C&Co. Week 10 Review

Upon the sequel to the most intense week of high school ball, we were given another handful of exciting games.  It is obvious several teams have packed up camp dropping games which shouldn’t be dropped.  Unsurprisingly, the best teams in the state have showed zero let up.  Some fantastic games were played, some hopes kept alive, and some seasons destined to be finished this upcoming week.

 

 

Here’s our take:

 

 

Gulp – The measuring stick for Martinsburg has not been in full perspective.  Out-of-state wins, questionable panhandle wins- so their matchup against top tier Musselman should give us a good idea?  It was 49-0 at halftime.  QB Tyson Bagent went 16 for 19 for 312 yards in the first half.  It would seem as if the hype is real… very real.  The same occurred in Bluefield where Mookie Collier finished their 10-0 season with 217 yards on 13 carries with a 41-6 thump of top AA James Monroe.  Finally, East Hardy manhandled a scary South Harrison team who lost both Freddy Canary and Cam Barnett (length not sure) and 110 yards receiving by Brett Tharp.

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Photo Credits: http://www.Journal-News.net

 

 

Shootout of the Week – North Marion and Robert C. Byrd are both sitting on the edge and needed a big win Friday.  1,261 total yards.  116 points.  North Marion’s Dalton Malcolmb showed up ready to go scoring quick and having 295 yards passing at the half with plenty of yardage on the ground.  North Marion looked solid in the second half, up 46-38- however, the Eagles were only getting started.  The Huskies turned over five straight possessions which Byrd capitalized on.  They’d finish 68-46 with two backs over 200 yards.  Malcolmb finished with over 400 and WR Kenneth Stahl had over 250 receiving.  This positions RCB well.

 

 

Hopes Tarnished – Several teams had a chance to keep their postseason hopes alive.  Some succeeded, most didn’t.  Chapmanville had to host the beasts of AA and defeat them.  Jeremy Dillon had completely different plans: gaining over 350 yards of offense and seven touchdowns in the 60-22 win.  Oak Hill needed to defeat powerful Midland Trail to still have a shot, but the Ferris runners were too much behind a fantastic O-Line.  Oak Hill dropped to 5-4 on the loss.  Ravenswood, now 5-4, did their best to combat Single A phenom Jaiden Smith but fell 20-10.  Their last hope remains in defeating AAA Ripley in Week 11.

 

 

Rivalry Domination Awards – The much anticipated MoHawk Ball was destined for excellence with Morgantown facing possible elimination.  University, looking for a perfect regular season, didn’t care.  Though starting slow, QB Clay Bailey systematically put together a fantastic games passing for 245 and a score- complimented by Robert Sanders with 95 on the ground.  Morgantown attempted a late rally but to no avail; they finish 4-6 losing 38-19.  Down south, Cabell Midland and Spring Valley combined scored a touchdown on the first seven possessions.  However, after some special teams miscues and big plays, Spring Valley stretched the lead to double digits.  They would hold it behind a team effort from usual stars: Malashevich, Porter, Cassidy, and Johnson.  An impressive showing- 56-28.

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Photo Credits: http://www.HeraldDispatch.com

 

 

Your Weekly MSAC Drama – Hurricane and George Washington had switched roles the last several weeks.  Hurricane riding hot, went cold against Parkesburg and Capital while George Washington won four in a row.  The two hit full force and played amazing first half defense.  3-3 at the half, the game was busted open by Curon Cordon then by Grant Wells.  Then, it was back to defensive business.  10-10, the game went to overtime, where Hurricane positioned itself for a go ahead score and win.  RB Christian Hill broke two tackles to get in giving Hurricane a much needed win.  In Parkersburg, Kaden Easterling and Tyler Moler went toe-to-toe running the ball only for big defensive plays such as an 82-yard scoop and score by Brenton Strange to keep flipping the game in the Big Reds’ favor.  Parkersburg continued their impressive streak, pulling through 44-30 to go 6-3 (Warriors now 4-6).  In Charleston, the Cougars mauled South Charleston 55-6, however, the Black Eagles (3-6) playoff hopes are not necessarily over.

 

 

AA Domination Award – Braxton County continues improving week in and week out.  In a should-be blowout against East Fairmont, they delivered.  Tayton Stout caught, threw, and ran for plenty of yards and touchdowns in a 48-7 win.  Winfield, who continues to roll, dominated a promising Scott team 66-13 with a combined seven touchdowns between Zack Bratton and Andrew Huff.  Wayne also used a QB and RB duo, Jeremiah Milum and Michael Bartrum, to destroy Logan with 360 yards alone in the first half (score finished 54-14).  At Point Pleasant’s senior night, Cason Payne faced off against a solid Westside team and finished the night with several school records (season and career) with the Black Knights ending their regular season with a 75-14 pushover.

