Trey Skeens scores touchdown against Northwood in soggy Monday night game. (Earl Neikirk, Bristol Herald Courier)
(Photo privilege Jim Sacco - Bristol Herald Courier)
George Wythe's head football coach Brandon Harner was kind enough to give us an interview here early in the year. Coaches are busy people and we're always excited when they want to give us an opportunity to dig a little deeper. We wanted to know about the new and improved schedule, how George Wythe could rebound after graduation, and how Coach Harner's second season will measure to his first.
HOGO: Last year’s team got off to a slow 0-3 start against Radford, Fort Chiswell, and Marion. You open 2015 with those same three teams, how do you get off to a better start this year?
When: Saturday, December 5, 2009
Where: Emory & Henry's Fred Selfe Stadium - Emory, VA
Billboard 100 Top #1 Hit: Empire State of Mind - Jay-z and Alicia Keys
The Hype: This article will evoke many mixed emotions from Holston's die-hard fans who were around to support their team nearly six years ago. On one hand, it's a call-back to better times when Holston was not just competitive in the district but dominated Region C's Division I for a stint of years. On the other, nothing hurts worse than coming as close to competing in a state championship as they did in 2009.
Holston's Cavaliers were 11-1 and playing football in early December yet again. Just one year previous, in 2008, the Cavs took a long trip over to Clintwood for a rare 13th game of the year. It was an even longer trip home as the now defunct Greenwave dismantled the Cavs in a 41-21 victory. But this was a year later and many of those same Cavalier players still walked the halls of Holston High School and still graced the playing field for up-and-coming coach Jason Matlock.
Bristol Herald Courier, 12/3/2009 (Article - Tim Hayes; Photo in snapshot- Andre Teague)
If you joined us last week for the online broadcast, we surely do appreciate it! It's also good to note that myself and Andy Blevins were just fill-ins. Our real on-air talent is still doing Appalachian League baseball and will be joining us soon! (We hope!) Also, if you like what we do and want to help us, we could use sponsors. Keep that in mind if you know any local business owners who share a passion for high school football. That could really help us out. Currently, to extend past this coming week, we'll need some assistance.
Player of the Week articles will be coming later this week but before we look backward to last week, let's go ahead and look forward to this Friday! It's the Week 2 Slate and Fun Facts edition brought to you by: Carter's Pharmacy in Saltville. Thanks Carter's Pharmacy!
Hogo GameDay hopes to broadcast the play-by-play for this one live on Friday night! Here's a smart idea: Bring your phone and some headphones to the game you're going to and watch that game WHILE you listen to this one. Smart, eh? Or, don't want to leave the house? No problem, just go here and listen. spreaker.com/user/hogonetwork We'll be there waiting for ya! (Once we get permission from Marion of course...)
(Not sure about 2015 yet!)
At 6:45 this link will change from what you see currently to Marion at Chilhowie. Just click play to join us!
Five years ago on the Hogo's 40th Anniversary, I published a number of articles here that encapsulated some of the greatest football moments in the history of the Hogo. The articles were a hit as former players and coaches emailed and reached out to thank me for reminding them of their proudest moments. I had no idea the articles could mean so much to people and the series became one of my favorite things I've ever done in relation to this website.
Five years later we celebrate 45 years of the Hogoheegee and though districts aren't what they once were, great games still exist today as they did before five years ago. Join us again this year as we take some trips down memory lane. Our first installment of the season is timely as the two teams featured here also meet again this Friday night. Check it out!
When: Friday, September 10, 2010
Where: Radford High Stadium – Radford, VA
Billboard Top 100 #1 Hit: “Love the Way You Lie” - Eminem ft. Rihanna
The Hype: No hype is typically required for a matchup between Radford and George Wythe. The two teams have faced each other 69 times as of this writing; six of those times were in the post-season. They shared a conference and district for nearly fifty years before being split into the Three Rivers and Hogoheegee. They renewed their longstanding rivalry that had ended in 1989 again a decade later and have played each other every year since 1999. Historically, win or lose, each team eventually makes the playoffs where they face each other again nearly a third of the time.