It’s the 23rd year and the best of the best from Spring Valley, Martinsburg, Fairmont Senior, Mingo Central, St Marys and East Hardy will take to the grid-iron in the friendly city.
But putting on the West Virginia Super Six State Championship is no small feat.
This weekend this stadium will transform holding six West Virginia football teams vying for the state title and thousands of their fans.
“It’s amazing what the Ohio County schools and the volunteers and the people will do to keep making this happen,” said Dwaine Rodgers, Co-Director of the Super Six.
“The SSAC treats the kids that are involved in this is unlike any other in the country,” said Rick Jones, Assistant Superintendent of Ohio County Schools.
Through the years some big changes have been made: new turf and a jumbotron, but the focus on making the weekend a great experience is still the same.
“Housing the teams, feeding the teams, having a host for each team, providing them with some gifts, hats, bags, shirts. Along with the coaches and the players providing them with a practice facility if they desire,” Rodgers said.
The Ohio County Commission is proud to be the biggest financial support; giving $20,000 this year.
“There is not a room in the valley for this weekend, now we can’t lay claim to all of that but there is not a room in the valley, now we can’t lay claim to all of that, but there is not a room in the valley. So all of the hotel rooms are full and that’s what helping us give the money to the super six and we’ll do just about anything for the kids,” said Ohio County Commissioner Tim McCormick.
It’s an investment in Wheeling too. Thousands of people from across the state staying in the Ohio Valley need to eat, get gas, and might even do some shopping, but the real thrill of the weekend happens on the field.
“Some of my best football memories as a fan are here. You know back with JR House when he played and Wheeling Park winning last year and just the John Marshall back in the day when I was first getting out of college and watched them win, so there’s so many memories that occur here,” said Jones.
But it’s not just about the big games, academic achievement is honored during the weekend too.
“We always want to focus the academics come first, and then athletics follow,” said Ohio County Superintendent, Dr. Kim Miller.
As those athletes are lace up their cleats for the big game this weekend, the Northern Panhandle wished the teams good luck.
“Good Luck to all the teams that are here,” said McCormick.
We will have full coverage on the Super Six games all weekend long.