HARRISON’S WEEK: Ripley’s Kade Harrison was the lone county player picked for this year’s WCHS-TV/FOX 11 North-South Football Classic. The athletic Harrison was one of several talented skill players on the South team that captured a 46-26 win Saturday night at Charleston’s UC Stadium.
Harrison, a Class AAA First Team All-State wide receiver for the Vikings, was hopeful of snagging some passes on Saturday night in the annual all-star clash at University of Charleston Stadium.
Only one of the winning South’s 22 passes was fired Harrison’s way Saturday night and it wasn’t a good throw.
While he didn’t have the kind of game he had hoped for from a statistical standpoint, Harrison had a week to remember as part of the N-S Classic.
“It was a good week. I met a lot of new people and made a lot of new friends,” said Harrison.
One of those new friends was Wahama’s Kane Roush. The future UC football player was named the South’s MVP Saturday evening.
It was Harrison who gave him a ride from Institute to UC Stadium.
“He was funny and a lot of fun,” said Harrison. “He was fired up on our way to the game.”
The two teams stayed and worked out on the West Virginia State University campus starting last Sunday.
“They had us doing a lot of fun things in the evening.”
Two nights the all-stars were treated to movie at Charleston’s Park Place Cinemas. Another evening found the football players bowling at Towne-N-Country Lanes in Nitro. They also had a cookout and swimming party at the Nitro City Pool.
The week of evening activities ended Friday night when they took in the North-South All-Star Basketball Classic at the South Charleston Community Center.
Harrison said the week has him thinking seriously about giving football a try at the next level.

KING I: Former Ripley Viking standout Adam King was at the game Saturday night. King, who represented Ripley as a North player in the 1999 Classic, was on hand to see some of his Bridgeport players compete. King is an assistant coach for the Indians under Josh Nicewarner.
In addition to watching his players –Anthony Bonamico, A.C. Caldera and Tyler Morgan compete – King watched Nicewarner be honored at halftime as the Football Coach of the Year by the West Virginia Coaches Association.
Bridgeport defeated Wayne in the Class AA state title game this past season.
KING II: Ripley High graduate Ali King was one of the cheerleaders in Saturday night’s game. King plans to attend WVU-P.

LOUGH DOWN: Ripley High School athletic director and athletic trainer Steve Lough again served as the North Bears trainer for this year’s game.
This marked Lough’s eighth consecutive N-S Classic.
Lough, a 1988 graduate of Grafton High School, was the 2012 West Virginia Athletic Trainers Trainer of the Year. In 2014, he helped lead Ripley High School to Safe Sport School First Team honors by the National Athletic Trainers Association.

PERFECT MORRIS: Former Ravenswood High School three-sport star Gene Morris is now 2-0 as a coach in the N-S Football Classic.
Morris was the South’s offensive coordinator this year.
The head football coach at Nicholas County High School since 1999, Morris helped orchestrate the South’s dominating win.
Morris’ other win in the N-S Classic came in 1998 when he assisted then Nicholas County head coach Bill Dobbins. The South won that year 26-0.
The 1981 Ravenswood High School graduate excelled in football, wrestling and baseball as a Red Devil. Morris won the Class AA-A 155-pound state wrestling title in ’81.