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Derek Taylor

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AREA PREVIEW: Capital hosts improved Parkersburg team


The rivalry between Parkersburg and Capital that largely dominated the Mountain State Athletic Conference in the late 1990s might not be back to its peak, but Cougars coach Jon Carpenter said Thursday that it might well ...

Capital’s Haley rebounds in a big way for Cougars


If Kashuan Haley was going to take the glory Friday night, he was determined to show a little guts in owning what had happened the week before.

Haley carried the ball nine times for 204 yards and five touchdowns Fr...

Haley sparks Capital’s win at Princeton


PRINCETON, W.Va. — Capital coach Jon Carpenter told Cougars senior running back Kashuan Haley the player was the best at his position in the state Friday night.

There’s pretty good reasoning behind C...

Another test awaits Class AA No. 6 Sissonville


No. 6 Indians host No. 8 Mingo Central

Smolder, Sissonville not happy with ‘moral victories’


Class AA No. 1 Wayne beat Indians 20-14 on Friday

Wayne holds off Sissonville in Class AA clash


Wayne turned to a somewhat surprising option late in its game at Sissonville on Friday night, and the Pioneers might have found their next star in the process.

Junior utility back Cody Stiltner carried five times i...

Wayne visits Sissonville for Class AA showdown


Plenty has transpired in the world of Kanawha Valley prep football since a game featuring two Class AA teams highlighted the Friday night schedule.

There have been two state championships won (both by South Charles...

Notebook: Hurricane coach not happy with effort in loss


Hurricane coach Jeremy Taylor spared little in critiquing his team Friday night after the Redskins fell 37-6 at Class AAA No. 5 Huntington.

“If you watch the game film we probably had 10 guys around the ball...

Huntington throttles Hurricane, 37-6


HUNTINGTON — Even though it came with their team firmly in control of its season opener, the Huntington High running back duo of Stefan Gibbs and Brandon Morrison provided the keynote for what became a 37-6 Highla...

Cunningham gets first win against George Washington


A.D. Cunningham has been plenty of things during his football-playing career at South Charleston High School.

First and foremost, Cunningham was known as the son of former Capital great and Marshall star William Ki...

AREA PREVIEW: Hurricane, Huntington prepare to match strengths


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Friday’s prep football season opener between Hurricane and Class AAA No. 5 Huntington might look like a case of the irresistible force versus the immovable object, but neither teamȁ...

Challenges await Black Eagles, Patriots in season opener


George Washington fresh, South Charleston experienced as prep season begins

Prep Football Podcast 2


Charleston Daily Mail sportswriters Tom Bragg and Derek Taylor look ahead to the first week of the 2014 West Virginia high school football season.

Derek Taylor notebook: Huntington defensive line a work in progress


Highlanders replace three of four starters from last year’s front

Mackey steps in at QB for George Washington


George Washington junior Kaleb Mackey was set to replace Trevor Bell as the Patriots quarterback in 2013.

A sophomore, Mackey had studied in offseason training under quarterback guru Scott Tinsley, now the offensi...

South Charleston’s Perkins will be versatile piece for the Black Eagles


South Charleston junior will do a little of everything for the Black Eagles

Familiar faces top Daily Mail preseason poll


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With as much surprise as West Virginia being left out of the Associated Press Preseason Top 25, Martinsburg, Wayne and Wheeling Central topped the state’s three divisions in the Daily Ma...

Hurricane’s Kimble puts in work on and off the field


Hurricane linebacker runs successful lawn care business during summer months

Musselman’s Glover likes being ‘unknown’


When Musselman quarterback Trevon Wesco was lost for the season with a knee injury midway through the 2013 season, it ended the year of a potential Kennedy Award candidate.

The odd thing is that Wesco’s inju...

Moorefield’s Schoonover makes a name for himself


Moorefield linebacker draws comparison to former Yellow Jackets standout Reed Williams

Lindsay still a threat despite Boyd’s return to Martinsburg


WVU commit Deamonte Lindsay pairs with Trey Boyd to give Martinsburg a dangerous duo

First day of practice more about paperwork than drills


The first day of high school football practice in West Virginia traditionally brings gratification to thousands of fans and players who have waited since the previous autumn to return to the field.

Heat, helmets an...

Prep Football Podcast 1


Charleston Daily Mail sportswriters Tom Bragg and Derek Taylor take a look at the upcoming West Virginia high school football season.

Class AA preview: Sissonville poised to make its move


As 2014 season kicks off, Sissonville poised to make its move

Class AAA preview: Martinsburg ‘bigger, faster and stronger’


Bulldogs push for fifth straight title