Championship Weather for Title Weekend Ahead
It’s one of those rare years where 5 of our local high school football teams have their sights set on state titles as championship weekend is upon us. So this blog is devoted to the Fairview Eagles, Belfry Pirates, Wayne Pioneers, Cabell Midland Knights and Wahama White Falcons and their traveling entourages heading to Bowling Green and Wheeling.
Truth be told, I would love to see it snow and be cold at both sites. Don’t get me wrong, I do not wish fans the hardship of driving 300 miles in ice and snow. But I could not imagine a better scenario for the kids to tell their kids and grand kids 20,30,40 years from now how they “braved the elements ala the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field in Green Bay” to bring home the state title trophy.
Not to worry though if you are heading to western Kentucky or northern West Virginia with your team, the drive and weather will be more typical of October.
Let’s start in Bowling Green where Friday’s travel conditions will be fair and dry from Westwood and Belfry to BG. Some early morning fog along I-64 and I-65 will quickly burn away for the long trip to Warren County. Afternoon temperatures will start around 50 at noon and warm to 60 by late day.
Winds will be mild and gentle inside Houchens Stadium, home of the WKU Hilltoppers. Since WKU is close to the Tennessee border and within one hundred miles of the mighty Mississippi River, the air tends to be more humid there even in late fall. That adds up to a pleasant experience for fans and players alike.
Our next stop is Wheeling where the Oglebay Park Winter Lights display is one of the best in America. Pioneer and White Falcon fans took in the lights last year. Now it’s time for Cabell-Midland Knight fans to do the same.
The Friday night game at Wheeling Park on the banks of the mighty Ohio pits the Wayne Pioneers against arch rival the Keyser Golden Tornado. Chilly, dry and clear weather with temperatures falling into the 30s by the second half are on tap.
By Saturday noon, it’s time for Midland to go for its first ever school football title. Early morning temperatures in the 30s will rise quickly to near 50 by the opening whistle and into the 50s during the game. No rain but a partial cloud cover will take the edge off the warmer air.
Finally, the Wahama-Madonaa football tilt is a Saturday night affair. If there is to be a shower over this championship weekend, it would be for this game. The precise chance of rain is not determinable right now since those would-be showers do not yet exist. It may well be that showers hold off until Sunday in Wheeling. Temperatures in the cool 40s will be comfortable for all.
Here’s hoping we go 5 for 5 and bring back the hardware of 5 state titles!