WVIAC Football Coaches Pick Glenville To Repeat Title Run In ’09
Defending champion Glenville State is the choice to repeat as WVIAC football champions in 2009, but the Pioneers are expected to have plenty of company atop the league standings as six of the league’s nine squads received a first place vote in the annual coaches’ poll that was released this afternoon at West Liberty University as part of the 2009 WVIAC Football Media Day festivities.
GSC grabbed four first place votes and was followed by second place Charleston, while 2009 NCAA playoff participant Seton Hill was third. West Liberty, Shepherd, and Fairmont State hold down the fourth through sixth spots. UC, SHU, WLU, SU, and FSU each notched one nod for the top position. West Virginia State, Concord, and West Virginia Wesleyan round out the poll.
Glenville State (8-3, 7-1) must replace the nation’s leading rusher in Jerry Seymour (WVIAC record 2282 yards in ’08), but the Pioneers have plenty on hand in an attempt to defend their crown. Quarterback James McCants was ultra-efficient last season tossing a dozen touchdown passes, while only allowing four interceptions for an attack that averaged 33.9 points per game. Fleet Antwan Stewart grabbed 38 passes as a rookie, but Adam Adkins is the only returning starting offensive lineman from a unit that helped GSC establish a league record with 282.2 rush yards per game in 2008. Alan Fiddler’s Pioneers should be tough on defense. Terrell Parker (18 TFL) and Kaleb Lawrence (19 TFL) are a potent pair at linebacker, while Scott Sears (15 TFL) can disrupt offenses from his defensive end slot.
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