Can you believe week number seven has arrived for high school football teams across the state?  After this weekend of games, a lot of teams in all three classes will have only three more games remaining and certainly week number seven is not the week to “drop the ball”!  Losing games this time of the year is the last thing any team can afford to do.

Take into consideration the following numbers…..when the WVSSAC rankings were released this past Tuesday, 20 of the 38 teams had two or fewer losses!  In fact, in Class AAA we still have five undefeated teams…..eight teams with just one loss….and, seven teams with just two losses.  Teams right now with 4 losses and some with just three, need to win out because this year there are no guarantees at making the top 16 with so many teams with two or fewer defeats this late in the season.

In Class AA, the numbers are similar with eighteen teams with two or fewer losses.  In the AA class, we only have two undefeated teams (Wayne and Frankfort), but we do have seven teams with just one loss and nine more with only two defeats.  In Class A, the numbers almost mirror those in Class AA.  We still have four undefeated teams, nine teams with just one loss and four more with only two defeats.

Now, with those numbers in mind we have a lot of scheduled games this weekend, particularly in Class AAA, that will definitely make a dent in the current list of top 16.  The number one team in the state this week is Huntington and the Highlanders at 6-0 are getting a much deserved week off.  Still ahead for Coach Billy Seals’ team are games at Parkersburg and Winfield and home contests with St. Albans and South Charleston.  The schedule this week that features ranked teams against ranked teams includes #3 Wheeling Park at #12 Morgantown, #5 Oak Hill at #4 Point Pleasant, #7 Cabell Midland at #8 Capital, #13 Logan at #9 University and #16 Musselman at #10 Hedgesville.  In Class AA, #4 Fairmont Senior will travel to #2 Frankfort, #10 Keyser will make the trip to #3 Bridgeport and #9 Lincoln will be on the road at #11 Ritchie County.  In Class A, #14 Tucker County will be at #6 East Hardy and #6 Man will entertain Chapmanvillle, the #11 team out of Class AA.  And, maybe the best game in Class A will take place Friday night on the Island in Wheeling as #8 Wheeling Central Catholic (5-1) entertains undefeated Shady Side, Ohio (6-0).

In closing, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families of Sydney Rush and Dylan Jeffries…..two young high school students that lost their lives in the past week.  Even though their deaths were tough to comprehend, I have personally been uplifted by the outpouring of kindness from across the state.  West Virginians prove time and time again, regardless of the rivalies built into high school sports, we all stick together in times of sadness.

We look forward to talking with you this week on HIGH SCHOOL GAMENIGHT,  presented by MVB Bank.  Join Dave and me on the MetroNews Radio Network with affiliates across the state and also on line at wvmetronews.com.

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