ELKINS – High school football teams will hit the field today for the start of preseason drills.

Some area coaches will get just over a week to hold extra practice sessions, with schools opening as early as Aug. 13.

Here is a brief look at area teams heading into fall practice.


After consecutive Class AAA playoff appearances, Elkins went 0-10 in 2013.

Some experience does return along the offensive and defensive lines, but questions remain at the skill positions, including quarterback after the graduation of Ben Lonergan.


Buckhannon-Upshur ended the 2013 campaign with some momentum under first-year coach Duane Stoeckle by blasting Preston in the season finale.

The Bucs must replace standout tailback Seth Cutright. Experience at quarterback and the receiver spots does return, however.

Philip Barbour

Philip Barbour lost several key players from last year’s Class AA playoff squad, including all-staters Al Johnson and Dylan Johnson.

Senior Tyler Titchnell is expected to lead the offense at quarterback after stepping in for an injured Dillon Newman early last season.

Tygarts Valley

Tygarts Valley will be under the direction of a new coach entering the 2014 campaign.

Chris Dorminey was named to the position last week.

He will inherit a team looking to bounce back from last year’s 1-9 mark.

With the return of several key players, including running back P.J. Lanham, the Bulldogs should increase their win total in 2014.

Tucker County

Tucker County seems to lose standout players every season to graduation but finds a way to be among the Class A playoff field.

The Mountain Lions lost to Madonna in the first round of last year’s playoffs. Ten seniors were lost from that squad, including leading rusher Austin Zirk and all-state lineman Cory Hanlin.