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Ithaca, NY

#84 Jun 7, 2010
GREENWHITE wrote:
The best player to play at Matewan was Melvin Cunningham. He was fast, graceful, intelligent, and played with passion. He was also one of the most coachable players I have coached. He was the ultimate leader on the field. A winner, A warrior. If i started a team and could take any player it would be him because he did not care who received the glory as long as Matewan received the victory.
I must agree. Melvin may have not been the best player to play at Matewan but his body of work made him the best. I am figuring in his college achievements. He was a good high school player---ok---great high school player but he did not evolve until college. I think what set him ahead of the rest was his leadership and his intelligence. As for one, I am glad he is back in the county helping kids. Hope that he and Yogi and the rest of this county can get it right and make this new school a success because if they dont get it together it will not happen because the State dont give a D--- about the county or the kids. Example the hiring of Randy K for super intendent, The states has taken over the county twice this should tell you that he cant lead I know that he was not the super intendent but he was part of the whole. This county need New Leadership. No politics..... And we all know Jada will get principal. Ok she will have the school in compliance but she is hard to work with as a community member I would not donate anything to the school. She is a micro-manager and will halt any progression that the new school needs or can make. She only feels that she has the only right answer--her and JAN---So My plea is that individuals that has some sense get it right. We dont need the most intelligent or most talented we need the right people to make this new school work. I ask that everyone drop your PRIDE this is a great opportunity. If the new school does not take advantage Tug Valley one man trash is another man TREASURE!!!!!!
Tiger4Life

Nicholasville, KY

#85 Jun 11, 2010
idk wrote:
david jones and melvin c if not who else made it thro college? with some kind of ring
I don't think success in college should factor into how you played in high school. Some of the best never played in college for one reason or another. Some were actually better in college than they were in high school, too.

As far as the greatest, I think Harley Hall has to be in the top 5. Larry Bo Blackburn hasn't been mentioned yet. He wasn't the greatest, but he was pretty darn good. Those teams from 1987-95 had tons of talent.
Agree

United States

#86 Jun 11, 2010
Tiger4Life wrote:
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I don't think success in college should factor into how you played in high school. Some of the best never played in college for one reason or another. Some were actually better in college than they were in high school, too.
As far as the greatest, I think Harley Hall has to be in the top 5. Larry Bo Blackburn hasn't been mentioned yet. He wasn't the greatest, but he was pretty darn good. Those teams from 1987-95 had tons of talent.
Yep, we've read this a few times and wondered why HARLEY HALL wasn't mentioned. Agree!!!!! Some of the best players in High School were overlooked and never played college ball.
Tiger

Ithaca, NY

#87 Jun 15, 2010
Tiger4Life wrote:
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I don't think success in college should factor into how you played in high school. Some of the best never played in college for one reason or another. Some were actually better in college than they were in high school, too.
As far as the greatest, I think Harley Hall has to be in the top 5. Larry Bo Blackburn hasn't been mentioned yet. He wasn't the greatest, but he was pretty darn good. Those teams from 1987-95 had tons of talent.
I agree that Harley Hall was great and I would say if not the trop 5 he is top 10. Larry Bo was good but at his position he would not be considered the best. But he was a good football player. Hard Nosed!!!
In my era

Ithaca, NY

#88 Jun 15, 2010
TE-Kevin Starr
TE-Jeff Taylor
T-Harley Hall
T-Hady Ford
G-Tad Moore
G-Richard Allara
G-Chris Smith
C-?
WR-Doug Kennedy
WR-Terrence Pruitt
WR-Blaine Pruitt
WR-Rodney Bentley
WR-Jacob HOlt
RB-Melvin Cunningham
RB-Ron Joplin
RB-Michael Scales
RB-Todd Hurley
RB-Rodney Joplin
QB-Steven Mahon
QB-Jeff Simpkins
In my era

Ithaca, NY

#89 Jun 15, 2010
When you do these thing you always forget people sorry Calvin Joplin and David Jones I feel that you guys are 2nd and 3rd behind Melvin
In my era

Ithaca, NY

#90 Jun 15, 2010
DB-Melvin Cunningham
DB-F D Horton
DB-Michael Scales
DB-Calvin Joplin
DB-Ricky Thornsbury
LB-Richard Allara
LB-Raymond Joplin
LB-Josh Holt
LB-Jeff Taylor
DL-Cody Gooslin
DL-Harley Hall
DL-Tad Moore
DL-Terrence Cousins
DL-Hady Ford
in my era

