Kickoff Weekend set for Aug. 30
Updated: Monday, August 4 2014, 02:38 PM EDT
WEIRTON, W.Va. - Participants in The Weirton Medical Center Kickoff Weekend presented by WTOV9 were announced at a news conference Tuesday morning at Weir High School.
The event, also known as the 'Clash at the Carey,' takes place Saturday, Aug. 30, and features two high school football games - Oak Glen vs. Edison at 4 p.m. and Weir High vs. Steubenville Catholic Central 45 minutes after - with an exhibition game showcasing the Weirton Little Steelers and Oak Glen Junior Bears in between.
Representatives from Weirton Medical Center, WTOV9, the city of Weirton, the Top of West Virginia, each of the participating schools and the junior teams were all on hand for the announcement.
"We believe at the Weirton Medical Center that the foundation of our community are these people right here in this room -- the kids on the playing field, the kids especially in the classroom," said Kelli McCoy from title sponsor Weirton Medical Center. "So we want to show our support to our local schools - Weir High, also Oak Glen, Central, and Edison -- and we just to be there for our community to provide events like this."
Tickets are $10 for the two-game event. The games will be delay-broadcast on WTOV9.
Oak Glen vs. Edison, 4 p.m.
(Rebroadcast will be Noon on Sunday, Aug. 31)
It's a matchup of two coaches who know each other well as Ian Whittington and Derrick Stickles were both teammates at Oak Glen and West Liberty. It's also the third time Oak Glen and Edison have met in the Kickoff Classic.
"Over the last five years, we've played some really hard-fought games," Whittington said. "Even though we are not connected to each other, we have become a rivalry. And my good friend over there, Derrick, and his Edison boys are going to bring a very good, tough football game."
Stickles told the players in attendance Tuesday to take advantage of an opportunity like this because they don't come around very often.
"I don't think there's a better way to start the football season for these young kids than to get the opportunity to be on television and to show the entire Valley what they have," Stickles said. "It's always been a very exciting game. I've had the unique opportunity to be a part of this Kickoff Classic with Edison one year, with Oak Glen one year."
Edison won last year's game, 33-14.
Weir vs. Steubenville Catholic (45 minutes after first game)
(Rebroadcast will be 11:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 30)
Weir coach Tony Filberto, who is in his third year being a part of the Kickoff Classic, said the event does great things for a program.
"It gives your kids something a little more special than just that first week," he said. "You're here for a reason ... because they think you're great football players and these are going to be great football games."
Steubenville Catholic Central coach Steve Daley said it had been a few years since the Crusaders were involved in an opening-week event.
"And we're excited for that opportunity, and hopefully, we can represent ourselves that night," he said. "Weir High and (CCHS) have kind of developed a renewed rivalry of one that had been in place for years. I think it's great to be put on a stage like this and showcase the rivalry."
A concert sponsored by The Top of West Virginia featuring Mingo Junction band Spinning Jenny, will be held at 3 p.m., prior to the games.