 

Single A Upsets – Was Fayetteville losing to previously 0-8 Greenbrier West not shocking enough?  Well, Notre Dame handed Clay-Battelle a very unexpected loss.  What was a close game was put completely on ice by QB Ryan LaAsmar who delivered a long pass TD then had a pick six to seal the win 34-20.  In Weirton, the much hyped Madonna squad was blasted by Wheeling Central.  One of the state’s top rushing leaders, Donovan Kirby, was held to 91 yards while Central’s Dawson Wear piled over 200 and several scores in a abrupt 50-0 thrashing of a one-loss program.  Single A could get very interesting.

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Photo Credits: http://www.WeirtonDailyTimes.com

 

 

Close Calls – Wheeling Park was trying to slide by Parkersburg South in what was expected to be a stretch win.  It looked that way early 14-0, however, South had a two touchdown surge in the second quarter bringing it all back.  Back to back drives in the fourth, scored by Donnie Evans and Nick Yoho tied it again at 21.  Big plays on defense and a long drive put the game away late for Park, 35-21.  A late South touchdown seemed scary.  Wheeling Park avoided a big time relapse.  Liberty (Harrison) was also looking uneasy against one win Lewis County before pulling away late.

 

 

Big Time Wins – Philip Barbour was not favored to beat Lincoln but definitely needed to.  Kobie Carpenter came out launching but the Cougar offense was highly inefficient- turning the ball over five times.  The Colts capitalized and Chase Collier ran rampant.  The score slowly went up quarter by quarter.  Hunter Mason had a heck of a game on defense slowing down the electric Cougar offense.  It was enough to win 27-6.  Also, the unexpected winner in a decision game was Richwood over Summers County.  In a 28-14 surprising win, Jeremiah Johnston may have just clinched a playoff birth for his team.

 

 

Back It Up Awards – This is mainly for Single A.  Several schools impressed consistently in week ten.  Cameron thumped a should-be Bridgeport (OH) team 52-6 behind big plays of Colby Brown.  Webster County is also closing in on a 9-1 record with a solid handling of Montcalm.  Tug Valley had a closer call with Man than expected but still look great heading into the postseason.  Finally, Tyler Consolidated demolished what was 5-3 Valley (Wetzel) 51-8 and look to holster a late seed into the dance.

TylerConsolidatedSilverKnights
(5-4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREDICTIONS – WEEK 10

Week ten is here!  We have picked out our top 13 games to watch around the state.  Four of our writers (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, and Wide Writer) have picked our winners/losers alongside our followers on Twitter.  We will keep score week in and week out to see who are the real football gurus.  

 

 

 

STANDINGS

Third Writer (84)

Writer2 (82)

Followers (81)

El Writer (76)

Wide Writer (72)

 

 

 

PRELIMS

MingoCentralMiners
(8-0)

Mingo Central (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Wide Writer, Followers)

ChapmanvilleTigers
(5-3)

Chapmanville (No one)

 

 

RiversideWarriors
(4-5)

Riverside (El Writer, Wide Writer)

ParkersburgBigReds
(5-3)

Parkersburg (Writer2, Third Writer, Followers)

 

 

WheelingCentralCatholicMaroonKnights
(4-4)

Wheeling Central (Writer2, Third Writer, Followers)

WeirtonMadonnaBlueDons
(7-1)

Madonna (El Writer, Wide Writer)

 

 

NicholasCountyGrizzlies
(6-2)

Nicholas County (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Followers)

PikeviewPanthers
(7-2)

Pikeview (Wide Writer)

 

 

 

UNDERCARD

LincolnCougars
(6-2)

Lincoln (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Wide Writer, Followers)

PhilipBarbourColts
(6-2)

Philip Barbour (No one)

 

 

SummersCountyBobcats
(5-3)

Summers County (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Wide Writer, Followers)

RichwoodLumberjacks
(5-3)

Richwood (No one)

 

 

NorthMarionHuskies
(5-3)

North Marion (Wide Writer)

RobertCByrdFlyingEagles
(5-3)

Robert C. Byrd (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Followers)

 

 

MartinsburgBulldogs
(9-0)

Martinsburg (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Wide Writer, Followers)

MusselmanApplemen
(7-1)

Musselman (No one)

 

 

 

MAIN CARD

MorgantownMohigans
(4-5)

Morgantown (Third Writer, Wide Writer)

UniversityHawks
(9-0)

University (El Writer, Writer2, Followers)

 

 

HurricaneRedskins
(4-4)

Hurricane (El Writer, Third Writer, Followers)

GeorgeWashingtonPatriots
(5-3)

George Washington (Writer2, Wide Writer)

 

 

JamesMonroeMavericks
(8-1)

James Monroe (Wide Writer)

BluefieldBeavers
(9-0)

Bluefield (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Followers)

 

 

SouthHarrisonHawks
(8-0)

South Harrison (Writer2, Wide Wirter, Followers)

EastHardyCougars
(8-0)

East Hardy (El Writer, Third Writer)

 

 

 

MAIN EVENT

CabellMidlandKnights
(5-3)

Cabell Midland (Third Writer)

SpringValleyTimberwolves
(6-2)

Spring Valley (El Writer, Writer2, Wide Writer, Followers)

 

 

 

