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Mark Martin's Notepad

October Thoughts
October 16, 2013

Mark Martin SILVER ANNIVERSARY: Last week I mentioned it had been 25 years since that classic battled between Winfield and Bridgeport for the West Virginia Class AA championship at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown. It was a game won by Wayne Jamison’s Bridgeport crew, 29-28, in four overtimes.

The Class AAA and Class A games were won that year by old Charleston High and Meadow Bridge.

Charleston High defeated Greenbrier East, 17-0, for the AAA crown in what was the last year of existence for the Mountain Lions. The following season, Charleston merged with old rival Stonewall Jackson to form Capital.

The Class A title was captured by Meadow Bridge, thanks to a narrow victory against Pineville, 7-6.

Pineville is now a part of Wyoming East.

Meadow Bridge is still going strong. So, too, is the man who guided the Wildcats to the title – Larry McClintic.

I get teased a lot by my co-workers about claiming several coaches as favorites. Roger Jefferson and Larry McClintic are certainly on my all-time favorites list.

WARNER WILL: It has now been 35 years since Curt Warner claimed the Kennedy Award as West Virginia’s top football player. Warner played for old Pineville High. He helped lead the Minutemen to the Class A title game in 1977 as a junior. The game was played at Ripley’s Memorial Stadium, but it was Mannington (now a part of North Marion) coming away victorious that afternoon, 28-20.

I had a chance to be at that game and watched Warner score a TD as soon as I got to the stadium.

As a senior, Warner’s team was beaten by Doddridge County to bring his glorious high school career to an end.

We all know the rest. Warner attended Penn State and became one of the greatest to ever run with the football in a Nittany Lion uniform. A couple of years ago he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Warner also enjoyed a great career in the NFL.

I can still remember Don Nehlen doing his TV show with the late Woody O’Hara the day after WVU had lost to Penn State. Warner was ripping off long runs and Nehlen said, “What makes me sick Woody is this kid is from West Virginia.”

HALL OF FAMER: Speaking of the College Football of Fame, congratulations to former WVU head coach Frank Cignetti who will be inducted this year.

Cignetti guided WVU’s program in the seasons of 1976-79. Things didn’t go well in Morgantown in terms of wins, but he helped in the building process for years to come. Among his recruits were a future College Football Hall of Famer in Darryl Talley and current WVU athletic director Oliver Luck.

After WVU, Cignetti moved on to his alma mater of Indiana, Pennsylvania (IUP) and enjoyed great success, which led to his upcoming induction into the CFHOF.

Cignetti’s son, Curt, a former Morgantown High and WVU QB, is now the school’s head coach.

SPEEDY RECOVERY: We all love football, but it should be remembered that it is just a game.

Things were certainly put into perspective on the final Friday night of September when 17-year-old Dylan Jeffries of South Harrison High collapsed on the sidelines during a game for the Hawks. He had surgery to remove a blood clot on the brain.

Please keep this young man, his family, South Harrison’s classy head coach Brad Jett, the Hawk staff and the entire community in your thoughts and prayers.

SPEEDY RECOVERY II: Former Glenville head football coach Whitey Adolfson is on the mend after being hospitalized.

I’ve known Coach Adolfson for many years and you won’t find a better man.
As a kid, I attended the Glenville State College Football Camp. It was one of the few football camps offered back then.

During my two years at camp, I grew fond of both head coach Bill Hanlin and assistant Adolfson, who was then an assistant.

In 1973, the two helped lead Glenville to the NAIA national championship game at old Fairfield Stadium in Huntington.

After Hanlin left GSC for the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission, Adolfson served as Glenville’s head coach from 1975-79.
All the best, Coach.

TECH FOOTBALL: I’m sure many of you out there miss football at WVU Tech.
This is the second season without the sport on the Montgomery campus.
Thank goodness the aforementioned Valley Greyhounds are able to keep football going at historic Martin Field.



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