Make sure to hit this link http://tinyurl.com/q5qg6mj at 7:30PM tomorrow night to catch live action between Marion and George Wythe. Also, don't forget to add me on Twitter @HogoOnline and follow along with live tweets and updates from around the district.
This matchup is intriguing for a number of reasons. One reason primarily being these two teams were hyped before the year to be the district's #1 and #2. Of course, after the opening week Chilhowie must also be thrown into that mix. Secondly, this will be Marion's third straight district game in their innaugural Hogo campaign and George Wythe's first. If district standings are important to anyone anymore then this game is certianly crucial for both teams.
To be only a half-hour apart, these two former AA schools of adjacent counties haven't met too often. I can't comment on their meetings before 1990, again as I only have George Wythe's records back til then, but I don't think they met much before then. I do know in the latter part of the 90's and maybe even early 2000's, the two teams scrimmaged before the season started. So of the only two official games I'm aware of, and again I'm sure there are more, George Wythe leads the series a whopping 2-0. They throttled Marion two years ago at Pendleton 52-13 and squeaked by them 17-14 on last year's route to a state title.
Will Marion throw a wrench into the district standings with a win over the reigning king? Or will George Wythe assert it's dominance against the district's newcomer?
George Wythe Maroons
Coach: H.S. Ingo
2012: 14-1, Group A Div 2 State Champions
Last Game: 7-36 Loss at Fort Chiswell
Next Game: 9/20 at Floyd County
Marion Scarlet Hurricanes
Coach: Joey Carroll
Last Game: 40-0 Win at Northwood
Next Game: 9/20 Rural Retreat
Again, it's POTW Wednesday! The panel had a tough go deciding who should receive the honors for this week's Hogo hero but overwhelmingly decided on one player eventually, as they always do.
The player of the week is....
Photo from Tricities.com
I apologize for the unstable camera at times. We sat near some Marion folks and when they got excited the video got a little crazy.
Follow this link :http://tinyurl.com/ms7pbo3 Friday night at 7:30 to catch all the play-by-play action between this year's two premiere Wythe County teams. Also, don't forget to follow me on Twitter @HogoOnline for updates of other area games and extra tidbits about the one I'm watching.
There was once a time when this rivalry was as lopsided and one-sided as it could get. In fact, for two years this last decade the two stopped playing each other after George Wythe delivered three consecutive beatdowns of 63-6, 62-6, and 62-0. Despite having a handful of good teams throughout their history, Fort Chiswell had become a cellar dweller in the Mountain Empire which at the time had a reputuation for sending subpar teams to the playoffs.
Fast forward to 2008, Stephen James is in his 4th year of being the Pioneer's head coach and the Pioneers nearly knock off the Maroons, losing just 21-18. This was just one year after the two teams had resumed playing each other and a season removed from a 37-6 whipping courtesy of the Maroons.
The next season Fort Chiswell finally did it. James, his players, and the community had turned the corner with the program. It was not only evident on the scoreboard but the crowd as well. The wins tripled, the crowds tripled.
Since 2009, Fort Chiswell has been a force among Division 2 and now 1A schools. They're 2-2 against George Wythe in that span and this year they appear to be favorited against their long time nemesis and the defending Group A Division 2 State Champions. The two teams both enjoyed wins last week: Fort Chiswell throttled another Wythe foe, Rural Retreat, 49-7 while George Wythe took it to non-district rival Radford.
Will Fort Chiswell be able to contain returning star runningback Trey Skeens? Or will Tennessee Vol signee Coleman Thomas be too much for the 'Roons to handle?
I only have info since 1990 for George Wythe but since that season George Wythe leads the series 15-4. There were four seasons (90, 91, 05, and 06) where the teams did not play.
George Wythe Maroons
Coach: H.S. Ingo
2012: 14-1, Group A, Div 2 State Champions
Last Game: 21-14 Win over Radford
Next Game: 9/13, Marion
Fort Chiswell Pioneers
Max Meadows, VA
Coach: Stephen James
2012: 11-2, MED Champions
Last Game: 49-7 Win at Rural Retreat
Next Game: 9/13, Radford