BIG GAME PLAYER PREDICTIONS

Quarterback: Grant Wells (George Washington) vs Hurricane

Runningback: Jeremiah Johnston (Richwood) vs Summers County

Wide Receiver: Drew Hatfield (Mingo Central) vs Chapmanville

Offensive Lineman: Ben Billanti (Riverside) vs Parkersburg

Defensive Lineman: Hayden Starcher (University) vs Morgantown

Linebacker: Chase Collier (Philip Barbour) vs Lincoln

Defensive Back: Quisean Gray (Capital) vs South Charleston

FIGHT CARD – WEEK 10

PRELIMS

#2 Mingo Central at Chapmanville

What to know: After a narrow Wayne defeat and a crushingly dense AA division, Chapmanville’s back is against the wall.  Their best shot at the postseason?  Defeat the reigning champs with the reigning Kennedy Award winner.  Best of luck.

 

 

Riverside at #9 Parkersburg

What to know: 4-6 might be a possible playoff record in AAA, but a lot of questions rise in Riverside’s wins.  Parkersburg, however, is coming off a surprising and dominate win over Hurricane.  Riverside will need to bring their best performance to beat the red hot Big Red.

 

 

Wheeling Central at #7 Madonna

What to know: Madonna might have suffered their first loss to out-of-state Steubenville Catholic, but they still have looked great.  Wheeling Central is sitting on the bubble and sees this a big opportunity to punch a ticket and send a message.  Miles apart, it should be interesting.

 

 

Nicholas County at Pikeview

What to know: In an important week, both Pikeview and Nicholas County rose to the task to keep rising Single A’s in their place.  With so much question in play about whether seven wins is enough, this game matters big time.  The Grizzlies will try to be the first team all year to slow down Pikeview’s dynamic duo.

 

 

 

UNDERCARD

Lincoln at Philip Barbour

What to know: Kobie Carpenter has played a terrific season thus far for the Cougars.  Philip Barbour is their last opponent before fairing with Bridgeport.  This could be a must win.  Philip Barbour also has a tough last two game stretch.  They will depend upon Chase Collier to counteract Carpenter’s offense.

 

 

Summers County at Richwood

What to know: Summers County might have secured a spot last week against Pocahontas County.  Richwood, however, is not sitting as comfortable.  Jeremiah Johnston has been phenomenal, but five wins most likely will not be enough.  Their final game is AA Nicholas County.  It might be now or never.

 

 

North Marion at #10 Robert C. Byrd 

What to know: As with many of the games this week, this could be for the whole year.  The teams that didn’t show up and play the cards at 6-4… most will not make it.  Robert C. Byrd has punched its way into the top ten with an impressive showing against former undefeated Liberty (Harrison).  North Marion dropped its third game of the year in a heartbreakingly 30-28 score to Braxton County.

 

 

#1 Martinsburg at #6 Musselman 

What to know: This should be higher considering it’s a 1 vs 6, however, we’re hesitant to put a Martinsburg game on the Main Card.  The past two weeks Martinsburg has outscored its opponents 156-13.  That’s roughly a score of 20-2 every quarter.  Tyson Bagent has an unrivaled command on offense with weapons galore.  The Applemen’s best shot would be to ride Jacob Northcraft and control the clock.  If not, it could get just as ugly.

 

 

 

MAIN CARD

Morgantown at #3 University

Tale of the Tape: THE MOHAWK BOWL.  Their records differ greatly- throw that out the window!  In rivalries like this, anything can happen.  Morgantown has proven itself to be a very legit contender when they’re peaking but also inconsistent.  University faced close calls and held onto their undefeated mark.  Morgantown might be in at 4-6, but as said 100x: don’t bank on it.  A plethora of talent will be packed into the single sided bleachers in Morgantown.  Should be a show!

 

 

Hurricane at #10 George Washington 

Tale of the Tape: Hurricane and George Washington now find themselves in completely different situations.  After a poor showing against Parkersburg, Hurricane needs a solid bounce back.  That will be a tough task against Grant Wells and the Patriots who have won four in-a-row.  The MSAC has been rather unpredictable this year, and I expect nothing different Friday night.

 

 

#5 James Monroe at #1 Bluefield 

Tale of the Tape: What a year for the Coalfield region in AA.  Three of the top five reside here, and we finally get a matchup.  It is the regular season finale for both- each is sitting steady for the postseason.  However, neither program has the personality to take a game off.  The Beavers have been stunning in 2017, blowing out AAA’s and top AA’s.  James Monroe has also been dominant with their only loss coming against Point Pleasant.  Both boast a lineup of stars.  Moore, Edwards, both Mohler’s, Collier, both Davis’s.   We should have a good one!

 

 

#1 South Harrison at #2 East Hardy

 Tale of the Tape: South Harrison will try to continue one of the most impressive Single A seasons in a long time.  After absolutely dominating St. Marys in their own house, Freddy Canary and company look to do the same at East Hardy.  East Hardy’s past two losses?  2015 State Championship and 2016 State Championship.  Brett Tharp is the star player here.  This will answer the question truly as to who is the team to beat in Single A.

