each other in a football game in four years, the Miners and Panthers are still fierce rivals.
But not in this game as Mingo Central and Tug Valley players will team up in Saturday night’s game.
Were the Miners’ and Panthers’ players also trading their decals as well?
That was the plan.
“Yeah I will. If they’ve got me a Miner sticker I’ll put it on there,” Tug Valley’s Austin Baisden said.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).