By Wes McKinney
No. 10 South Charleston (7-2) at No. 1 Huntington (8-0)
After playing two games against teams under .500, Huntington will take on a South Charleston team that has won four straight games.
Last week against St. Albans, the Highlanders amassed 399 rushing yards with Nick Tubbs leading the way with 117 yards on just three carries. Tubbs rushed for a 65 yard touchdown on the game’s first play and returned a punt from 60 yards for another score.
The Highlanders and Black Eagles haven’t played each other since 2009, the first season for Billy Seals at Huntington.
In Seals’ first season, Huntington was winless. If the Highlanders win out, they would clinch the No. 1 seed in the Class AAA playoffs.
Chapmanville (5-4) at No. 1 Wayne (8-0)
After scoring at least 50 points in five of six games, Wayne cooled off last week against Poca, scoring a mere 48 points.
The Pioneers jumped out to a 28-0 first lead and never looked back against the Dots.
In the win, 17 different Pioneers ran the ball including Brandon Spurlock, who had a team-high 75 yards on five carries. As a team, Wayne totaled 366 rushing yards.
Meanwhile, Chapmanville is in a must-win situation if it hopes to make the playoffs. Heading into this week, the Tigers are No. 18 in the latest WVSSAC rankings. After starting the year 3-1, Chapmanville has dropped three of their last five games. The Tigers did beat Tolsia last week, 34-20.
Oak Glen AA (0-8) at No. 3 Point Pleasant (8-0) – Saturday afternoon
Point Pleasant will play back-to-back Saturday afternoon games to end the season.
This particular game will be the Big Blacks’ Hall of Fame game.
And it appears one particular player on the Point Pleasant squad currently is destined to join the school’s hall of fame at some point.
Last week against Shady Spring, running back Chase Walton broke the school’s all-time scoring record, picking up his 38th career touchdown. The previous mark was held by Paul Bennett with 35 touchdowns in a career.
In the 49-8 rout of the Tigers, Walton ran for 206 yards and four touchdowns on just eight carries.
This week, the Big Blacks welcome in a winless Oak Glen club.
“Even though they haven’t won a game yet, the kids haven’t quit,” said Big Blacks’ head coach David Darst. “They play hard. They run most of their offense out of the shotgun and they have some kids that can catch the ball. When they do run the ball, it’s from the power I-formation. They are football team, who I think is trying to get better. As long as we play good, solid defense I think we will be ok.”
No. 9 Mingo Central (6-2) at Herbert Hoover (2-6)
Mingo Central picked up a huge win over Class AAA Logan last week, 26-20. It was the first win against the Wildcats in the school’s short history.
It was the just Miners picked second win against a Class AAA school. The other came back in 2011.
The roughest portion of Mingo Central’s schedule is now in the rear view mirror as its last two opponents have a combined record of 3-13 entering this week.
The Miners have outscored Herbert Hoover 82-3 in their two previous meetings.
Nitro (1-7) at Logan (5-3)
While Logan does check in at No. 17 in this week’s WVSSAC ratings, the Wildcats need to win both of their remaining games against Nitro and Scott to feel better about their playoff chances.
Last week, Logan dropped a heartbreaker to Mingo Central, 26-20, and has now lost two of three.
Nitro comes in reeling even more, looking for its first win since opening night against Poca.
Nitro and Logan haven’t played each other since 2002.
No. 14 Spring Valley (6-3)
No. 8 Cabell Midland (7-2)
No. 6 Man (7-1) at Tug Valley (3-5)
Tolsia (3-5) at Boyd Co, Ky.
Sherman (2-7) at No. 11 Meadow Bridge A (7-2)
Van (3-5) at South Gallia, Ohio
Montcalm (2-7) at Hannan (1-7)
Riverview (3-5) at Lincoln County (0-8)