 

 

 

MAIN EVENT

#5 Cabell Midland at #4 Spring Valley

Tale of the Tape: Big lines, roughneck style, hard nosed runners.  This can describe either, however, they’ve have had much different results.  Cabell Midland dominated Hurricane then had to rally just to lose to Capital.  Spring Valley got fried by Hurricane but soundly controlled Capital.  At this point, we have no idea what either team is truly about.  However, these two could be massively underestimated since they aren’t 9-1 or 10-0.  This will be a heck of test to see where each stands.  Expect a lot of hitting.

Coalfields Week 9 Review

 

Coalfields and Company had its biggest fight card of the year this weekend, and it was an awesome night for football.  The card reflected the games of importance as well as the pressure to make the playoffs. Make no doubt about it, the goal is to get to the dance.   Once you get there, it is 0-0 and everyone has the same shot to win.  The intensity is ever increasing.

 

 

Here’s our take:

 

 

 

Message Sent of the Week – will go to the South Harrison Hawks over the defending Champions St. Marys.  Freddy Canary ran over, ran around, and ran through the defending State Champs by having a 5 TD 300-yard rushing performance.  Now, can they do it again with the rest of their schedule packed with contenders.  After all, you don’t win State Titles in October.   The other message sent was by the defending State runner-up Timberwolves of Spring Valley.  Capital had their offense clicking on all cylinders but their young defense is their Achilles heel as Spring Valley just went old school.  They finished with over 400 yards on the ground.  Finally, Bridgeport shutout and shut up Keyser in a 30-0 win.  The Indians lack much hype compared to fellow top AA’s Bluefield, Mingo, and Fairmont.

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Photo Credits: http://www.TheET.com

 

 

Top Team Blowout Awards – goes to Bluefield and Oak Hill and Martinsburg and Jefferson.  In the age of running clocks, to score over 50 points is not easy as one might think.   Some coaches need to figure out how to milk the clock because if the clock is running nonstop there is numerous ways to run it out without giving the ball back.  One feat that is amazing is Mookie Collier breaking the school record for the Beavers.  Over the last 50 years, Bluefield has had great NFL ballers come through the halls (See Yabrenal Isabelle, Cortez Martin, Dwayne Woods) and to have your name above theirs’ is amazing.  Martinsburg continues to ride Tyson Bagent and skill players Shy Crawford and Grant Harman.  Order the hotel tickets for Wheeling boys.

 

 

 

Had to Win – goes to Pikeview and Mount View.  Mount View, who once was a perennial power for years in both AAA and AA, has not been to the playoffs in a decade now and needed to win to get in.  Many thought with them dropping to A they would be lighting it up.  Pikeview is the story of the year in AA in some ways. Nobody thought the Panthers would be this good this late in the year but each week they just keep rolling over opponents literally.  Evan Rose and Hunter Mitchelson have carried the Panthers to the limelight and in part, defeated Mount View and ended their dream season.  Also, Elkins will see their season end week eleven after crushingly falling by one point (44-45) to Lincoln and Kobie Carpenter.

 

 

Need a big win bad goes game of the week goes to George Washington over Riverside as the Patriots rode the arm of the newly committed Wells all night and contained a hot Warriors bunch fresh off an upset of Morgantown.  A career night by Tucker Lilly from Summers County may have helped punch their ticket to the playoffs over the Pocahontas County boys.  While the Parkersburg Big Reds got a much-needed win over the Hurricane bunch with another stellar defense performance by Parkersburg.  That also might have punched their ticket but win over their arch rival South would keep them out of Martinsburg.  Brendan Strange is slowly becoming one of the best players in the State and could possible end up on the First Team All-State Coalfields and Company awards list.

 

CabellMidlandKnights

Backs against the wall game goes to the Cabell Midland vs St. Albans game.  Cabell Midland got a much-needed win and a ton of points off St. Albans.  Cabell Midland has had trouble stopping the passing game all year and Tinsley boys can throw with the best of them.  The Red Dragons have played as well as any team in the State this year and when one of your non MSAC scheduled games is University you might be a battle tested bunch.  However, Cabell Midland would have none of it.  They simply lined up toe to toe and just steamrolled all night over a defense that was no match.  Having tow backs runs for over 100 yards with Ivan Vaughn notching 240 yards and Isiah Duncan grinding out 218 as they tagged 60 points on a contender. At 5-3 Midland has punched their ticket point wise but two big games coming could get them a home field playoff game.  Now St. Albans has their backs against the wall.

 

Quit complaining about the schedule game of the week goes to Morgantown and John Marshall.  As several teams down south keep crying over how hard their schedule is just have them call Morgantown.  Just quit crying and play the games and that is why Morgantown gets our respect week in and week out. Yes, they are not sitting at the top of AAA but they have played the best teams in three states weeks in and weeks out.  Congrats to John Marshall for the big upset and punching your ticket by beating the Mohigans, something you have not done in a very long time.  John Marshal may have one of the best players in WV nobody is talking about and it will be curious where he ranks in the Coalfield and Company All State list coming out soon.

