Area football teams looking for solutions to schedule vacancies

MERCER COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Last week, the Virginia High School League announced that of its three potential options regarding how to approach fall sports seasons, none included playing football in the fall.

Multiple area football teams in West Virginia have had their 2020 schedules affected by this decision. Bluefield, for example, was slated to play four teams from the Commonwealth, including their longtime rivalry with Graham. James Monroe, Montcalm, Mount View, Princeton, and River View also now have openings on their schedules.

Hear from Beavers head coach Fred Simon and Tigers head coach Chris Pedigo as they talk about plans to fill those open dates with West Virginia teams.

The WVSSAC announced earlier this month that adjustments may be made regarding the minimum number of games for playoff eligibility, along with the minimum number of opponents from the same class. High school football games in West Virginia would currently start on September 3.