By Michael Minnich
Mineral Daily News Tribune
AAA No. 1 Morgantown (4-0) at AAA No. 2 Martinsburg (3-1), 7 p.m.
After playing four out-of-state games, it’s back to West Virginia for the Bulldogs for a highly anticipated 1-vs-2 game that may be re-played in Wheeling in a few months’ time.
Martinsburg lost last week at undefeated Tuscarora (Va.), 35-34, on a failed two-point conversion try with 1:09 left.
Malique Watkins ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in the loss.
Morgantown has easily navigated the first four weeks of the season, winning 47-7, 66-8, 59-0, and 52-6.
Both teams were semifinalists in Class AAA last year; Martinsburg has won six straight meetings, including a 56-28 contest last year at Morgantown. Both teams have been in the top two of the MetroNews Power Rankings all season.
Sherando, Va. (3-1) at Jefferson (3-1), 7 p.m.
Jefferson suffered their first loss last week, falling to Musselman, 56-29, despite Martinez Grant finishing with 219 receiving yards and three touchdowns, two of the 80 and 70-yard varieties.
Sherando polished off Kettle Run (Va.), 17-7, last week.
Sherando won last year’s meeting decisively, 50-7.
Washington (2-1) at John Handley, Va. (3-1), Saturday, 1 p.m.
Off a bye, Washington will try and get back in the win column in this Saturday matinee; the Patriots fell to Sherando (Va.) two weeks ago by one touchdown.
Handley suffered their first loss last week at Eastern View, 63-28, after scoring 45 or more points in each of their three wins.
Frankfort (3-0) at Northern Garrett, Md. (1-2), 7 p.m.
The Falcons put 474 yards and 61 points on the board against winless Berkeley Springs last week.
Brady Watson has scored 10 touchdowns in three games on the ground, adding three and 158 yards to his totals last week.
Northern fell behind early against Keyser last week, scoring a late touchdown to avoid the shutout, and have managed only 14 points through three weeks.
Frankfort won last year’s game by a 34-6 score.
Allegany, Md. (2-1) at Keyser (2-2), 7 p.m.
The longest-running series in the Cumberland area, dating back to 1926, will be played for the 88thtime on Friday.
Keyser bounced back from a loss at Fort Hill with a 47-7 win at Northern Garrett (Md.) last week; Cody Eversole (178 yards) and Danny Fife (101) both scored three rushing touchdowns.
Allegany, meanwhile, were the victims as Mountain Ridge ended their 13-game losing streak with a 35-21 victory.
Trenton Eirich threw for 162 yards and a touchdown for the Campers, who turned the ball over four times.
Last year, Allegany handed Keyser their only loss of the regular season, making both of their PATs and stopping Keyser’s pair of two-point conversion tries in a 14-12 game.
East Hardy (3-0) at Tygarts Valley (0-3), 7:30 p.m.
East Hardy scored 12 points in the fourth quarter to come from behind against Pocahontas County last week in a 18-7 win.
Tygarts Valley have only scored two touchdowns in their three games.
Moorefield (3-1) at Webster County (0-4), 7:30 p.m.
Moorefield avenged two losses to Tucker County last year, including a playoff game, by recording 11 sacks in a 33-14 win.
Brandon Riggleman recorded 18 tackles and five sacks, while Colten Bramsen rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries for the Jackets, who finished with 388 yards of offense.
Webster County has been competitive on offense in their four losses, scoring at least two touchdowns in every game, but have leaked 176 points on defense.
Hampshire (2-1) at Mountain Ridge, Md. (1-2), 7 p.m.
The Trojans had a bye week to recover from their loss to Jefferson; the Miners, meanwhile, got the performance of a lifetime from Rashawn Johnson to end their 13-game losing streak.
The junior rushed 29 times for 256 yards and four touchdowns and completed a pass for 34 yards in a 35-21 win at rival Allegany.
Hampshire earned their first-ever win in the series last year, 49-16.
Spring Mills (0-4) at Petersburg (1-3), 7 p.m.
Spring Mills’ lone score against Hedgesville came on a 5-yard TD run by Alex Rideout.
Petersburg were crushed by Clear Spring (Md.) last week, 62-27.
Berkeley Springs (0-4) at Southern Garrett, Md. (0-3), 7:30 p.m.
The Indians did at least find the end zone at Frankfort in a 66-6 loss last week.
Southern lost at Silver Oak Academy, 21-14, last week.
Musselman (2-2) is off after posting their second straight win of the season, beating previously undefeated Jefferson at home, 56-29. Trevon Wesco threw for 145 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 141 yards and three scores.
Hedgesville (3-1) defeated Spring Mills, 58-7, scoring on four of their first five possessions.