 

Well the season is coming to end for a few next week and some will have to wait to see where they land.  Some good prognosticators will have it figured out by midnight two weeks from now (See Ed Forshey).  Others are playing for a dream season.  Others are trying to be spoilers while others are playing for some pride and hopefully will end with honor and dignity.

 

PREDICTIONS – WEEK 9

Week nine is here!  We have picked out our top 13 games to watch around the state.  Four of our writers (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, and Wide Writer) have picked our winners/losers alongside our followers on Twitter.  We will keep score week in and week out to see who are the real football gurus.

 

 

 

STANDINGS

Third Writer (74)

Followers (71)

Writer2 (69)

El Writer (65)

Wide Writer (65)

 

 

 

PRELIMS

BluefieldBeavers
(8-0)

Bluefield (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Wide Writer, Followers)

OakHillRedDevils
(5-2)

Oak Hill (No one)

 

 

PikeviewPanthers
(6-2)

Pikeview (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Wide Writer, Followers)

MountViewGoldenKnights
(4-4)

Mount View (No one)

 

 

ValleyWetzelLumberjacks
(5-2)

Valley (Wetzel) (No one)

DoddridgeCountyBulldogs
(6-2)

Doddridge County (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Wide Writer, Followers)

 

 

MidlandTrailPatriots
(8-0)

Midland Trail (El Writer, Writer2, Wide Writer, Followers)

NicholasCountyGrizzlies
(5-2)

Nicholas County (Third Writer)

 

 

 

UNDERCARD

ElkinsTigers
(3-4)

Elkins (Wide Writer)

LincolnCougars
(5-2)

Lincoln (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Followers)

 

 

CabellMidlandKnights
(4-3)

Cabell Midland (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Wide Writer, Followers)

SaintAlbansRedDragons
(4-4)

St. Albans (No one)

 

 

GeorgeWashingtonPatriots
(4-3)

George Washington (El Writer, Writer2, Followers)

RiversideWarriors
(4-4)

Riverside (Third Writer, Wide Writer)

 

 

NorthMarionHuskies
(5-2)

North Marion (El Writer, Third Writer, Wide Writer)

BraxtonCountyEagles
(5-2)

Braxton County (Writer2, Followers)

 

 

SummersCountyBobcats
(4-3)

Summers County (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Followers)

PocahontasCountyWarriors
(6-2)

Pocahontas County (Wide Writer)

 

 

 

MAIN CARD

LibertyHarrisonMountaineers
(7-0)

Liberty (Harrison) (El Writer, Third Writer, Wide Writer, Followers)

RobertCByrdFlyingEagles
(4-3)

Robert C. Byrd (Writer2)

 

 

HurricaneRedskins
(4-3)

Hurricane (Writer2, Third Writer, Wide Writer, Followers)

ParkersburgBigReds
(4-3)

Parkersburg (El Writer)

 

 

WaynePioneers
(6-1)

Wayne (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Wide Writer, Followers)

SissonvilleIndians
(5-2)

Sissonville (No one)

 

 

MorgantownMohigans
(4-4)

Morgantown (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Wide Writer, Followers)

JohnMarshallMonarchs
(6-2)

John Marshall (No one)

 

 

KeyserGoldenTornado
(5-2)

Keyser (No one)

BridgeportIndians
(7-1)

Bridgeport (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer, Wide Writer, Followers)

 

 

 

CO-MAIN EVENTS

SpringValleyTimberwolves
(5-2)

Spring Valley (Writer2, Wide Writer)

CapitalCougars
(5-2)

Capital (El Writer, Third Writer, Followers)

 

 

SouthHarrisonHawks
(7-0)

South Harrison (El Writer, Writer2, Third Writer)

StMarysBlueDevils
(6-0)

St. Marys (Wide Writer, Followers)

 

 

 

BIG GAME PLAYER PREDICTIONS

Quarterback: Tucker Lilly (Summers County) vs Pocahontas County

Runningback: Jake Bowen (Bridgeport) vs Keyser

Wide Receiver: Deshawn Harper (Capital) vs Spring Valley

Offensive Lineman: Jacob Cassidy *TE* (Spring Valley) vs Capital

Defensive Lineman: Christian Lively (Oak Hill) vs Bluefield

Linebacker: Cam Barnette (South Harrison) vs St. Marys

Defensive Back: Dereck Hess (John Marshall) vs Morgantown

FIGHT CARD – WEEK 9

PRELIMS

#1 Bluefield at Oak Hill

What to Know: The Brutal AA will require high standards to get in.  On both ends, Mookie Collier nears the historic Bluefield’s all-time scoring record while the Red Devils will need an upset to keep their playoff hopes alive.

 

 

(AA) Pikeview at Mount View

What to Know: After a great start, Mount View finds itself at .500 with two weeks left.  Their best hope?  AA Pikeview who has two rushers over 1k yards.  It’s going to be an uphill battle but an important game.

 

 

Valley (Wetzel) at #7 Doddridge County

What to Know: Doddridge has won five straight game.  Valley (W) has found itself also in a recent run of success.  This could be end up being a must-win for Valley, which will be a dutiful task.

