Summers County goes through the a workout last week during the first week of the Bobcats’ three-week practice window. Photo courtesy coach Josh Evans.

SUMMERS COUNTY Bobcats

Coach: Josh Evans (first year)

2020 Record: 4-3

Postseason: None

Offensive starters returning: 7 (FB Coen McClaugherty, OL Shug Keaton, RB Duke Dodson, RB Andre Harshaw, OL Bryce Taylor, OL Ashton Rose, OL Logan Trahan

Defensive starters returning: 8 (DB Ben Lane, LB McClaugherty, DL Keaton, DL Dodson, LB Harshaw, DL Taylor, DL Rose, DL Trahan).

Team offensive numbersRush 246-1,462 yards. Pass 10-28 143 Total offense 274-1,605 Points per game -16.6

Defensive ppg: 15.3

Review: In a Covid-19 interrupted season, the Bobcats finished with a 4-3 mark and, in true pandemic style, played the same team, Mount View, twice. After shutting out the Golden Knights 21-0 on Sept. 18, Summers County ended the season with a 26-6 loss to the Golden Knights.

That was pretty much the story of the 2020 season for Summers County.

The Bobcats were up and down. Hot and cold.

Two of their three losses came to a pair of the best teams in Greenbrier West and Williamstown, and the latter was a narrow 15-12 loss, a week after Williamtown had handled eventual state champion (though no finals were actually played and the champs were named) St. Mary’s 20-7.

After falling to Greenbrier West 34-6 in a game that was expected to define the season, Summers rebounded with three straight wins, giving up just 14 in the three. The team hen fell to Williamstown but came back to beat MeadowBridge by two, 20-18. All that made the loss to Mount View as disappointing as it was mystifying.

At season’s end coach Chris Vicars, who led the Bobcats to the Class A semifinals in 2017, resigned.

Players to watch: Andre Harshow came in with big expectations. Last season he started to flash those skills with two 100-yard games in his final three games. This will be the year many expect that he will deliver. 

Players who will surprise: New coach Josh Evans has a multitude of young players to mold into the program he wants.

He said HB/WR/CB Ryan Oliveros ad FB/LB Tyson Adkins, freshmen both and sophomores WR/RB/CB Drake Cole and OL/DL Bryce Taylor will players to watch for the Bobcats.

Statistical leaders 2020

Rush: Markis Crawford 81-447-4; Pass: Logan Fox 6-15-195-2; Receive: Keandre Sarver 8-136-2

Preview: Josh Evans, a former Oak Hill assistant and an all-state player at Fayetteville, steps in to take the reins at Summers County.

The Bobcats are going to run he ball, with Marshall and Dodson and company running behind a line that features four players with starting experience and with some depth this year provided by young players or first year players who won’t have to step right in and play bit can learn the ropes.

The Bobcats didn’t have much of a passing game last year throwing for just 143 yards last year. Five different players attempted passes last season. Dodson or Ben Lane will get the first crack at starting behind center this fall.

The team played well at times on defense and five players with starting experience return on the defensive line, as well as linebackers Harshaw and McClaugherty. Ben Lane is the only starter returning in the secondary.

Evans has played for and coached with several notable coaches including Frank Spangler, Dave Moneypenny, Joe Dean, Jim Martin and Rick Helmick, who he said had been prepping him for the time when he would take over his own program.

The annual opener with PikeView will take on a little added meaning. The game will now be billed the Battle of the Bluestone and will have a trophy going to the winner.

2020 results: 

9-4-20     at Greenbrier West      6-34

9-11-20    Shady Spring               26-7

9-18-20    Mount View                 21-0

9-25-20    Ravenswood               27-7

10–9-20    Williamstown              12-15

10-16-20   at Meadow Bridge     20-18

11-6-20    Mount View                  6-26

2021 Schedule 

8-26-21    PikeView

9-3-21      Greenbrier West

9-11-21     at Shady Spring

9-17-21    at Mount View

9-24-21   Midland Trail

10-1-21     Independence

10-15-21   Meadow Bridge

10-22-21  at Pocahontas County

10-29-21  Richwood

11-5-21     at James Monroe

Coaches Quote: – “Believe! Believe in yourself, believe in your teammates and believe in the program.” —Head coach Josh Evans