Footballing: The 2017 Helmet and Uniform Project

Here’s the idea:

Let’s use this post as a place to wrangle all the uniform and helmet updates in West Virginia high school football this summer. Tweet photos of any new or updated gear to me or @GazMailPreps and I’ll do my best to get this post updated.

All updates will be noted.

Mingo Central

Mingo Central doesn’t always have the best or coolest uniform in the state, but the Miners sure do make a run at those titles each season.


When I caught up with Winfield coach Craig Snyder at the West Virginia State 7-on-7 I told him I liked the Generals new helmets. He told me they were set up with new Under Armor uniforms this season, and while I haven’t seen those yet, the helmets are very nice.

***UPDATE – July 25***

Coach Snyder sent me a shot of the Generals home and away uniforms with a helmet also in the photo. These might be my new favorites in the Kanawha Valley.

Photo courtesy Craig Snyder
Photo courtesy Craig Snyder


The Cougars have thrown some nice, new uniforms together in recent seasons but for the nearly 30 years the Capital program has existed the one constant (other than the scoreboard at Laidley Field) has been CHS’ classic silver helmet. This year that gets tweaked, and I’m still on the fence. The “new” helmet is awesome, but I’m reserving judgment until I get a look at one with a full uniform.

North Marion

Daran Hays and the folks down the Husky Highway do it right when it comes to uniforms, only perhaps with a little less fanfare than Mingo Central. The 2017 Huskies will look sharp.

***UPDATE July 26***

The Huskies came through on Twitter with more shots of their gear for 2017. Two sets of home and aways, four different pants and more shots of that sweet helmet.


The Warriors have had a few updates to their uniform collection the last few seasons, and 2017 will be no different.


South Charleston

Black Eagles head coach Donnie Mays passed along some shots of SC’s uniforms from last season, and despite not being brand new they’re totally worth sharing. SC was looking sharp with lots of options. One thing new to note, the Black Eagles are going back to the classic “SC” block letter logos on their helmets. I liked the wing design they used last year, but you can’t argue much the classic logo.

OH YEAH. SC also has a custom print Under Armor cleat. For real.

Courtesy Donnie Mays
Courtesy Donnie Mays
Courtesy Donnie Mays
Courtesy Donnie Mays
Courtesy Donnie Mays
Courtesy Donnie Mays
Courtesy Donnie Mays
Courtesy Donnie Mays

George Washington

New helmets this season for the gang on The Hill.

KENNY KEMP | Gazette-Mail
KENNY KEMP | Gazette-Mail
KENNY KEMP | Gazette-Mail
KENNY KEMP | Gazette-Mail

Wyoming East




The PHS football Twitter account reached out to me with these photos. These helmets are killer. Strong look for the Vikings this season.

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There is a lot going on here. New white helmets (that I think, unlike in this photo, will have a yellow stripe). New adidas home and alternate uniforms, Under Armor away jersey with Russell Athletic away pants. These are all over the place and will have to grow on me, but if the kids love them that’s what matters.


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