PHOTO: Woodrow Wilson quarterback Maddex McMillen was 26 of 44 for 265 yards passing last week in a loss to Huntington. The Flying Eagles face Greenbrier East for the second time Friday at Fairlea.

By Dave Morrison


Instead of heading down I-77 to Princeton, Woodrow Wilson will take I-64 to Lewisburg/Fairlea to face old rival Greenbrier East Friday.

The Flying Eagles game at Princeton was cancelled Tuesday when a second positive test for Covid-19 was discovered. The school had shut down sports and went to remote learning Monday when it was announced a positive coronavirus test was revealed.

The school did reopen Tuesday and it was announced the game would go on, but that changed Tuesday afternoon.

Princeton is now on remote learning was all sports shut down.

Greenbrier East was supposed to face Ripley, but Jackson County was gold on Saturday’s Covid color-coded map, meaning it can only schedule other gold counties.

It will be the second meeting of the season between Woodrow and Greenbrier East.

Greenbrier East won that meeting 39-12.

The Spartans will be facing a different Woodrow Wilson team in this meeting.

In the first meeting, the Flying Eagles’ offense was relatively balanced, with 35 rushes (189 yards) and quarterback Maddex McMillen was 11 of 25 passing for 177 yards. McMillen had a touchdown rushing and passed for another to Jace Colucci.

Against Huntington last week, the Flying Eagles ran the ball just seven times (37 yards) and McMillen attempted 44 passes (26 completions, for 265 yards).

Greenbrier East is coming off a 42-35 loss to Oak Hill, who used its Wing-T to rush for 417 yards and five touchdowns in the contest.

Woodrow Wilson’s Hezekiah Creasy rushed for 160 yards in that first meeting leading the Eagles 177-yard attack in the first meeting.

Greenbrier East quarterback Monquelle Davis, who suffered a leg injury against Oak Hill that coach Ray Lee didn’t said appeared to be a bruise, completed 9 of 19 in that first meeting, throwing for three scores and ran for another.

Colby Piner had 62 yards receiving and a touchdown and ran for another. Quentin Wilson ran for 136 yards.

Piner has emerged as one of the top multi-threat players in the area, if not the state. He rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns, caught three passes for 73 yards and had 235 yards in kick and punt returns, including a 95-yard kick return for a touchdown.

Ironically, Princeton had earlier faced one of its chief rivals, Bluefield, two times.