Minutemen Finish #17 in WV AA Rankings

Team finishes 17th for third time in six years

Makayla Ferguson, Section Editor

The LCHS Minutemen Football team stands 22 in the WV AA standings with a record of 55. Earning a wins against Grafton, East Fairmont, Ripley and nabbing two wins from forfeits. 

The team narrowly missed a state play-off berth by one ranking spot.  The Minutemen finished 17th with the top 16 teams earning play-off spots.

Head Coach Dustin Cogar said this was the third time in six years this happened to his team.

The start of the season was an “unusual” one according to coaches and players.   

“The entire 2020 football season has been a historical one. I personally have never had anything like this transpire in my years of coaching. We have had to adapt and change on the fly,” Mr. Hunter McWhorter, football coach, said. 

The team’s first win by forfeit was Sept. 4 when Braxton County did not have enough eligible players.  The teams agreed to scrimmage for the Senior Night festivities for players, cheerleaders and band members. 

Preston County High was the next team to forfeit Sept. 25. Preston and LCHS re-schedule the game Oct 9 with LCHS ending the series 1-1. 

The team has been riddled with injuries of at least offensive and defensive key players. 

Courtesy Richard Smith

Obviously you never want to lose starting players in a football season, but you have the adopt the next man up. The boys that have filled in have done well and have done what we asked of them and that’s all we can hope for, “ McWhorter said. 

The Minutemen lost to Elkins (25-14), Fairmont Senior (45-0), North Marion (35-8) 

This year has been a rollercoaster so far; we have had highs and lowsThe last couple games have been tough, but we are looking to continue and finish strong. I think that will ultimately tell us if we have had made improvements,”  McWhorter concluded.