Alderson Broaddus Preparing for National Stage and “I-79 Barrel Classic”

PHILIPPI, W.Va. — This Thursday, Alderson Broaddus University will have the opportunity to present itself in front of a national audience during the first annual “I-79 Barrel Classic.”

barrelA yearly football matchup will pit the AB Battlers against the Glenville State Pioneers, two foes from the past.

“This is renewing a rivalry that actually dates all the way back when Alderson Broaddus was just Broaddus Academy, and Glenville and Broaddus Academy played back in the early 1920s,” said Richard Creehan, President of AB on Wednesday’s edition of the AJR News Network’s “Mike Queen Show.” “Of course, we disbanded football during the Great Depression and just bought it back two or three years ago. We’re in our infancy of a new program.”

The first year finds AB playing host to the event and will serve as the first night game for the recently constructed athletic stadium.

“We built, I think, one of the most magnificent small college, multipurpose stadiums in the nation,” Creehan. “It’s an absolutely beautiful venue that we can’t wait to show off Thursday night.”

A driving force behind putting the game together was the collaboration from two of the areas major players in the independent oil and gas industry, Ike Morris and Mike Ross, who serve as friendly foes in the rivalry.

“This was their brainchild” Creehan said. “Ike, as everyone knows is ‘Mr. Glenville’, but we like to claim Mike Ross as ‘Mr. AB’. So, the two of these have gotten themselves into a friendly rivalry.”

AB will be put on a national stage as ESPN 3 will make the game available to stream online. The game will also be aired on tape delay on RootSports Pittsburgh.

Creehan said it was a prime time for the two teams to be showcased in prime time as the Battlers come in with a 5-1 record and the Pioneers counter with a 4-2 record.

“With the extensive coverage, we hope the people that are our there that enjoy college football will really get a treat to see how well small college football is actually played.”

The festivities begin at 4 p.m. Thursday with a free concert by the Davisson Brothers Band before the 7 p.m. kickoff for the Battlers and Pioneers.