Woodrow Wilson at South Charleston
What to Know: Amazingly, at 3-6, South Charleston’s playoff hopes are not vanquished. Needing several things to happen, the Black Eagles must win first to slide into the final seed of the AAA playoff. Woodrow Wilson played Hurricane and Cabell Midland tough but are coming off two hard losses to Capital and Huntington.
Tyler Consolidated at #4 St. Marys
What to Know: Tyler is sitting outside the sixteen in Singe A currently. That could quickly change if they were to upset one-loss St. Marys. That won’t be an easy task. They’ve looked much like the champions of 2016 aside from a reckoning by South Harrison. Tyler has played some high quality ball as of recent, and this is very much a game.
#8 Parkersburg at Parkersburg South
What to Know: 3-6 Parkersburg South is also alive. Requiring others to lose, they too must win like South Charleston. However, their win will need to come against a red hot Parkersburg team who is succeeding passing, rushing, and on defense. South did play Wheeling Park close last week, a team Parkersburg had to come back to win against. Insert the in-town rivalry and who knows what could happen.
Braxton County at Sissonville
What to Know: Sissonville was standing strong the first half of the season and everything seemed to fall apart after Mingo Central dropped dozens of points on them. The race for AA is fuzzy, but Sissonville has a great opportunity against Braxton County. After losing early, the Eagles have flourished. A steady QB, a reliable wide receiver, and a two-way brute. 8-2 would seat them well, and Will Hackney will have his hands full.
St. Albans at #10 Hurricane
What to Know: St. Albans is the spotlight AAA bubble team going into Week 11. Would not have predicted that in the preseason. They win? They’re in. They lose? Refer to South Charleston and Parkersburg South. Hurricane is still a supremely talented team that has gone cold in the final stretch of the regular season, however, a big OT win last week might rev them back to their old selves. All eyes on you.
Summers County at Fayetteville
What to Know: Both of these Coalfield Single A’s have had rollercoaster years. Summers County started slow and built around QB Tucker Lilly for several upsets only to drop to Richwood last week. As far as we know, they’re in as well as Fayetteville. The Pirates dropped understood games to AA Pikeview and Midland Trail but then gave Greenbrier West their first W of 2017. Can they get it together for a better playoff placement?
Wheeling Park at #6 John Marshall
What to Know: Perhaps one of the most interesting games. John Marshall is surrounded with mystery. Though beating Morgantown steadily and standing 7-2, many still doubt their legitimacy. They will get one last regular season chance to shutdown Cross Wilkinson and their crosstown rivals. Dereck Hess is the guy here for John Marshall and will looked to be covered by a skillful Park defense including Nate Phillips, Donnie Evans, and Jermain Snodgrass.
Lincoln at #4 Bridgeport
What to Know: Lincoln’s surprisingly weak loss to Philip Barbour makes their finale against Bridgeport much more frightening. The Indians were one big punt and pass from being here undefeated. Jake Bowen has proven to be an elite offensive and defensive weapon. The Cougars will rely on the prolific Kobie Carpenter to make some magic happen and shock the state.
(A) Richwood at Nicholas County
What to Know: Richwood has honestly came out of nowhere. Jeremiah Johnston has put up video game numbers the latter five games. Also, Wil Bragg and Hunter Amick have rounded their skills up for some quality wins. They will need to step up against AA Nicholas County, a team that has stepped up to the plate after many questioned their early wins. Nothing stands out about the Grizzlies which could be scary. A very sound team.
#10 Robert C. Byrd at Philip Barbour
Tale of the Tape: Two of the hottest teams in AA will butt heads to finish up. Six weeks ago, we doubt many would predict their current position. Robert C. Byrd’s ferocious offense that dropped 68 points against North Marion will face off against emerging stars Hunter Mason and Chase Collier. Both have secured a spot (we believe) and a win for either could be the difference in a favorable first round matchup.
#5 Capital at George Washington
Tale of the Tape: George Washington has an opportunity to end up 6-4 alongside Capital. Not many expected that. The Patriots are mimicking their 2016 season by catching on late. Last year, they did indeed beat Capital. This Cougar team is quite different though. Kerry Martin Jr. is arguably the most dynamic QB in the state and has a great supporting staff. GW also has a D1-Bound QB. No one can deny the firepower and stars but holes are scattered on all three sides.
#3 (A) South Harrison at #9 Liberty (Harrison)
Tale of the Tape: Coming off their first loss and a season ending injury to big time player Cam Barnette, the Hawks limp into the finale of their brutal second half skid. They still possess the fastest player in the state, Freddy Canary, and it will needed to take out Liberty. Liberty, also with one loss, will use their dynamic duo backfield to keep the Single A phenoms in their place. An interesting outing.
#7 Cabell Midland at #2 Huntington
Tale of the Tape: Cabell Midland could finish 5-5 and be a top team in the state. Huntington hasn’t been challenged in several weeks and are riding their streak with dominance. A great line, deep skillset, and smart coaches will look to handle the Scarlet Knights hellacious ground game. The Knights are up to full health mostly, and it is very possible for a Week 11 upset to send them into the postseason.
#2 Mingo Central at #8 Winfield
Tale of the Tape: Well, well, well. Two of our anticipated Week One teams are meeting in Week Eleven for an electric battle of top AA’s. Mingo Central has almost flown under the radar even though they’ve yet to lose, and Jeremy Dillon is still putting up video game numbers. Josh Reed has risen to be an all-state talent to assist Drew Hatfield and Dawson Elia. The Miners would like to finish 10-0 and the Generals would very much enjoy a higher seed. Andrew Huff is good in the air and on the ground with an arsenal of backs. Should be exciting!