 

 

(A) #4 Midland Trail at Nicholas County

What to Know: One week after sending a message to the Single A field, they will get a chance to do it to AA as well.  Behind two Ferris runners, Nicholas County will have their hands full while working towards the postseason themselves.

 

 

 

UNDERCARD

Elkins at Lincoln

What to Know: The pot of North-Central AA’s fighting for a bid is heating up.  Kobie Carpenter puts up better numbers every game for the Cougars, and he will need to do it once again.  Elkins believes they have a longshot that includes knocking off Lincoln this week.

 

 

#6 Cabell Midland at St. Albans

What to Know: Both teams dominated their MSAC opponent last week.  Cabell Midland’s rushing duo is now a trio with Isaiah Duncan comprising a star role.  St. Albans, with a big win needed, has given top teams hard games.  Can the freshman QB create some more magic?

 

 

#10 George Washington at Riverside

What to Know: Grant Wells has started to steamroll and will have a solid test Friday night.  Riverside is riding a big upset in OT and flying high with their big season still alive.  The winner walks out in tremendous shape, the loser will grow nervous.

 

 

North Marion at Braxton County

What to Know: Once again, a game changing matchup on both sides.  North Marion has one of their best teams in awhile with losses only to #3 and #4.  Braxton County bounced back from a slow start and possess one of the most cohesive QB-WR duos.  The loser could be sitting in hot water.

 

 

Summers County at Pocahontas County

What to Know: Summers County climbs the poll every week.  Pocahontas County has two tough games to finish up, six wins might be too few.  Summers County feels the pressure behind the arm of Tucker Lilly, will the Warriors answer the call?

 

 

 

MAIN CARD

#6 Liberty (H) at Robert C. Byrd

Tale of the Tape: Robert C. Byrd doesn’t have much room for error.  As they have found their identity with the running of Tre Junkins, they have improved week to week.  Meanwhile, Liberty (H) has toppled everyone behind two dynamic runners.  If the Mountaineers let their guard down, it might be too late.

 

 

#9 Hurricane at Parkersburg

Tale of the Tape: Both Hurricane and Parkersburg are in solid shape.  Sitting at 4-3, one more win should have them safe.  Hurricane is a dynamic team that has shown up and their losses came from top teams where they only played well three out of four quarters.  Parkersburg has given good teams fits and beat several surprising opponents.  Kam Mace has a gunslinger mentality.  Perhaps, the biggest threat to a good Hurricane defense.

 

 

#7 Wayne at Sissonville

Tale of the Tape: Sissonville has slid down the board with two whoopins by Mingo Central and Winfield.  Teams that Wayne barely lost to or beat themselves.  Sissonville might not want to test 7-3 as a given in this year’s field.  Wayne is a traditional Pioneer team that controls games, runs it down your throat, and makes few errors.  Sissonville hopefully feels the pressure and can defend their home turf Friday night.

 

 

Morgantown at #8 John Marshall

Tale of the Tape: A rollercoaster year for both.  Morgantown finally was sitting happy and dropped an OT loss to Riverside.  John Marshall started slow and now sits with only two losses and two games left.  Morgantown will face undefeated University to finish the year- this game might just be a must win.  Logan Holgorsen is settled back down into the QB1 role and Ty Konchesky is the man relied upon for running.  The Mohigan defense will be tasked with defending underdog Kennedy candidate (in some people’s books) Dereck Hess.  It will be an interesting and important game.

 

 

#9 Keyser at #4 Bridgeport

Tale of the Tape: Keyser has not yet lost to a West Virginia team.  Brady Ours has played his tail off and the Golden Tornado isn’t in terrible shape.  They will have a big test this week going into Bridgeport looking for a win.  The Indians, who haven’t skipped a beat, are a little banged up but still have Jake Bowen- a player that affects the game deeply on offense and defense.  Neither have common opponents so it will be a great illustration of where both stand and how the areas compare.

 

 

 

CO-MAIN EVENTS

#5 Spring Valley at #3 Capital

Tale of the Tape: Both are sitting happy ready for the postseason, however, a high seeding can really make or break a run.  This game matters.  Spring Valley has not handled downfield offenses well in 2017.  They best have their act together when Kerry Martin Jr. steps out with his deep group of receivers including deep threat specialist Anthony Pittman.  The Cougars have proven to be able to play smashmouth ball too.  However, this Timberwolf line is star-studded and large.  They’ll also be tasked with taking down large runner Owen Porter and quick QB Derek Johnson.  This should be a good one.

 

 

#3 South Harrison at #1 St. Marys

Tale of the Tape: Finally!  With so few top Single A’s scheduled to play, we finally have a good one.  South Harrison has lived up to the hype behind speed demon Freddy Canary and pounder Cam Barnette.  They’ve dominated everyone including Sherman and Steubenville Catholic.  St. Marys, too, has manhandled every foe.  Jaiden Smith has his eyes set on repeating.  This matchup will determine whether the race for Single A is narrow, St. Marys looks to go unchallenged, or perhaps, there is a new big dog in town.

