Patriots’ duo ready for North-South game

INSTITUTE – Wood County is being represented this year by just two players in Saturday’s West Virginia North-South Football Classic – and they’re both from Parkersburg South.

Wide receiver Cole Day and nose tackle Levi Putnam hope to play key roles for the North in the 7 p.m. annual state game Saturday at Laidley Field in Charleston.

Day considered “it an honor to be able to play with the North team and some of the best players from around the state in all classes – single-A, double-A and triple-A,” during North-South media day Tuesday at West Virginia State University. “It’s really exciting to get to meet everybody and trying to figure out what kind of play styles all these teams they’re from used in their high schools.”

Some of his North teammates were heated rivals in the fall.

“I haven’t played against too many of them, but a couple I did and getting to know them both on the field as teammates and also off the field down here has been kind of special,” Day said. “But just getting to know all these guys, including some that I’ve seen play or had only heard about, has been interesting.”

The 6-3, 200-pound wide receiver and part-time cornerback for the Patriots didn’t know about his North-South selection “until like a couple of weeks ago. A late notice, but I was excited when I heard about it because I was ready to play football again because I didn’t have plans on playing in college.

“So to get to play in this is going to be really fun.”

This week, Day has been working out mainly at receiver in North-South camp. “Not really much on defense, but some special teams stuff too,” he added.

Day began his prep career at Parkersburg High School, but played out his last two years at South, competing not only in football, but also as a standout in basketball and baseball. In fact, he is going to walk on in baseball at WVU.

He and another senior wideout, Cody Boggs, were the primary aerial targets for still a another senior, Garrett Gilkeson, for the Patriots last fall.

Assessing Saturday’s matchup, “both teams have a bunch of talent,” said Day, “so I think it’s going to be a real good offensive battle Saturday.