Catholic, Paden City find replacement for Hundred

PARKERSBURG -Year in and year out, Parkersburg Catholic rides the same fence in terms of the numbers crunch that forced Hundred to cancel the 2014 high school football season.

Earlier this week, Hundred High School made the move official when only 14 players attended preseason camp. Parkersburg Catholic had an inkling trying to schedule a game with the Hornets would be affected, so instead the school filled its 10th game with Clay-Battelle at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10.

“It wasn’t a real problem,” PCHS coach Jeff Campbell said. “I’ve known their head coach informally over the years and he is a really good guy. His teams are consistently in the playoffs and usually consist of 40 players, so it should be a good challenge for us.

“We will have a brutal schedule now with Clay-Battelle, Notre Dame and Buffalo, along with the Little Kanawha Conference schedule – it’s loaded with playoff teams,” Campbell said. “We’re not going to shy away from Clay-Battelle. We look forward to the opportunity. I told the kids, and they are excited.”

Campbell can remember several years ago when he only had 15 players available for a several games, but never during that span did the Crusaders forfeit to their opponent.

“It is difficult – sometimes we are practicing with a half line,” Campbell said. “Today, we had 17 kids and we started teaching blocking schemes with half lines all the times. You try to find a silver lining – you don’t need that many reps.

“I feel for Hundred. It’s a neat community and I know it’s got to be a rough situation.”

No football at Hundred also forced Paden City to seek a 10th opponent. The Wildcats found a replacement with a game at Toronto (Ohio). Game time is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24.

“Obviously, everyone’s scrambling to find someone,” said St. John coach Jose Davis, whose team was scheduled to meet Hundred in Week 6. “We’re trying to see what is available. We don’t want to schedule just anybody. We’re looking for a quality opponent.”

The 14 individuals at Hundred have the opportunity to transfer to schools anywhere within Wetzel County and can immediately play football.

“I feel for those kids and that community,” Cameron coach Scott Holt said. “It’s a sad day for small-school football in West Virginia and the Ohio Valley. “We consider ourselves a lot like Hundred. With them gone, we’re probably the fifth-smallest public school in the state (playing football).”

Tony Viola also contributed to this story