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Melvin Cunningham’s turnaround of Fairland football earns him Coach of the Year

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Following a historic 2021 season, Fairland Dragons head coach Melvin Cunningham is named Gridiron Glory Coach of the Year. “I think it speaks volumes about the individuals on our staff and the players that God has blessed me to coach along the way,” said Cunningham. “You know, I’m standing here accepting… Read More

Coach of the Year nominees in a collage, from left to right: T.J. Carper of Vinton County, Chris Crabtree of Waverly, Melvin Cunningham of Fairland, Tony Hurps of Berne Union, Cam West of Tri-Valley

Gridiron Glory set to honor one southeast Ohio coach as the best of 2021

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Gridiron Glory is honoring one southeast Ohio football coach as the Coach of the Year for the 2021 football season. While many teams have exceeded expectations this season, these five coaches were selected for their achievements on the Gridiron in 2021. T.J. Carper | Vinton County Vikings T.J. Carper took over… Read More

Dragons season cut short by Rough Raiders

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (WOUB) – The West Jefferson Roughriders dominated en route to a 33-8 upset over the Fairland Dragons. “We didn’t play well,” said Dragon’s head coach Melvin Cunningham following the loss. “We turned the ball over. We didn’t protect the quarterback well. I didn’t coach well.”  Problems started for Fairland early. On special teams,… Read More

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At the height of his program, Fairland head coach has his eyes on a state title

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PROCTORVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — Fairland is a serious contender for the state finals — but that wasn’t the case just a few years ago. The turning point? When the the Dragons hired head coach Melvin Cunningham. Cunningham reflects on his vision for the program shortly after taking over. “Our goal was to be a household… Read More

Fairland players with muddy jerseys lined up post-game

Fairland Survives Mud Bowl Against Portsmouth On A Failed Two-Point Conversion

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PROCTORVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — A rain soaked first half caused problems on both sides of the ball, but the Fairland Dragons weathered the storm to defeat the Portsmouth Trojans by a slim margin of 15-14. The wet field caused players to slip almost every run, and even posed some struggles when needing to change directions… Read More

Ironton Survives Another Thriller In Overtime Showdown

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IRONTON, Ohio (WOUB) – The Ironton faithful had no time to recover from the fireworks in week two. The Fighting Tigers hosted the Fairland Dragons in a conference slugfest. It was a back and forth affair with both teams trading critical blows. Extra football was needed to settle this one as both teams remained tied… Read More