Week Nine Fight Card

WRITER’S STANDINGS

(Out of 103)

73 – Writer Out of Ink
73 – Shotgun Writer
72 – Writer2
70 – Third Writer
67 – El Writer
67 – Wide Writer

 

PRELIMINARIES

St. Marys at South Harrison

Both of these former powers have fallen on harder times within Single A.  Both lost generational talent that won’t be replaced for some time.  Nothing could quite help the morale of a down year like another win since neither team plays a necessarily easy schedule.  South Harrison has had tougher losses such as giving Moorefield their first victory in years.  St. Marys’ two victories have come by way of Wirt County and Calhoun County.  This could be a much needed win for both.

El Writer (South Harrison)
Writer2 (St. Marys)
Third Writer (St. Marys)
Wide Writer (South Harrison)
Shotgun Writer (South Harrison)
Writer OOI (South Harrison)

C&C Prediction: South Harrison (20) St. Marys (13)

 

 

Pocahontas County at Summers County

Both Pocahontas County and Summers County started the years with a lot of question whether they could replace very good senior classes.  After slow starts, both find themselves at 4-3 with a chance for the playoffs.  The Bobcats’ losses came by way of PikeView, Shady Spring, and Mount View.  The Warriors, on the other hand, have lost to Pendleton County and Tucker County as well as an out-of-stater.  Neither team has lost to a non-playoff contender.  This one matters.

El Writer (Summers County)
Writer2 (Summers County)
Third Writer (Pocahontas County)
Wide Writer (Pocahontas County)
Shotgun Writer (Summers County)
Writer OOI (Summers County)

C&C Prediction: Summers County (32) Pocahontas County (16)

 

 

#8 Parkersburg South at Greenbrier East

Greenbrier East is coming off a hard two-point loss to Ripley.  In this game, they had several Spartans amass 100 yards rushing including Colby Piner and Jaylon Battaille.  Parkersburg South had one of their biggest statements of the season beating Morgantown handedly behind Brayden Mooney and Nick Yoho.  With the amount of wins they collected so far, they are positioned well for the playoffs, but a win here could be the difference between a 9th seed and a 15th seed.

El Writer (Parkersburg South)
Writer2 (Parkersburg South)
Third Writer (Parkersburg South)
Wide Writer (Parkersburg South)
Shotgun Writer (Parkersburg South)
Writer OOI (Parkersburg South)

C&C Prediction: Parkersburg South (45) Greenbrier East (14)

 

 

 

#1 Fairmont Senior at Grafton

Fairmont Senior has surpassed every expectation.  Easily being the most dominant regular season force in AA, Connor Neal and Co. have rarely been challenged.  The Polar Bears are also beginning to return a lot of players from the IR.  This is not the greatest of news for Grafton.  However, the Bearcats have only lost one game- a surprising 28-point loss to Oak Glen.  Caleb Bish has been their leader on both sides and will need to have an amazing game for them to stand any chance.

El Writer (Fairmont Senior)
Writer2 (Fairmont Senior)
Third Writer (Fairmont Senior)
Wide Writer (Fairmont Senior)
Shotgun Writer (Fairmont Senior)
Writer OOI (Fairmont Senior)

C&C Prediction: Fairmont Senior (59) Grafton (14)

 

 

UNDERCARD

South Charleston at #10 Hurricane

South Charleston has won back-to-back games after beginning 0-5.  With a very high offensive potential, the Black Eagles seem to be able to play with anyone if everything is going right.  Hurricane has had an up-and-down year with big wins and close losses.  Last week they were not ready for a red hot Parkersburg team and lost their fifth game of the season.   Luckily, in AAA, five losses doesn’t mean much especially with their wins.  They will lean on all-stater Christian Hill on offense and their capable defense.

El Writer (Hurricane)
Writer2 (Hurricane)
Third Writer (Hurricane)
Wide Writer (Hurricane)
Shotgun Writer (Hurricane)
Writer OOI (Hurricane)

C&C Prediction: Hurricane (28) South Charleston (20)

 

 

Tyler Consolidated at #10 Magnolia

Tyler Consolidated and Magnolia might be two of the most mysterious teams in the land of Single A.  No one can doubt the explosive ability of Mark Rucker and Griffin Phillips, which gave #2 Doddridge County all they could handle.  Magnolia has proven to worthy of a top spot despite losses to Williamstown and two Ohio-based programs.  The difference will be that Magnolia’s final game is against Wheeling Central while Tyler Consolidated will have two probable wins.  The Blue Eagles need this one.

El Writer (Magnolia)
Writer2 (Magnolia)
Third Writer (Magnolia)
Wide Writer (Magnolia)
Shotgun Writer (Magnolia)
Writer OOI (Magnolia)

C&C Prediction: Magnolia (24) Tyler Consolidated (17)

 

 

Robert C. Byrd at Liberty (Harrison)

Liberty has had an interesting year.  One week they hold their own with Bridgeport and the next their losing to Philip Barbour and getting blownout by Grafton.  Regardless, they are sitting at 4-3 with control of their destiny.  They will take on an impressive Robert C. Byrd team led by Ghovan Davidson who has only fallen to Fairmont Senior and Bridgeport.  With a win here, the Eagles will move to six on the year with a bulk of quality points.  The Mountaineers matchup with Lewis County will not be easy either so this win would be incredibly important.

