Mountaineers Bummed Out To Miss A Game
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –Some may have been happy to have an unexpected vacation this past weekend, but it doesn’t seem many of those inhabit Mountaineer Field.
There were 13 Division I college football games in the Mid-Atlantic region that postponed or cancelled last Saturday because of the concerns over Hurricane Florence.
Among those was West Virginia’s contest at North Carolina State. Instead of traveling to Raleigh and testing themselves against N.C. State, the Mountaineers (2-0) remained in Morgantown and practiced, turning their attention to their next game against Kansas State.
For WVU’s players, especially the seniors in their final season of college football, missing a game, any game, was a bummer. They only have so many chances, and the cancellation of Saturday’s contest gives them one less.
“I was kind of upset, because this is my senior year,” said WVU tight end Trevon Wesco of the cancellation. “You don’t want to miss any games. But there is not much you can control when it comes to Mother Nature.
“My prayers to go out to those affected by the hurricane.”
There aren’t many players who like the grind of practice, but the games are another story. Playing in games is the fun part of football.
“We want to play ball games. Nobody wants to sit out. Games are the best thing,” noted Wesco, a senior from Martinsburg, W.Va. “We did get to rest; I guess that’s a positive. But I’d rather play.”
Since they couldn’t play, most of the Mountaineers spent their unexpected free Saturday watching football on television. Every Big 12 team other than WVU was in action.
“It hurt watching all those games,” admitted senior safety Toyous Avery. “I would rather have been playing. I didn’t need a week off right now.”
Wesco also spent plenty of time parked in front of the TV.
“I spent Saturday watching games,” said the Hedgesville High grad. “I don’t think I spent a day watching games like that since 2013.
“I did watch Big 12 teams, because those are the ones we’ll play. I enjoyed watching, but I’d rather be playing any day of the week.”
Junior offensive tackle Colton McKivitz felt the same as Wesco
“It was kind of weird this past Saturday being just a fan and watching games on TV,” noted the Jacobsburg, Ohio, native. “We’re excited to get back on the field this Saturday.”
Wesco and a number of his Mountaineer teammates took advantage of some free time on Friday night and went up to Morgantown’s University High to watch the Hawks battle Wheeling Park. Their head coach’s son, Logan Holgorsen, fired five touchdown passes as the quarterback for UHS, two of which went to WVU commit Amir Richardson, but the Patriots pulled out a 45-38 victory.
“I went and saw Logan play. He did really good,” said Wesco of the younger Holgorsen, who has verbally committed to Bowling Green. “It was a good atmosphere. I haven’t seen (a high school game) in quite a while.”
With the unwanted free weekend over, West Virginia can now turn its attention to K-State. Kickoff time is slated for 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Mountaineer Field, and the contest will be televised by ESPN.
“It should be a great atmosphere here in Morgantown, and we’re certainly looking forward to it,” Dana Holgorsen said of the clash with K-State (2-1). “I’m going to have to calm our guys down, probably, this week.
“Just because we weren’t able to play last week doesn’t mean we can’t be overexcited. We need to prepare today and tomorrow and just get ready to play for what I think will be a great day on Saturday.”