Coaches say 7:30 is just fine


By Paul Adkins - [email protected]



There seems to be a push nationwide to change the traditional 7:30 p.m. high school football starting times back to 7.

The thinking is this.

With an earlier starting time that gets the fans and players home that much earlier after the game.

With sufficient sunlight, especially in the first few weeks of the grid season, those concerned about the environment will say that’s less power needed at lighted stadiums, particularly at the beginning of the game.

West Virginia’s Mountain State Athletic Conference has mandated that all games between league members kick off at 7 instead of 7:30.

Other Kanawha Valley schools, such as Nitro, a new Cardinal Conference member and former Class AAA affiliate of the MSAC, have followed suit.

All of Nitro’s home games have 7 p.m. starting times this fall, including this week’s Mingo Central game and next week’s Sept. 30 home tilt against Chapmanville Regional.

Other states, such as Michigan, have played most of its high school football games with 7 p.m. starting times for years.

Logan coach Gary Mullins said, however, he likes the traditional 7:30 p.m. kickoff time.

“I kind of like 7:30,” he said. “But we’ll do whatever they want us to do and we’ll be fine with it. I think 7 o’clock might be tough for some people to get here after work.”

Chapmanville coach Rob Dial said he can see the pros and cons of each but it makes no difference to him.

“That’s going to be our only game that will start at 7 o’clock,” Dial said of next week’s game at Nitro. “Personally, it doesn’t really matter to me one way or another. I can see if you start the game earlier it gets you home at an earlier time. That part of it I like especially as I get older. But early in the year with the late August and early September games it’s still very hot at 7. Sometimes it’s still well into the 90s. I can see it both ways but we’ll play whenever they tell us.”

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For the record

Chapmanville Regional High School wide recevier/running back Dylan Smith has been listed in the Logan Banner as a senior.

He’s in fact, just a junior.

Smith has 30 rushes for 156 yards and four touchdowns and 27 catches for 424 yards and five more touchdowns heading into this week’s action.

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Around the

Cardinal Conference

Four Cardinal Conference games are on tap on Friday night.

Chapmanville (2-2, 2-2) hits the road at Logan (3-1, 1-0) in a South Division clash, while Mingo Central (3-0, 1-0) plays at Nitro (1-2, 1-1).

The other two league contests have winless Scott (0-4, 0-4) traveling to winless Poca (0-4, 0-3) and Wayne (1-2, 0-1) going to Winfield (2-1, 2-0).

Herbert Hoover (3-1, 3-1) and Sissonville (3-1,-3-1) are idle this week.

Five Cardinal teams are ranked in the top 16 in this week’s Class AA WVSSAC Ratings which determine the playoff spots in each class.

The Mingo Central Miners are ranked No. 5. Hoover and Sissonville are tied for ninth. Logan is 12th and Winfield 15th.

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WVSSAC Football Ratings

CLASS AAA

Team Pts Rec Pvs

1. Huntington 13.00 4-0 t1

2. Martinsburg 12.75 4-0 t1

3. University 12.50 4-0 t3

4. Hurricane 12.25 4-0 t3

5. Morgantown 11.25 4-0 5

6. Capital 10.00 3-1 6

(tie) Musselman 10.00 3-1 t7

8. Spring Valley 9.25 3-1 t7

9. Princeton 6.75 3-1 t13

10. Riverside 6.50 2-2 t7

(tie) South Charleston 6.50 2-2 t16

12. Greenbrier East 6.25 2-2 t7

(tie) Wheeling Park 6.25 2-2 11

14. Ripley 6.00 2-2 t16

15. Hedgesville 5.50 2-2 12

16. Jefferson 4.33 1-2 —

17. Buckhannon-Upshur 4.00 1-2 t13

18. Cabell Midland 3.50 1-3 15

19. Parkersburg 3.00 1-3 t16

(tie) Preston 3.00 1-3 t16

(tie) Spring Mills 3.00 1-3 t16

(tie) Woodrow Wilson 3.00 1-2 —

CLASS AA

1. Bridgeport 11.50 4-0 2

2. Fairmont Senior 11.33 3-0 3

(tie) James Monroe 11.33 3-0 1

4. Point Pleasant 11.00 4-0 4

5. Mingo Central 9.67 3-0 9

6. Lewis County 8.50 3-1 11

(tie) Nicholas County 8.50 4-0 10

8. North Marion 7.67 2-1 12

9. Herbert Hoover 7.50 3-1 t6

(tie) Keyser 7.50 3-1 t18

(tie) Sissonville 7.50 3-1 t15

12. Lincoln 7.25 3-1 t18

(tie) Logan 7.25 3-1 8

(tie) Weir 7.25 3-1 t6

15. Braxton County 7.00 2-1 5

(tie) Man 7.00 3-1 t15

(tie) Winfield 7.00 2-1 —

18. Independence 6.75 3-1 —

19. Grafton 6.50 3-1 t15

20. Liberty Raleigh 6.00 2-1 t18

(tie) Petersburg 6.00 2-1 —

CLASS A

1. East Hardy 9.33 3-0 1

2. Summers County 9.00 3-0 2

3. South Harrison 8.67 3-0 4

4. Moorefield 8.50 4-0 3

5. St. Marys 8.00 4-0 t7

6. Buffalo 7.50 4-0 5

7. Gilmer County 7.00 4-0 11

(tie) Tolsia 7.00 2-1 19

9. Fayetteville 6.75 4-0 6

10. Bishop Donahue 6.33 3-0 t12

(tie) Cameron 6.33 3-0 10

12. Tug Valley 6.25 3-1 t16

13. Clay-Battelle 6.00 3-0 t12

(tie) Mount View 6.00 2-1 t12

15. Williamstown 5.75 3-1 t16

16. Sherman 5.50 3-1 t7

17. Pendleton County 5.25 3-1 t16

(tie) Wheeling Central 5.25 3-1 t7

19. Van 5.00 3-1 t20

20. Midland Trail 4.50 3-1 t20

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Cardinal Conference

Football Standings

SOUTH DIVISION

Team CONF ALL PF PA

Mingo Central 1-0 3-0 152 55

Logan 1-0 3-1 161 78

Chapmanville 2-2 2-2 121 73

Wayne 0-1 1-2 78 85

Scott 0-4 0-4 63 129

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NORTH DIVISION

Team CONF ALL PF PA

Winfield 2-0 2-1 100 96

Sissonville 3-1 3-1 122 97

Herbert Hoover 3-1 3-1 118 78

Nitro 1-1 1-2 38 92

Poca 0-3 0-4 44 177

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Friday, September 23 games:

*Chapmanville at Logan, 7:30 p.m.

*Mingo Central at Nitro, 7 p.m.

*Scott at Poca, 7:30 p.m.

*Wayne at Winfield, 7:30 p.m.

Herbert Hoover — OPEN DATE

Sissonville — OPEN DATE

*Cardinal Conference game

Friday, September 16 results:

Point Pleasant 41, Logan 12

Chapmanville 53, Poca 20

Sissonville 40, Scott 18

Wayne 58, Oak Hill 21

Winfield 51, Herbert Hoover 48

Mingo Central — OPEN DATE

Nitro — OPEN DATE

By Paul Adkins

[email protected]

(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).

(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).

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