Wheeling Island Stadium was the site this weekend of the three West Virginia high school football state championship games, with multiple West Virginia commits on display, as well as players that haven’t yet signed to play for the Mountaineers but could in the future.
The feature name for many in Friday’s Class AA championship was Fairmont Senior four-star defensive lineman Dante Stills.
Stills’ team came up just a bit short, losing 29-26 to Bluefield. In the game, Stills registered just three tackles, but half of those came behind the line of scrimmage.
Martinsburg won its second straight state title Saturday afternoon, its sixth in the last eight years.
Helping lead the way all season long for the Bulldogs was defensive end, and WVU commit, Tavis Lee, who ended up with just six tackles, 1.5 of which were for loss, in a game in which the Spring Valley offense was going opposite of him most of the day.
Fellow senior Tyson Bagent — the Martinsburg quarterback who already has received offers from Albany and Shepherd but is also at least on West Virginia’s radar — put together another good performance. Bagent completed 14 of 21 passes for 232 yards, throwing for two touchdowns and running in two more.
Martinsburg junior running back and linebacker Dwayne Grantham, a player that Lee said has his eyes set on playing for the Mountaineers, finished 90 rushing yards on just eight carries, one of which was a 39-yard touchdown run in the second half. He also finished second on the team with nine tackles, 1.5 for loss.
West Virginia’s 2018 recruiting class is ranked 14th in the country by Rivals 24th in the nation by 247Sports. A pair of four-star players – one of which includes Stills – have already committed to Dana Holgorsen’s squad, and the Mountaineers are expected to be in the running for more.