Mountaneers move up; football and basketball are overlapping

Kyle’s Korner ….

WVU is ranked No. 10 in this week’s AP Poll and No. 9 in the USA Poll this week. This week’s opponent, Oklahoma, is ranked No. 8 in a huge Big 12 contest.

The Mountaineers had a good road win over the Texas Longhorns this past weekend.

he West Virginia University football coaching staff has named its award winners for outstanding performances in the Mountaineers 24-20 win over Texas at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Nov. 12.

The offensive Champion was running back Kennedy McKoy the Defensive Champion was defensive back Rasul Douglas and the Special Teams Champion was punter Billy Kinney.

The Big 12 Conference has announced that WVU’s Saturday, Nov. 19, Big 12 Conference football game against Oklahoma at Milan Puskar Stadium will be televised on ABC at 8 p.m.

The Mountaineers’ matchup with Oklahoma will be True Blue, presented by GoMart, at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. All fans are encouraged to wear blue.

Tickets remain for home games with Oklahoma (Nov. 19) and Baylor (Dec. 3) and can be purchased online at or by calling 1-800-WVU GAME.

… But let’s not forget about football. Both Belfry (11-1) and Mingo Central continue toward the state championship game this Friday night. Kickoff for both games will be at 7:30 p.m. The Pirates will entertain and old rival, Russell (10-1), at CAM Stadium. The Miners (11-0) will entertain Keyser at Buck Harless Stadium, a team that is located on the Maryland border, which comes in at 8-3, but lost a couple of tough game to out of state schools.

… This is the time of year where sports overlap. College basketball has already started. WVU and Marshall picked up wins over the weekend. The Mountaineers played again on Monday night, while the Thundering Herd plays on Wednesday night.

No. 20 West Virginia cruised past Mount St. Mary’s 87-59 on Friday night to win its fourth straight opener.Sagaba Konate had 11 points and six rebounds in 12 minutes during a matchup of schools both nicknamed the Mountaineers.

Terrence Thompson scored a career-high 20 points and tied a career best with 10 rebounds to help Marshall hold off North Carolina Central for an 81-69 win in the season opener for both teams on Saturday. Jon Elmore hit three 3-pointers and finished with 17 points, Stevie Browning scored 16 and Ryan Taylor had 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots for Marshall.

Isaiah Briscoe and De’Aaron Fox each scored a career-high 21 points, Malik Monk added 16 and No. 2 Kentucky pulled away from Canisius early in the second half for a 93-69 victory Sunday night.

… Locally high school basketball coaches have started pre-season practices for both the girls’ and boys’ squads. Games will begin in early December.

… Both Mingo Central and Belfry will have several hoops players coming out later because of the football playoffs. This is something that is normal for the Pirates. The Miners have a good shot at making a deep run into the playoffs in W.Va. Several players will have to keep their football pads on before lacing up the high tops for basketball.

… Mingo Central Junior quarterback Jeremy Dillon is a legitimate candidate for the Kennedy Award Candidate, which is given to the state’s best football player. He no doubt will be a first team all-state selection. He was as a freshman and sophomore, but on the defensive side of the ball.

Here are his stats after 11 games: 156-247 completions, with a 63 percent completion rate for 2,395 yards, 32 TDs, 2 XP, plus Dillon had 103 rushes for 884 for a 9.1 yard average and 21 rushing TDs.

(Kyle Lovern is the Managing Editor for the Civitas Media Mountain District including the Williamson Daily News and Logan Banner. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)
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