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C&C’s 2020 WV Prep Football Insider
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10. Pendleton County at Sissonville (WEEK THREE)
For only the second time in Pendleton County’s history they will travel down into the Kanawha Valley. This time the 2019 Class A semifinalists will square off with annual Cardinal Conference contender Sissonville. This is surely a unique matchup that was gifted out of the rescheduling frenzy due to the season delay. Both are expected to be highly competitive in their respective classes and should be an excellent measuring game for not just classes but regions.
9. Fairmont Senior at Winfield (WEEK SEVEN)
Winfield’s last game in 2019 came against Fairmont Senior in which they had the #1 seed on the ropes for three quarters. Both return a lot and are considered Top 10 teams in Class AA easily. Some big names appear on both sides such as Gage Michael and John Covert. Both programs have been known to schedule tough and this is even more evident with this agreed contest. Should be a high-flying, hard-hitting, and awesome game between two playoff teams.
8. Bridgeport at Parkersburg South (WEEK SIX)
This matchup with Parkersburg South will potentially be Bridgeport’s first match with a Top 5 AAA power after their reclassification. The Indians overall lost a ton of experience and talent from their 2019 AA State Title team. The Patriots lost a lot too but still have a roster full of Big Board players. This will most likely serve as an important swing game midseason for both teams as a two schemes clash.
7. Doddridge County at Ritchie County (WEEK FIVE)
Though perhaps not on the same level as a year ago, the Bulldog-Rebel rivalry should add another memorable game. Both had their eyes on the title in 2019 and both fell short. The field looks a bit more open this year and by the team week five rolls around, both of these teams should be ranked towards the top of Class A. It appears that Ritchie County might hold the edge going in. Who will win it this time for this nearby rivalry?
6. Mingo Central at Poca (WEEK FIVE)
For the third year in a row, this Cardinal Conference matchup looks primed for main event status. This game will feature the two most prolific offensive players since 2017: Miner quarterback Daylin Goad and Poca runningback Ethan Payne. Each team is decked with other prime talent and depth. The last two bouts were classics and had significant playoff seeding ramifications. This one should be the same.
5. Man at Wheeling Central (WEEK FIVE)
With Man’s reclassification, they instantly became a Class A title contender. No better test for their stance than a midseason trip to three-time defending champs Wheeling Central. It is a unique matchup that features two contrasting teams from two very different. By the time this game rolls around, this could be a pivotal seed-deciding contest.
4. Oak Glen at Point Pleasant (WEEK FOUR)
In week four the promising Oak Glen Golden Bears will make the long trip to the formidable house of the Big Blacks. Both are expected to be on the brink of title contention so this early matchup should not just be a measuring stick but an overall exciting match. Each of these teams are considered in title contender talks so this is just a great setup.
3. Martinsburg at South Charleston (WEEK THREE)
Perhaps one of the most exciting games to come from all the rescheduling is Martinsburg traveling to South Charleston. The last time these two were set to go at it was the infamous 2010 State Championship that never was. This game, ten years later, will not just be a battle between the Valley and the Panhandle but a statement game for Bulldog team replacing a lot and a Black Eagle team returning amples of talent.
2. Spring Valley at Fairmont Senior (WEEK SEVEN)
Two of the most successful teams of the 2010’s will square off in a cross-class battle. The enrollment size is not a major disparity so this is not necessarily a David vs Goliath. This game will feature a slew of Division One talent and some powerful offenses. Both are expected to be near the top of their classes when this game comes around.
1. Martinsburg at Cabell Midland (WEEK TEN)
Another exciting matchup for Martinsburg will be their late tussle with Cabell Midland-a rematch of the 2019 state title game. At this point, who knows what the teams will look like. Both play top-notch schedules and should be well-tested to this point. Either way, to see the Bulldogs making a trip this far south is exciting.