Hot Seat Report (Playoff Picture)

It is now that time of year with only three weeks of the season left to begin the playoff discussions.  The Road to Wheeling for some teams starts now.  Let’s be real, you train 3/4 a year for a couple of games.  It’s what makes football incredibly captivating- every game counts.  This is a characteristic on every level whereas other sports can be more forgiving.

 

Our report has not been analyzed by Harvard’s mathematicians so we could be slightly wrong on the narrowest of possibilities.  It’s not too technical.  Points are mentioned but the math is not.  Teams that are IN, well, are in.  Teams that are PROBABLE have a very straight path in.  Teams that on the BUBBLE must battle to get in and some need help.  LONGSHOTS are possible but would require either massive upsets or a chain reaction of events.

 

 

*Teams ordered by our ranking- not by ratings or probability of getting in*

 

 

AAA

IN

#1 Martinsburg (8-0)

#2 Huntington (7-0)

#3 Capital (5-2)

#4 University (8-0)

#7 Musselman (6-1)

#8 John Marshall (6-2)   

(6/16)

 

PROBABLE

#5 Spring Valley (5-2) Lacking quality points, one more win will be safe.  They have Capital and Cabell Midland before a pud Greenbrier East team.

#6 Cabell Midland (4-3) Hurricane and Parkersburg give many points.  Huntington and Spring Valley still left.  5-5 could probably get them in, possibly even 4-6.

#9 Hurricane (4-3) Big Spring Valley win and three favored games remaining (not easy ones though).

Morgantown (4-4) The Riverside loss creates a lot more stress.  However, they will be offered plenty more quality points with John Marshall.  Taking down University would be icing on the cake.

Hedgesville (5-3) Two winnable games left with one probably being enough.  They need a bounce back to make it back-to-back.

Spring Mills (4-3) Two out-of-states and Hedgesville remain.  One might get them in, all three would be best.

12/16

 

BUBBLE

#10 George Washington (4-3) A huge lack of quality points and two unfavored games left (Hurricane/Capital) plus a tough Riverside team.  5-5 might not cut it.

Parkersburg (4-3) They’ll probably beat South (though don’t count on rivalries).  Picking off either Hurricane or Riverside could have them in great shape.  Again, winning all three launches their stock.

Riverside (4-4) Playing two of the teams above, they do have a shot.  Picking off one could possibly be enough, but doubtful.  Time for some more Mark Scites magic.

Wheeling Park (3-4) Some dropped games has everyone doubting, but they have two winnable games and then a rivalry with John Marshall- who hasn’t played the schedule they have.

16/16

 

 

LONGSHOT

St. Albans (4-4) After a great game with University and beating South Charleston, they remain Hurricane and Cabell Midland.  Two stud of teams.  If they upset one, they could make it.

Buckhannon-Upshur (3-4) The Buccaneers could make things VERY interesting.  They have three favored games left.  However, their 6-4 record would lack serious quality points.

South Charleston (3-4) Definitely possible but would require two insane upsets of Huntington and Capital plus an up-in-the-air Woodrow Wilson game.  Definition of longshot.

 

 

AA

IN

#1 Bluefield (8-0)

#2 Mingo Central (7-0)

#3 Fairmont Senior (7-0)

#4 Bridgeport (7-1)

#5 James Monroe (7-1)

#6 Liberty (H) (7-0)

(6/16)

 

PROBABLE

#7 Wayne (6-1) Plenty of quality points under their belt and three favored (though one tough Sissonville) matchups left.

#8 Point Pleasant (6-2) Also, good in quality wins alongside two very winnable final games.  They are in great shape.

#9 Keyser (5-2) A win this week against tough Bridgeport will most likely do the trick but in the large AA, winning their two other favored games is best.

#10 Winfield (5-2) Doing well on quality points with two favored games before Mingo Central, Winfield is in good shape.

(10/16)

 

BUBBLE

North Marion (5-2) Plagued with few quality points, they will need to beat three incredibly tough teams (Braxton, Grafton, RCB) with potentially all three needed to get in.

Robert C. Byrd (4-3) They remain #6 Liberty (H), Philip Barbour, and North Marion.  That is a bundle of opportunity right there.  Losing one will probably boot them, but even with one more loss, they could potentially get in at 6-4 depending on their win.

Sissonville (5-2) With a stellar Wayne and tough Braxton County left (one favored game), it’s going to be close.  Lose both, you’re out.  Lose one, you still might be out.

Lincoln (5-2) They have some good wins including a AAA dub.  A good amount of points and potential points with Elkins and Philip Barbour- they are fighting still too.  This is before facing Bridgeport.

Weir (5-3) Beating AAA John Marshall was a season-saver.  They have one out-of-state and one AAA Brooke team to beat.  It seems like they have good odds.

Braxton County (5-2) They have good wins and a bunch of points possible with Sissonville and North Marion, both good teams with East Fairmont in between.  It won’t be easy, but they control their own destiny.