Ithaca, NY

#91 Jun 15, 2010
I know I have forgot people add to the list maybe we can come up with an all Matewan team fron the 80's to present.
Tiger4Life

Nicholasville, KY

#92 Jun 15, 2010
If we're going just at center I'd take Ed Croaff. Wasn't that big or strong, but could block his tail off. Smart player, too.
in my era

Ithaca, NY

#93 Jun 15, 2010
Tiger4Life wrote:
If we're going just at center I'd take Ed Croaff. Wasn't that big or strong, but could block his tail off. Smart player, too.
I have been thinking about the center position Ricky Parker maybe
Tiger4Life

Nicholasville, KY

#94 Jun 16, 2010
in my era wrote:
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I have been thinking about the center position Ricky Parker maybe
Pucker had heart and was solid, but Ed was a better center. Again - not the biggest or strongest and certainly not the greatest or even in the conversation. Just talking about at his position. Big Jeff Simpkins was a pretty good at guard, too. Very underrated.
in my era

Ithaca, NY

#95 Jun 17, 2010
Tiger4Life wrote:
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Pucker had heart and was solid, but Ed was a better center. Again - not the biggest or strongest and certainly not the greatest or even in the conversation. Just talking about at his position. Big Jeff Simpkins was a pretty good at guard, too. Very underrated.
I like Big Jeff Simpkins but he would not be considered because you have to speak of Chris Epling, Orville Ray, Sam Holt
in my era

Ithaca, NY

#96 Jun 17, 2010
I think across our line of scrimmage that center has been our weakest position because we could not mention ed, jeff, pucker, in the same breath as some of the other lineman that has played. Where would you rank Phillp McCoy.
Tiger4Life

Nicholasville, KY

#97 Jun 17, 2010
Phillip ended up being a pretty good player. But Big Jeff was underrated -- I'm telling you. Offensively I think he was better than Chris Epling and Sammy and at least on the same level as Orville. Same goes for Ed. Just my two cents.
in my era

Ithaca, NY

#98 Jun 18, 2010
I did like them both. But I dont know. Great debate. Who do you think was the best to play for YOGI and what do you think Yogi's answer would be.

I think Melvin turned out to be the best overall player. However, the best player in high school may have been Calvin Joplin. I say this but if I was going to start a team I would take Melvin because he was intelligent and knew how to lead his teams to victory and he may have been the ultimate team player and leader. he was all of this as a sophomore. I think YOGI would say Richard or Melvin. I wish Yogi was the old Yogi that you could sit down with and have a conversation what cooler talk we could have. I wish someone would set up a reunion of former Matewan player what talks it would be and this would be a great idea considering the Matewan days are numbered as a high school. A banquet honoring some Matewan greats. Yogi, Melvin, Richard, Calvin, Harley, Ron Joplin, Tony Clusky and numerous more all on one stage.
Tiger4Life

Nicholasville, KY

#99 Jun 18, 2010
Has to be Melvin. Spud was good, but has to be Melvin.

They tried to have a reunion of sorts about five years ago during a Saturday game and it was a joke. Ended up being anybody that played any sport (or was even just on a team) going onto the field. Waste of my time and everybody else's.

Would be cool, though. Maybe a top 50 of the past 25 years or something.
Tiger4Life

Nicholasville, KY

#100 Jun 18, 2010
I think you have to look at the player and the time to decide who was best. What kind of offense, who else was playing, how good was the competition, etc. As far as team, the 1989 team has a special place in my heart ...
mhs player

Peach Creek, WV

#101 Jun 19, 2010
matewan football teams that win have great teams i played i think yogi record speaks for its self but if tony c was the there they would have alot of these players playing at belfry when u talk players and football at MHS TOUGHNESS MELVIN NO HARLEY NO I KNOW I PLAYED WITH BOTH MELVIN ANKLE TURN COST US A CHAPIONSHIP LACK OF TOUGHNESS
Old Man

United States

#102 Jun 19, 2010
mhs player wrote:
matewan football teams that win have great teams i played i think yogi record speaks for its self but if tony c was the there they would have alot of these players playing at belfry when u talk players and football at MHS TOUGHNESS MELVIN NO HARLEY NO I KNOW I PLAYED WITH BOTH MELVIN ANKLE TURN COST US A CHAPIONSHIP LACK OF TOUGHNESS
You are a dumb ass.
Lost

Prestonsburg, KY

#103 Jun 20, 2010
At center I would have to say William "Pee Wee" Dotson or Luther Fields

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