by Fred Persinger II
GAMES TO WATCH
No. 11 PikeView (3-0) at James Monroe (0-2)
When: Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Last week: PikeView defeated Liberty Raleigh, 34-0. James Monroe suffered a late loss to Weir, 26-20.
Why it’s important: PikeView will be trying to get to 4-0 for the first time in a long time and take another step toward the Class AA playoffs. James Monroe, which is in the playoffs almost every season, needs to win to keep that dream alive of getting in the top 16.
Who to watch for: PikeView: Running Back Evan Rose, who has rushed for over 400 yards and seven scores so far this season.
Who to watch for James Monroe: Running back Monroe Mohler and quarterback Colton Brown.
Independence (0-3) at Shady Spring (2-1)
When: Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Last Week: Independence lost to Oak Hill, 45-8. Shady Spring defeated Summers County, 40-13.
Why it’s important: This is a big rivalry game and it is the first home game for Shady Spring, which played its first three games on the road.
Who to watch for Shady Spring: Running Back Isaiah Valentine, who rushed for 205 yards on just seven carries last week. Quarterback Drew Clark, who was 8-for-11 passing with 106 yards last week.
Who to watch for Independence: The Patriots need to pick up their offensive production, having scored only 20 points through three games.
No. 8 Woodrow Wilson (2-1) at No. 5 Huntington (3-0)
When: Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Last Week: Woodrow Wilson lost to Parkersburg, 28-7. Huntington defeated George Washington, 42-21.
Why is it important: Another MSAC matchup, which for Beckley is important to see how the Eagles bounce back from their first loss of the season. For Huntington, it’s about continuing to win games against teams that will give them some bonus points by the end of the year. That’s important as far as seedings go in the Class AAA playoffs.
Who to watch for Woodrow Wilson: Linebacker and fullback Nicholas Wickline, who has led the team in tackles and had over 100 yards receiving in last week’s game.
Who to watch for Huntington: The offensive line, led by Darnell Wright. Wright is listed by some recruiting services as the No. 1 tackle in the country, and his blocking has aided running back Ty Wilcoxon. Wilcoxon rushed for 250 yards against GW.
Wednesday: Class A No. 13 Richwood (2-1) at Class A No. 3 Midland Trail (3-0)
Thursday: Class AA No. 11 Oak Hill (3-0) at Wyoming East (1-2); Class AAA No. 14 Greenbrier East (2-1) at Class AA No. 1 Bluefield (3-0); Lincoln (1-2) at Class AA No. 3 Nicholas County (3-0); Tolsia (1-2) at Westside (1-2); Class A No. 1 Mount View (3-0) at Summers County (0-2); Meadow Bridge (1-2) at Class A No. 2 Fayetteville (3-0); Greenbrier West (1-2) at Webster County (1-2)
Friday: Princeton (0-2) at Class AAA No. 16 Parkersburg South (1-2); Valley Fayette (0-3) at Class AA No. 11 Clay County (2-0); Montcalm (0-2) at Craig County, Va. (0-3); Class A No. 14 Sherman (2-1) at Buffalo (0-3)