Jimmy Carey Stadium hosts Kickoff Weekend

WEIRTON, W.Va. – Jimmy Carey Stadium will host six teams on Aug. 30 for Kickoff Weekend.

The event, sponsored by Weirton Medical Center, will showcase four high school teams and an exhibition game.

Edison and Oak Glen will tee it up for a 4 p.m. contest with host Weir High welcoming Steubenville Catholic Central in the nightcap.

The Weirton Little Steelers will host the Oak Glen Junior Bears in an exhibition game, to last about 30 minutes, between the games.

“I want to thank the committee that was formed to make this weekend possible,” said Red Riders principal Dan Enich. “There were a lot of hours put into logistics, planning and the infrastructure.”

Tickets are $10 each and are available at each high school.

“This is my third year of being a part of the kickoff classic and it does great things for your program,” said Weir High football coach Tony Filberto. “It gives your kids something a little more special that first week.

“We’re really proud to be a part of this.”

Weir High is coming off a 3-7 campaign. Central was 9-3 a season ago, losing in the Division VII regional semifinals.

“We feel honored and privileged to be a part of this kickoff game,” said Crusaders coach Steve Daley, entering his fourth season. “Weir High and ourselves have developed a renewed rivalry that had been in place for years.

“It’s great that we get to put it on a stage like this and showcase that rivalry.”

Oak Glen and Edison are no strangers to this game having played in 2011 and 2012.

Wildcats head coach Derrick Stickles was an assistant coach for Edison in the 2011 game and the Golden Bears in 2012. He moved back to Edison a year ago, when the teams played on the new turf in New Manchester.

“It’s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to play on Saturday afternoon, but I’m looking forward to it,” said Stickles. “It’s always been an exciting game between us. I’ve had the unique opportunity to be a part of the kickoff classic at Edison one year and Oak Glen the other year.

“We’ve very excited about the opportunity to showcase our talents Saturday afternoon. I don’t think there is a better way to start the football season than to give them the opportunity to be on television and show the entire valley what they have.”

Whittington and the Golden Bears are coming off a winless season and looking forward to a new opportunity.

“Ourselves and the Oak Glen community would like to thank everyone for all the work they’ve put in for these games,” said Whittington. “We are thankful to be a part of the kickoff weekend again. We feel honored and privilege to give our boys a chance to show the entire Ohio valley what we have and to represent ourselves and the northern part of the valley.

“What we have with Edison has become a new rivalry. Over the last five years we’ve played some really hard-fought games.”

WTOV-TV also is a sponsor of the event.