Football is about rivalries

Neither team is where they want to be at this early point in the season, but when the pads are strapped on and the opening kickoff sails into the air, a rivalry will be rekindled.

This will be the scene on Friday night when old foes Buckhannon-Upshur and Elkins battle at Wimer Field.

To this writer, high school football has to have rivalry games. The fans need it, the coaches need it, and most importantly, the players need it.

No future NFL players will trot out on the field come Friday night, and a vast majority of the senior players will never play organized football once the season ends. What you have is two schools, separated by 30 miles apart, putting it all on the line for 48 minutes of fierce battle.

The rivalry brings out the best in both teams. During my 20-plus years of covering the series, the game is never dull. Sure, the score is sometimes lopsided one way or the other, but the players never quit, fighting until the final horn.

I encourage the public, whether you’re a fan or not, to come out and show support for the matchup.

It will be Homecoming for Elkins High, the weather should be perfect for football – an autumn feel with the temperature expected to be in the low 40s – the bands will provide great entertainment, and the teams will be fired up to write another chapter in this battle of Corridor H foes.

And even though the month of September hasn’t reached the midway point of the calendar, the Tigers only have one more home game remaining on the schedule – Sept. 27 against Fairmont Senior.

I give special kudos to B-U officials for working with Elkins High School administrators to play this year’s game in Elkins. The contest was originally scheduled to be held in Tennerton but that would have left the Tigers with just three home games. But the schools obviously came to a compromise to resolve the situation,

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GRAND OPENER: All reports out of Philippi this week indicate nothing but high praise for the athletic department at Alderson Broaddus University for the effort displayed in school’s first regular-season football game since 1930.

A sell-out crowd converged at the beautiful new multi-sports complex on the school’s campus to witness the Battlers earn an exciting 31-28 victory over Pace.

It seems everyone had a great time and certainly a site to behold.

The Battlers will take to the road for the first time this season Saturday at Chowan University, located in Murfreesboro, N.C. The next home game is at noon Sept. 21 against St. Joseph’s College.

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WINDING DOWN: With the high golf season winding down, area teams are looking forward to postseason play.

The Big 10 Conference tourney is slated for Sept. 23 at Bridgeport, while regional play begins the following week.