El Writer (Robert C. Byrd)
Writer2 (Robert C. Byrd)
Third Writer (Robert C. Byrd)
Wide Writer (Robert C. Byrd)
Shotgun Writer (Robert C. Byrd)
Writer OOI (Robert C. Byrd)

C&C Prediction: Robert C. Byrd (42) Liberty (7)

 

 

John Marshall at Morgantown

Due to injuries and mishaps, the Mohigans are coming off back-to-back awful performances.  With harsh losses to Wheeling Park and Parkersburg South, the Mohigans find themselves going against 5-2 John Marshall with a dominant run game and their final battle against University.  Six losses is plausible playoff spot.  Seven?  No way.  They need to win this one big time or the pressure will be immense.

El Writer (John Marshall)
Writer2 (Morgantown)
Third Writer (Morgantown)
Wide Writer (John Marshall)
Shotgun Writer (Morgantown)
Writer OOI (Morgantown)

C&C Prediction: Morgantown (24) John Marshall (21) OT

 

 

MAIN CARD

Oak Hill at #3 Bluefield

Bluefield lost for the first time in 20 games last week to Lord Botetourt (VA).  A solid program indeed, the usual powerful line of the Beavers mixed with a stable of backs and experienced QB Chandler Cooper- they were not able to get more than three-points.  Oak Hill has been tearing up the Coalfields region behind a tough line, QB Khori Bass, and breakout RB/WR Abe Farrow.  Their sole loss to Nicholas County is their only blemish.  They most likely have not seen the caliber of team as the Beavers this year.

El Writer (Bluefield)
Writer2 (Bluefield)
Third Writer (Bluefield)
Wide Writer (Bluefield)
Shotgun Writer (Bluefield)
Writer OOI (Bluefield)

C&C Prediction: Bluefield (42) Oak Hill (21)

 

 

Sissonville at #8 Wayne

The tables have slowly turned on Sissonville and Wayne.  The Indians red hot start behind Kennedy Candidate Will Hackney and his favorite man Mayson Miller has been quickly off-set with losses to Mingo Central, Poca, and now Winfield.  Wayne has beat them twice last year and after five consecutive victories from an 0-2 start- come into this game with a head of steam.  Sissonville gaining a fourth loss would not be great for their playoff chances.

El Writer (Wayne)
Writer2 (Sissonville)
Third Writer (Wayne)
Wide Writer (Wayne)
Shotgun Writer (Wayne)
Writer OOI (Wayne)

C&C Prediction: Wayne (38) Sissonville (32)

 

#9 Parkersburg Catholic at #3 Williamstown

It is time to see what the Crusaders are all really about.  Behind Ty Sturm and Jeb Boice, Parkersburg Catholic has done a complete 180- now sitting at 8-0.  The Yellowjackets, possibly without Donathan Taylor again, are riding a seven-game winstreak and seem to be in the driver’s seat as one of the top contenders to Wheeling Central.  This game right here will let the state know where the Crusaders stand among the top dogs.

El Writer (Williamstown)
Writer2 (Williamstown)
Third Writer (Williamstown)
Wide Writer (Williamstown)
Shotgun Writer (Williamstown)
Writer OOI (Williamstown)

C&C Prediction: Williamstown (42) Parkersburg Catholic (10)

 

 

#5 Huntington at #7 Cabell Midland

Early on in the season this matchup might not have seemed as enticing but now, it seems to much more competitive than prior thought.  Cabell Midland has slowly went back to their ground and pound ways which had the Vaughn brothers run all of the place last week.  Huntington played inspired ball late against Capital last week but for the most part was outplayed.  Cabell Midland pulling off this win in Ona could launch their seeding through the roof instead of have them settling near 5-5.

El Writer (Huntington)
Writer2 (Huntington)
Third Writer (Huntington)
Wide Writer (Huntington)
Shotgun Writer (Huntington)
Writer OOI (Cabell Midland)

C&C Prediction: Huntington (21) Cabell Midland (13)

 

 

MAIN EVENT

#4 Midland Trail at Fayetteville

The final installment in one of the best rivalries in West Virginia football.  With Fayetteville closing soon, Jordan Dempsey and the Pirates take on Midland Trail in the Battle of the Bridge one last time.  The Pirates have played great football with their only losses being to Wheeling Central and Sherman.  The Patriots are undefeated and seem to be as good as last year with Austin Isaacs being an efficient QB while their Great of Hico has not been taken advantage of yet this season.  It should be a good one.

El Writer (Midland Trail)
Writer2 (Fayetteville)
Third Writer (Midland Trail)
Wide Writer (Midland Trail)
Shotgun Writer (Midland Trail)
Writer OOI (Midland Trail)

C&C Prediction: Midland Trail (27) Fayetteville (17)

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