BUCKHANNON – I’m trying. I really am. Three maps, five colors, and those colors changing seemingly every few hours. It seems like as soon as I put something in print, it’s already outdated.
It seems like I have posted more cancellation stories than actually writing game stories. That quite isn’t the case, but even without keeping up with Wesleyan’s nine fall athletic teams, it seems like I can’t keep my head above water right now.
This isn’t a woe-is-me story as I know everyone is struggling trying to cope with ‘new normal,’ whatever the heck that even means.
Moving back into my normal role of sports editor in mid-August after spending 5 ½ months of lay-out editor here at the paper during the summer where all we had going on was men’s golf and the summer men’s basketball league, it seems that I am still trying to find my footing.
A typo here or something wrong there, the last six weeks has hardly been my greatest work. Trust me, I am first in line for things to return to some sort of normalcy.
One thing that has remained constant though are my picks.
I got back on track last week with a 4-1 record and finally overtook the lead from my counterpart Shea Phillips who had an off-week going 2-3.
For the season, I am now 12-6 while Shea is 10-8.
Now, onto our picks.
Buckhannon-Upshur (1-3) at John Marshall (3-1)
There will be better days for you young Bucs, but I don’t think Friday night will be one of them. I do think this team will have a bright future, but they are probably a year, or realistically two years away from being a play-off team. You can see flickers of good things from the Bucs, but right now they can’t sustain it for 48 minutes. Just keep working hard B-U and good things are on the horizon.
Duane: John Marshall, 28-24; Shea: Buckhannon-Upshur, 28-21.
Musselman (3-1) at Morgantown (0-0)
Morgantown finally gets to play a football game and it’s against one of the best teams in the state. Musselman’s one loss is to Martinsburg and they are coming off of an impressive 42-21 win over Fairmont Senior last Friday night. The Mohigans are trying to shake off last year’s three-win season, but its going to be tough for them.
Duane: Musselman, 45-29; Shea: Musselman, 42-35.
Lewis County (3-1) at Robert C. Byrd (3-1)
With two forfeit wins under their belts, the Minutemen have moved all the way up to No. 4 in the recent WVSSAC rankings, although they do have an impressive win over Ripley and a head-scratching loss to Elkins. On the other hand, the Eagles were taking their usual loss to Bridgeport. This should be a great game but I see the Eagles coming out on top.
Duane: Robert C. Byrd, 29-21; Shea: Robert C. Byrd, 21-20.
Elkins (2-2) at Grafton (2-2)
As the season reaches the midway point, this is a key game for both teams. Elkins is ranked 15th this week while Grafton is 21st. It’s never too early to start thinking about the play-offs and really, neither team at this point can afford to lose this one.
Duane: Elkins, 14-12; Shea: Elkins, 21-7.
Baylor (1-0) at West Virginia (1-1)
Oklahoma State pretty much showed WVU where they are at, and it wasn’t really pretty. I get Neal Brown still needs some time, but I am beginning to think he isn’t the right man to lead the Mountaineers anymore. Maybe focus on football instead of other distractions for once.
Duane: Baylor, 41-10; Shea: WVU, 38-21.