Hundred won’t have football this season

WHEELING – It was the announcement they did not want to make. It was also one a lot of people saw coming.

The Hundred Hornets will not be fielding a high school football team this fall.

Coach Rex Rush informed the team it needed 18 members to continue with its preseason camp. The Hornets had 14.

Hundred is located in Wetzel County, about one hour southeast of Wheeling. A member of the OVAC, Hundred competes in the conference’s smallest classification – Class 1-A.

“I feel for those kids,” Cameron coach Scott Holt said. “It’s a sad day for small-school football in West Virginia and the Ohio Valley.”

Now nine schools, including the Dragons, are left looking for an opponent to fill the void in their schedules.

“Obviously, everyone’s scrambling to find someone,” said Jose Davis, who’s Bellaire St. John squad was set to play Hundred in Week 6.

“We’re trying to see what is available. We don’t want to schedule just anybody. We’re looking for a quality opponent.”

Paden City coach Brent Croasmun, entering his 15th season at the helm, says he can’t remember a time when he was looking for another opponent this close to the start of the season.

Croasmun said it looks like the Wildcats could pick up Toronto. The Red Knights were scheduled to visit Hundred in Week 9, the same week Paden City had its bye. If that’s the case, the Wildcats would have a bye in Week 2, when they were supposed to play the Hornets.

For Holt and the Dragons, the Hundred game meant more than a regular-season contest. The two have played during the week of Cameron’s homecoming for decades.

“We’re probably not going to be able to fill Week 7,” the first-year coach said. “We don’t have another home game until Halloween. We may have to have homecoming and senior night on the same night.”

That would mean the dance would be moved from Oct. 11 to Nov. 1. Holt also noted they may move the dance up two weeks to Sept. 27, the same week the Dragons play Madonna.

“Out of the 10 teams on our schedule, easily seven of them got better,” Holt said. ”The other three might have stayed the same. (Hundred) was one of the only games we might have had an advantage going into.”

Cameron almost had to go through the same scenario a few weeks ago when questions surrounded Beallsville’s football program.

“We looked at Hundred’s schedule and we have seven common opponents,” Holt said. “We’re either going to shuffle people in or play someone twice. There’s no bonus points for beating someone twice in West Virginia.”