STATEWIDE — Seedings stayed true to form in Class AAA during Friday night’s opening of the high school football playoffs around the state. No. 3 Capital used a strong second half to put away No. 14 Hurricane, 38-10. Kashuan Haley led the Cougars with 268 yards on 19 carries in the win.
No. 4 Pt. Pleasant took down No. 13 Logan for the second time this season, handing the Wildcats a 41-14 defeat. The win was just Pt. Pleasant’s second ever at the Class AAA level, and first since 1979.
The Big Blacks will be home next week to take on Wheeling Park, which ran over South Charleston, 55-34.
No. 8 George Washington had to survive a battle against No. 9 Oak Hill, 21-14 in overtime. Oak Hill was led by Jarrell Green and Jalen Jones offensively in the loss – Green finished with 176 yards, while Jones added 112 yards and a score. Oak Hill trailed 14-6 at the break and forced the regulation tie with a touchdown and two-point conversion with 2:44 left in the fourth quarter.
GW scored first in the overtime session, and then held Oak Hill scoreless on its ensuing possession. Draven Riffe finished with 145 yards on 19 carries for the Patriots, but came out of the game with that recurring ankle injury that has nagged him the second half of the year.
In Class AA, top ranked Wayne beat Philip Barbour, 53-25. The Pioneers rushed for 477 yards on the ground in route to their 34th straight victory. Wayne will have a rematch in the quarterfinals against Sissonville, which took down Mingo Central, 28-18.
No. 2 Bridgeport controlled No. 15 Roane County, 54-20. Anthony Bonamico totaled 227 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries in the win for the Indians. It’ll be a quarterfinal rematch for Bridgeport as well, taking on No. 7 Fairmont Senior.
The Polar Bears were impressive in a 49-28 win over Keyser. Fairmont Senior, though, lost starting quarterback Austin Norman for the remainder of the year with a broken ankle. Norman had tallied 234 yards through the air and four touchdowns on 12-of-15 passing before the injury in the fourth quarter.
No. 13 Robert C. Byrd snatched up a nice win over No. 4 Frankfort, 21-17. RCB sophomore quarterback Julian Marino connected with Julian Malfregeot on a 27-yard touchdown pass with 3:16 to go to give his team the upset win. Marino finished the game 13-of-24 for 222 yards in the win.
No. 11 Nicholas County upset No. 6 Wyoming East 35-14. Wil Mayes, finished the game with 146 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries to lead Nicholas County to the quarterfinals.
In Class A, top ranked Madonna rolled No. 16 Tucker County 52-0. Running back Elliot Nero had five touchdowns in the win, while quarterback Ross Comis through for four scores.
No. 2 St. Marys stayed unbeaten with a 21-6 win over No. 15 East Hardy. St. Marys ran the ball 62 times for 332 yards in the win. The Blue Devils will face No. 7 Greenbrier West in the quarterfinals – the Cavaliers took down No. 10 Notre Dame, 54-7.
Notre Dame was held to just 49 offensive yards, while turning the ball over four times. Greenbrier West quarterback Malik Boatwright rushed for 108 yards and three touchdowns in the win.
No. 4 Williamstown won a 27-25 thriller over No. 13 Wheeling Central. Also, No. 6 Moorefield edged No. 11 Meadow Bridge and Jake Parker, 22-16. Parker finished the game with 137 yards on 31 carries in the loss.
You can see all the scores on the MetroNews High School Football Scoreboard.