Mongold to star for Moorefield

The Inter-Mountain photo by Tony Baisi Matt Mongold is entering his senior season for Moorefield.

ELKINS — Moorefield High School senior Matt Mongold recently traveled from Hardy County to Elkins and back to represent the Yellow Jackets for The Inter-Mountain’s football preview special section, which is included in today’s edition. Mongold will be on the field a lot of the time as Moorefield mixes it up again this year while playing out of the Potomac Valley Conference.

As Mongold is beginning his fourth and final call to arms on the prep gridiron this season, he said football is his favorite sport and representing Moorefield High is very important to him.

“The sport of football means a lot to me, I mean it’s my favorite sport,” he said. “I’ve kind of narrowed down my sports throughout the years in my young life, and football has always stayed with me. Football helps me get me through rough times, helps me enjoy good times. I really like it, favorite hobby.”

Mongold was very personable and ready to reply to questions. He showed leadership qualities by not hesitating to give answers. He spoke of what strength training means, his love for the game, and state title banners as inspiration on Moorefield’s gridiron section of the Yellow Jackets’ campus.

“The bigger and faster team is usually going to be superior,” he said. “Hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard. Coach See has been pressing us to get in the weight room, we’ve been in there a lot.

“We’re a really young team and opening camp has had a lot of enthusiasm,” he said. “We’ve got to work hard to get through this year.

“It means a ton to represent Moorefield. You know, it’s a football town,” Mongold added. “You come in and the sign says all the state championships from back in the day. I remember when I played youth league, and during the high school games we would be over there playing two-hand touch and wearing my little Steelers jersey, so it means a lot.”

Class A Moorefield will open its season at home on Friday with a 7 p.m. kickoff against AA Potomac Valley Conference foe Frankfort for a traditional scrap between the Falcons and the home-standing Yellow Jackets.