Huntington's Donte Hendricks ran for 498 yards and seven touchdowns for the Highlanders in 2012 - he was their third-leading rusher and behind only fullback Paden Christian among returnees - won't be in Coach Billy Seals' backfield. He'll be in Luke Salmons' at Cabell Midland, where he'll replace All-State pick David Gaydosz, who landed in Ona for his senior year after three years at Winfield.
Teran Barnitz, who played fullback at Point Pleasant a year ago, was with Midland throughout summer workouts as well.
The transfer of players isn't just an I-64 corridor phenomenon. Madonna running back/linebacker Nick Ossman, who helped the Blue Dons reach the Class A state title game last year, will be at Brooke. John Marshall second-year coach Rick Goodrich, who came to the Monarchs from his former post at Cambridge, Ohio, will welcome former Bobcat starting running back Trevor Hardesty to the brown-and-gold fold in Glen Dale.
East Fairmont's leading rusher from a year ago, Luke Hrapchak, has crossed town to suit up at Fairmont Senior, where J.L. Abbott has returned to coach the Polar Bears again after a three-season stint as an assistant at Fairmont State.
Martinsburg running back Trey Boyd, the top running back in the Bulldogs' drive to a third consecutive Class AAA title, will not be back. He has returned to his former residence in Florida.
Transfers are far from the only thing of interest however, and if not for the sorting out of rosters for fact-checking purposes aren't even the most noteworthy things regarding the coming season. Martinsburg's quest for an unprecedented fourth consecutive big-school championship should - and will - draw plenty of attention, but not until the start of the playoffs in mid-November.
Wayne will try to become the first team since Poca from 2001-03 - and just the second team in history - to win three straight Class AA titles. Again, the watch on that will become more focused in about four months.
Both Wayne, and to only a slightly lesser extent Martinsburg, will enter the season as favorites to repeat as champs. Morgantown, Capital, Wheeling Park, Huntington and South Charleston appear to be the Bulldogs' biggest threats as August approaches. The Pioneers will be keeping an eye on teams such as Keyser - the 2012 runner-up - as well as Bluefield, Fairmont Senior and Bridgeport.
In Class A, the return to the lineup of Wheeling Central quarterback Parker Henry after he missed 2012 with a knee injury will make the race for playoff positioning significantly tighter between the Maroon Knights and Madonna, while defending champion Wahama, Magnolia and Greenbrier West all appear equipped for deep playoff runs again.
Mark your calendars now. The season is just 17 days away.
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