This year’s Battle for the Coal Shovel is set for Sept. 5
Westside and Wyoming East will meet on the gridiron at Clear Fork. East ended the Renegades’ five-year stranglehold on the shovel last season at New Richmond.
The Renegades, who bounced back from key injuries to finish 5-5 in 2013, open the season on Aug. 29 at Liberty Raleigh.
After the game with East, WHS will visit Man on Sept. 12 and Mingo Central on Sept. 19.
Westside will host Independence on Sept. 26 and Scott on Oct. 3.
After a visit to James Monroe on Oct. 10, Westside will travel to Nicholas County for a first-ever meeting with the Grizzlies on Oct. 17.
Nicholas reached the quarterfinals of the playoffs last year before falling to Bluefield.
WHS visist River View on Oct. 24 and finishes the regular season on Oct. 31 against Mount View.
Westside has an open date for the first Friday in November.
Wyoming East opens the 2014 campaign looking for a third straight playoff appearance.
The Wariors start at home on Aug. 29 against Mingo Central. East eked out a 27-26 win over the Miners last year.
After playing Westside, will host Nicholas County on Sept. 12. Nicholas beat the Warriors, 35-14, in the opening round of the playoffs last season.
WEHS will host Summers County, the only team to give them a regular season loss last year, on Sept. 19. They will then go on the road ot meet James Monroe on Sept. 26.
The Warriors and Mavericks haven’t played in several years.
East will host River View on Oct. 3 and visit PikeView on Oct. 10.
The Warriors will entertain AAA Shady Spring on Oct. 17 and then have an open date on Oct. 24.
East wraps up the regular season by hosting Independence on Oct. 31 and playing at Liberty on Nov. 7.
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