Welcome to the Week 2 of the WV High School Football Season! These are the games that we believe are going to be the top games to watch this week.
#4 East Hardy at Frankfort (AA)
What to Know: East Hardy is a powerhouse Single A led by a outstanding receiver Brett Tharp, Frankfort is a division up and looks to show them who’s boss.
Webster County at Ravenswood
What to Know: Both schools had impressive wins to start the season and are beginning to garner votes to get inside the Single A top ten- this game matters.
Nicholas County at Shady Spring
What to Know: Shady is beginning to pull itself out of a drought lasting several seasons. After a blowout win in week one, the Tigers will host the Grizzlies of Summersville to test themselves against an always unforgiving defense.
Hedgesville at South Hagerstown, MD
What to Know: Hedgesville begins the competitive part of their schedule without star linebacker Gavin Smoot. If they want to make the playoffs, games like this need to be won. His younger brother and Jonathan Garver will be big in their victory or defeat.
Riverside at #6 Capital
What to Know: Coach Davis has his Warriors humming like we thought after a solid MSAC blowout in week one. Capital will host the Warriors coming off a tough loss to Johnson Central where Kerry Martin Jr. and Anthony Pittman performed well. This is a measuring stick to see how good Riverside really is.
Buchannon Upshur at Ripley
What to Know: Robert Evans and the Vikings are beginning to push for playoff points. Nate Tolliver and the Buccaneers are doing the exact same and are coming off a overtime win in week one. This is a key momentum game for teams looking for playoff spots.
George Washington at Paul Blazer, KY
What to Know: After a late touchdown and interception sealed their fate against South Charleston, the Patriots look for a win in Kentucky. We knew a tough schedule began their season and getting their first win will pay dividends.
#1 Mingo Central vs #9 Wayne
What to Know: We all saw Jeremy Dillon snap Point’s losing streak via hail mary. Wayne is coming off their first win against Tolsia in two seasons. Going down into Matewan is going to be a daunting task and the Miners have tons of momentum after a spectacular finish with a top team.
#7 Cabell Midland at #10 South Charleston
Tale of the Tape: MSAC competition is starting to heat up. A high-speed spread offense will take on the aggressive knights of Ona. Cabell Midland was downed by a very good Anderson team from Cincinnati. Jovaun Light and Ivan Vaughn ran for 343 yards and three touchdowns. Whereas the Black Eagles were saved late by a long run by QB Trae Murphy and an interception by DQ Watkins against a talented GW team. Can SC’s line handle Cabell Midland? That is a big question for two teams looking to gain a slew of quality points.
#8 Magnolia at #2 Williamstown
Tale of the Tape: Magnolia had a great 48-0 start to the season thanks to all-purpose Brooks Parsons. They are looking to return to the top of Single A and a matchup with #2 Williamstown is a great way to do that. The Jackets ran away from a solid Tyler Consolidated team thanks to the offense and defense of QB Carter Hayes and the running and catching of Donathan Taylor. This is a monumental game and nearby rivalry which will matter most later in the season when seeding becomes key.
#7 Point Pleasant at #8 James Monroe
Tale of the Tape: The Black Knights have no reason to come into week two with their head down. Cason Payne and his posse had the defending champs defeated until the last play. Payne was phenomenal passing and running. However, last season, James Monroe came to their house in the playoffs and shut them out. This time, it’s at the Mavs’ home. A three-headed skill machine is beginning to show its head with Connor Moore, Grant Mohler, and Monroe Mohler. This is an important AA game for both.
#4 Wheeling Park at #2 Bridgeport (AA)
Tale of the Tape: A clash of divisions and dynasties. Bridgeport showed us all in week one that they are still the Indians with a sound thumping of Lewis County. They are known for their defense led by Chapin Murphy which always gives the offensive juggernaut of Wheeling trouble. Rennie Clark and Nate Philips will most likely have to do more catching than running and Cross Wilkinson better prepare for some hard hits- this isn’t Brooke. However, Wilkinson is one of the most experienced quarterbacks in WV and he’s played this team several times. It will be a program versus a class Friday night.
#3 Spring Valley at #2 Huntington
Tale of the Tape: This is about as big as a game can get. #2 vs #3 and also a very strong rivalry. The two schools are nearby and feature some of the best talent in the state. This includes our top two players in WV: Doug Nester and Darnell Wright. Spring Valley is coming off of a first week bye which could mean a lot of built up angst. Quarterback Derek Johnson and his running and passing weapons, Owen Porter and Jacob Cassidy, are preparing to make another run towards Wheeling. However, Jadon Hayes has proven to be a fiend as he helped the Highlanders come back last week against Belfry, KY with five touchdowns. This could tell us who the real contender from the south is.
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