The 2017 high school football season began on Thursday night, August 24th and we kicked off the year with four games that night. Since then, well over 1,150 games have been played and we now find ourselves with only 24 remaining!
The first round of the playoffs begin this Friday night at 7:30 with 15 games scheduled. On Saturday, November 11th, 9 more games will be played……6 at 1:30 and 3 more at 7:30.
So, with the playoff games ready to begin, let’s look at some comparisons from last season. In Class AAA this year, we have 3 undefeated teams in the field of 16…..last year, we had only 1. In Class AA this year there are 2 teams with a perfect record, while last year we had 3. In Class A this season we have only 1 undefeated team and that compares to 5 from 2016. Now when you compare the bottom end of the field of 16, last year in Class AAA we had only 2 teams with a .500 record and zero teams with a losing record. For the first time in the history of the playoffs, 2017 will feature 2 teams with a sub par .500 record at 4-6 in Class AAA. In Class AA, the worst record getting in was 6-4 and in Class A, the #16 seed posted a winning record of 5-4. Another note of interest, of the 29 teams in Class AAA, only 11 had a winning record while last year, we had 14. In Class AA this year, we had 24 teams with a winning record and in Class A we had 18. In 2016, we had 17 teams with winning records in Class AA and in Class A, there were 20.
Now, let’s look at some of those 1st round games….In Class AAA, we will have 3 games that will be a flash back of the regular season. The #1 seed Huntington will host #16 South Charleston this Saturday afternoon at the same location of a game played between the two teams on October 20th where the Highlanders won that match-up 23-0. The 4th seeded Timber Wolves of Spring Valley will have a rematch with #13 George Washington this Friday night. Back on September 15th, Spring Valley hosted the Patriots and won 46-7. Another rematch from the regular season in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs will find #15 Morgantown heading back to Martinsburg to take on the 2nd seeded Bulldogs. It was just a few weeks ago back on September 22nd when the Mohigans made that same trip and lost to Martinsburg 51-7.
In Class AA, we will have only one rematch from the regular season. It was on October 20th when Wayne traveled to Sissonville and defeated the Indians in a very close game 30-27. In a not-so-common Saturday night affair, #12 Sissonville will travel to #5 Wayne in hopes of pulling the upset.
In Class A, we will have two games that will be a rematch of the regular season as #14 Fayetteville will make the very short 8 mile drive to Hico to take on #3 Midland Trail. When these two teams met back on October 13th, both were undefeated and the Patriots of Midland Trail shut down the Pirates 47-6. This Saturday afternoon, Fayetteville will try and turn the tables on their county rival. Also in Class A, #11 Summers County will make the 86 mile drive to Webster County to meet up with the 6th seeded Highlanders. Webster County will come into the game this Friday night with a 9-1 record and that lone defeat came at the hands of the Bobcats back on September 29th, when Summers County won the game at Webster County 28-22! That should be a good rematch!
As mentioned, we will have 15 games coming up this Friday night and of course we will have all of the scores on GAMENIGHT beginning at 9:30! We will also take a look at the games scheduled for Saturday afternoon and Saturday night so be sure to join us for the show. If you can’t find the broadcast on a local radio station in your area, then check out the video and audio of the show at www.wvmetronews.com.
Talk to you Friday night!!