Nicholas County (5-2) Westside provides a good amount of points.  Two single A’s remain, both being worthy opponents (Midland Trail and Richwood) with a fierce Pikeview team as well.  They will most likely need all three wins.

Pikeview (6-2) Single A wins hurt their points, that is also with Mount View left.  Beating them and then losing to Nicholas County will not be enough most likely.

Philip Barbour (5-2) They fall in the same boat as many.  With so many Single A’s on their record, they will need to go 8-2 to get in.  This will require beating Lincoln and Robert C. Byrd.

Clay County (5-2) Unimpressive wins will require them to win all three remaining games against a decent Shady Spring, lowly A Calhoun County, and bubble A Webster County.  Could be the most unworthy 8-2 team in years.

(20/16)

 

LONGSHOT

Chapmanville (4-3) In a league where six wins won’t be enough especially with the Tigers scrap wins, it would take a Mingo Central upset and then some to get in.

Oak Hill (5-2) Holding so few big wins, Oak Hill would need to upset #1 Bluefield, upset #4 Single A Midland Trail, and take down a hard Westside team.  The run most likely ends this week.

Elkins (3-4) By our math, 6-4 would be crazy to get in.  However, they could get a slew of points from Lincoln, Grafton, and AAA Buckhannon-Upshur.  Long shot for sure.

Westside (4-3) Even with a Point Pleasant upset and defeating yet another Single A and Oak Hill probably won’t be enough to beat out other 7-3 teams or even some 6-4’s.

 

 

 A

  IN

#1 St. Marys (6-0)

#2 East Hardy (8-0)

#3 South Harrison (7-0)

#4 Midland Trail (8-0)

#5 Madonna (7-0)

(5/16)

 

PROBABLE

#6 Cameron (6-1) Clay-Battelle gives good points, and they have three very favored games left.  Looking solid.

#7 Doddridge (6-2) Valley (W) will give them a tough test but a good reward, then they face lowly Parkersburg Catholic.  Good shape.

#8 Tug Valley (6-1) Only needing one more to be secure, they have an out-of-state, one-win Man, and lowly AA Lincoln County.

#9 Fayetteville (5-2) Losing a rivalry game hurts, but they can mend their wounds with bottomfeeders Buffalo and Greenbrier West.  This should be enough but a win over up-and-coming Summers County will seal the deal.

#10 Webster County (6-1) Three very unchallenging games are left, and they already have some quality wins.  Their loss to Summers County looks better every week.  They have a great chance of getting in and perhaps a home field.

Sherman (5-2) Though lacking quality wins, they have three “easy” games left.  They can easily go 8-2 if they do not slip up.  7-3 or 6-4 gets into risky territory.

(11/16)

 

BUBBLE

Clay-Battelle (5-1) 6-4 is not a given this season.  They’ll need to get an out-of-state, beat a solid Notre Dame, and then take down Madonna.  They have a good shot but little room for error.

Summers County (4-3) They have their hands absolutely full.  Battling other bubble teams, they must defeat Pocahontas County, Richwood, and Fayetteville.  Perhaps 2/3 gets them in, but it’s not a given.

Pocahontas County (6-2) They are on the bubble because Summers County might be legit and AA Shady Spring is a worthy team.  A lack of big wins could keep them out at 6-4.

Richwood (4-3) Two decent wins will set them up with an important four quarters with Summers County, a bottom Valley (Fayette) team, and then AA Nicholas County.  It’s possible but will not be easy.

Valley (Wetzel) (5-2) Knocking off both Doddridge County and Tyler Consolidated are not easy tasks.  Paden City is a favorable win.  They control their fate.

(16/16)

 

LONGSHOT

Wheeling Central (3-4) With a dastardly schedule, they need to win all three to have a chance at 6-4.  They’ll need to go out-of-state, beat undefeated Madonna, then AA Oak Glen.  We think they’re a good team, and this might not be that much of a long shot.

Williamstown (4-4) Worse enough, Williamstown is a solid team with little control of its future.  Two games remain with no quality points to be grabbed.  It seems as if fate is out of their hands.

Tyler Consolidated (4-3) Lacking crucial wins, they might need to go 3-0 to finish the year.  Two of the games are very winnable but the final will be against #2 St. Marys.  Best of luck.

Mount View (4-4) Their season will be decided this week against Pikeview.  It is the team to offer them a chance of getting in at 6-4, however, the odds are not with them.  Meadow Bridge will give little Week 10.

Ravenswood (4-3) With only four wins, they still must face #2 St. Marys and AAA Ripley.  It most likely will be a 5-5 season, but hey, miracles can happen.

Wirt County (3-4) With a losing record, they could get to 6-4 behind two big wins against Williamstown and Sherman.  They are not favored, however, it is still possible yet a definite longshot.

 

 

As you can see, it’s very blurry right now.  A lot of teams clawing for a few spots.  Luckily, many of them play each other and the outright winners will get in.  The playoffs begin now.  This isn’t to say the top teams get to coast out because it can very difficult to rev the engines back up after laying off the gas.  We can’t wait to see how it all plays out.