Riverside at Ripley
What to Know: Riverside hung around with a top tier Capital team and Ripley is coming off two straight wins to start their season. This is a big AAA game for quality points moving forward.
Morgantown at Parkersburg South
What to Know: Both teams have suffered losses to good teams. Morgantown is returning to WV play and cannot afford any slip-ups with their upcoming games.
#5 Bluefield at Woodrow Wilson (AAA)
What to Know: Woodrow Wilson’s sole win of 2016 came in a classic 3OT at Bluefield. Both teams are improved and it should be a great matchup between Mookie Collier and the Eagles’ defense.
Tyler Consolidated at #10 Webster County
What to Know: Tyler Consolidated is working its way back in the ranks while Webster County has turned some heads especially with their 34-7 whoopin on Ravenswood. This A game could tell us a lot about both teams.
Liberty (Harrison) at Lincoln
What to Know: This one could get high-scoring in a heartbeat. Broderick Lantz and Dalton Westfall are Liberty’s dynamic duo and aren’t being slowed down; Westfall had over 300 yards rushing last week. Lincoln possesses an exceptional quarterback in Kobie Carpenter who threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns in the opener.
John Marshall (AAA) at #7 Weir
What to Know: Weir has dominated two lower quality teams to begin their season. This is in large part to rare QB-DE hybrid Tyler Komorowski. Weir impressed many last season, especially in the postseason. A win against AAA John Marshall can boost their stock tremendously.
North Marion at #3 Fairmont Senior
What to Know: North Marion is 2-0 for the first time in decades. They will travel to nearby Fairmont Senior for a hopeful upset. Fairmont Senior has quietly dominated their first two games behind big performances by WVU-bound Dante Stills. The Huskies better have a good plan for him.
Mount View (A) at Oak Hill
What to Know: Two programs that are healing from bad times have found themselves at 2-0. Elijah Collier is a talented passer for the Golden Knights and Elijah Barner is a productive two-way player. They will need plenty of defense to stop Khori Bass of Oak Hill who has amassed nearly 500 yards rushing in 5-6 quarters of play.
#2 Huntington at #10 George Washington
Tale of the Tape: The MSAC mosh pit never gets old. This week Huntington and GW are getting ready to spar. George Washington bounced back from a heartbreaking week one loss and outlasted Paul Blazer, KY. They were led mainly by JaQuan Hall on the ground. QB Grant Wells hasn’t performed as planned so far. Huntington is coming off an impressive slugfest with top ranked Spring Valley where a stalemate was blown open late by the Highlander offense.
#10 Scott at #8 Sissonville
Tale of the Tape: These two teams are looking for respect and points. At 2-0, both come in the latter part of the top ten rankings. Scott’s RB, Carson McComas, has embraced the role of big time running back and Sissonville continues their seemingly quiet picking off of teams week-by-week. This is a big game for both programs and the winner should jump up in the AA rankings.
#6 Hurricane at #5 Cabell Midland
Tale of the Tape: Hurricane went to Paintsville, KY where no team had won since 2013- and they won. Their offense is beginning to come together and their defense is as good as we thought. JT Cooper and his boys will be tested fully by Cabell Midland’s ground game led by top tier lineman and a three headed rushing attack of QB Jovaun Light, RB Ivan Vaughn, and recent breakout runner Griffin Adkins. If Hurricane wins, they ascend to Huntington level as the team to beat in the Valley.
Jefferson at #9 Musselman
Tale of the Tape: Oh god. This seems familiar. Jefferson has underperformed and Musselman has breezed by with dominating victories. The last time these rivals met was the 2016 playoffs where the 14-seed Cougars shocked the 9-1 #3 Applemen 36-0 in round one. Musselman returns their biggest players RB Jacob Northcraft and OL David Robertson and Jefferson still has two-way playmaker Scooter Gaskins. It’s a rematch. An important game moreso for Jefferson as they look to erase two bad losses to their start.
#9 Wheeling Central at #2 East Hardy
Tale of the Tape: Many of us had Wheeling Central highly ranked going into 2016. They’ve slipped down the rankings after a bad loss to an out-of-state and a BYE week. This can be very misleading. What isn’t misleading is East Hardy’s Brett Tharp who can’t be stopped. That’s no exaggeration. Right now, he is a man among boys trying to will his team for a third shot at a title (his last two losses were both state championship games). This a big time game against what we believe two top five A teams. Break out the popcorn.