PARKERSBURG - Normally, when talk of which teams will be playing at Wheeling Island Stadium in early December begins circulating it is pretty much the same names that you hear bantered around in each of the three classes.
Well, if you are looking for a new name to throw out there in 2012 you may want to take a look at Coach Jon Bolen's bunch from Parkersburg South and throw it into the Class AAA mix.
With just three seniors graduated from a team that finished 7-5 and destroyed higher-seeded Logan in the first round of the playoffs, there is no question the Patriots have their eyes set on bigger and better things this season.
''We are not bad,'' a modest Bolen said. ''This is a very good, experienced group and we have some very, very talented skill players to put onto the field.
''There is no doubt that there are plenty of big goals and expectations. The first is beating Ripley in Game 1 and then the playoffs, and just like every other school out there we would love to win a state championship.''
Bolen's son, veteran quarterback Tyler Bolen, is back for his senior season after throwing for more than 1,000 yards and 10 scores. However, South is a run-first kind of offense that has many weapons it can bring at you on the ground.
Aug. 24: Ripley 7 p.m.
*Aug. 31: vs. Linsly7 p.m.
Sept. 7: at Morgantown7 p.m.
Sept. 14: at Musselman7 p.m.
Sept. 21: University7 p.m.
Sept. 28: D.C. Friendship Acad.7 p.m.
Oct. 5: at Parkersburg7 p.m.
Oct. 12: Brooke7:30 p.m.
Oct. 26: Wheeling Park7 p.m.
Nov. 2: John Mashall7 p.m.
* at Bethany CollegePREDICTION
Win 8, Lose 2
Senior Jordan Quiocho (5-6, 150) is a three-year letterman who ran for more than 1,000 yards as a junior while Braxton Johnson (6-0, 175), a big-time threat as a runner and receiver, is another three-year returnee who rushed for more than 500 yards.
In all, the Patriots have seven three-year starters in the fold and seven more are two-year starters on either offense or defense.
Other backs who will get their share of carries are senior Hunter Hamilton, senior tailback Cody Hively and transfer Tyler Rouse, who had played in Tennessee. Hively will also play in the slot as Coach Bolen likes to mix his skill players up and move them around.
Senior Jordan Braniff (6-0, 160) is back at split end with classmates Logan Cox (6-3, 200) and Christian Whitlatch (6-3, 200) sharing time at tight end with Wes Mitchem (6-3, 195).
The experienced offensive line will be led by senior, three-year starters Alex Williams (6-1, 290) at center and Mack White (5-10, 210) at guard, two-year starters and juniors Gage Stephens (6-1, 235) at guard and Logan Dilliner (6-3, 215) at tackle and senior, two-year starter Jake Fieler (6-7, 305) at tackle. Junior Matt Long (6-1, 230) is also in the mix on the line.
The defense will be led upfront by Stephens, Dilliner, Williams and sophomore Tommy Hall at the tackle spots and Mitchem, Whitlatch and senior Dakota DeLong on the ends.
A strong group of linebackers will include Johnson, White and Hively while Tyler Bolen, Rouse, Cox, who has been offered a scholarship to attend Akron, and sophomore Brendan Schwendeman are the team's top defensive backs.
Senior Isaac Boles returns as a three-year veteran kicker while Tyler Bolen and Johnson will share punting chores.
Rounding out the roster are seniors Nathan Perkins, Corey Whitlatch, Kaenen Sorensen and Tracye Broadwater; juniors Joe Stilgenbauer, Dylan McGee, Blaize Sorensen, Ryan Varner, Blake Boswell, Tyler Sheppard and Brandon Perdue and sophomores Trevor Boot, DeShan Barber, Matt Clemens, Logan Ervin, Jacob Canary, Skyler Buskirk, Hunter Varndell, Nate Thompson and Chase Wimer.
''We have a tough schedule, maybe one of the toughest in the state if you ask around,'' Jon Bolen added. ''There are a lot of good teams on there and no easy games at all.
''The bottom line is that we have to come out and be ready to play every week.''
Along with opening against Ripley, South will make a Week 2 trip to Bethany College to take on Linsly, while closing the season with consecutive home contests against Brooke, Wheeling Park and John Marshall.
Assistant coaches include Rich Williams, Bill Marshall, Todd Meckley and Ben Lott.
Tyler Bolen, Isaac Boles, Jordon Braniff, Tracye Broadwater, Logan Cox, Dakota Delong, Jake FielerHunter Hamilton, Cody Hively, Braxton Johnson, Wes Mitchum, Nathan Perkins, Jordan Quiocho, Tyler Rouse, Kaenen Sorensen, Mack White, Christian Whitlatch, Corey Whitlatch, Alex Williams.
Blake Boswell, Logan Dilliner, Matt Long, Dylan McGee, Brandon Perdue, Tyler Sheppard, Cody Smith, Blaize Sorensen, Gage Stephens, Joe Stilgenbauer, Ryan Varner.
DeShan Barber, Trevor Boot, Skyler Buskirk, Jacob Canary, Matt Clemens, Logan Ervin, Tommy Hall, Jeremiah Martin, Brendon Schwendeman, Nate Thompson, Alex Townsend, Hunter Varndell, Chase Wimer.
Cody Boggs, Josh Boothe, Buddy Brabham, Devan Dowel, Gage Foutty, Garrett Gilkenson, Logan Lamp, Dylan Lemon, Stoney Nolan, Trey Piggott, James Salyers, Josh Sloane, Logan Snyder, Shawn Taylor, Darren Townsend, Garrett Walker, Luke Williams, Josh Wolfe.