STATEWIDE — Overall, nine first round playoff games were completed around the state on Saturday as No. 12 seeds in AA and A both advanced into the quarterfinals.

In Class AAA, No. 1 Huntington pulled away in the second half from No. 16 Lewis County, 31-7. Huntington senior Nick Tubbs went 84 yards for a score on the Highlanders’ first possession. The Highlanders will face George Washington in the quarterfinals.

No. 6 University, meanwhile, edged Morgantown, 9-3.

University quarterback Travis Renner scored the only touchdown in his team’s 9-3 win over Morgantown.

No. 7 Cabell Midland spoiled Washington’s first trip to the playoffs, eliminating the Patriots, 35-6. The Knights put up over 400 yards on the ground in the win, and will have a rematch of last year’s title game against Martinsburg in the quarterfinals.

The No. 2 Bulldogs on Saturday had a slow start, but pulled away in the second half to beat No. 15 Spring Valley, 36-0. Martinsburg quarterback Malique Watkins finished the game with over 200 rushing yards and another 84 through the air in the win. The Bulldogs held Spring Valley to just 142 offensive yards.

In Class AA, No. 12 Ritchie County took down No. 5 Summers County, 24-14. The Bobcats turned the ball over five times in the loss. No. 3 Bluefield took care of No. 14 Ravenswood, 31-14. The Beavers will move on to face No. 11 Nicholas County in the quarterfinals.

Out of Class A, No. 14 Magnolia handed No. 3 Valley (Fayette) its first defeat, 42-16. Magnolia had 441 yards rushing overall behind Drew Keller who finished with a career high 235 yards on 35 carries and three scores.

No. 12 Bishop Donahue eliminated Man, 21-16 as quarterback Jesse Padlow threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

No. 8 Wahama solidified a rematch of last year’s state championship game against Madonna by knocking off No. 9 Clay-Battelle, 49-27. The White Falcons actually trailed at the break, 13-7, before pulling away in the second half.

You can see all of the scores on the MetroNews High School Football Scoreboard.

Friday’s opening round recap


Below: Wahama – Clay-Battelle highlights by Tom Hunter

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  • Wvstud

    If your area school won three titles in a row and a pretty good chance at four you'd talk smack too!

  • Steve

    Bring home the beacon? The bad thing is Martinsburg may have the best team in the state, but based on these message boards their fans can be the most obnoxious in the state.

    • 1Prouddog

      Poor Stevie still crying! You remind me of a wanna be a champion. Not the big man on the hill so lets talk about him. Take the butt kickin and move on Stevie boy! lol

  • Bucksrule

    Madonna vs St Marys @ the Island!
    St Marys hasnt come close to playing their best game as of yet. Magnolia with the wildcat offense will finally run out steam before they can reach the Island. As for a champion I would take Madonna 31-26. Comis is the real deal!

    • al

      You are right . Comis is the best player in the state regardless of Class

      • 1Prouddog

        Wow! Its hard for me to agree with someone from the lower classes to be the best player in the state....especially when they haven't played top competition all year long. The fella may be good but the best?...well you might want to check out the top AAA teams and look at what their leaders have done. Numbers can be identical but competition across the board definetly is not.

  • RJ

    That very well could happen but Mag and Maddona will have to get past these next two weeks but it very well could be those two on island December 7

  • Mburg fan

    Go dogs - it will probably be a little bit more challenging this weekend but you guys can certainly bring home the beacon on the first Saturday in December. One step at a time. Go dogs.

  • paul

    Don't forget Wahama

  • Mtn. Man

    Make it 4 in a row. GO BULLDOGS!!!

  • RJ

    Magnolia is for real and they showed that today

    • al

      You are right RJ it is going to be Madonna vs magnolia in wheeling for all the marbles