The Dominion Post/William Wotring

Wheeling Park’s Rapheal Bradley will try to help the Patriots establish the run against Musselman.

— By Shawn Rine

GAMES TO WATCH

Class AAA

No. 3 Musselman (6-0) at No. 6 Wheeling Park (5-1)

When: Friday at 7 p.m.

Last week: Musselman scored another close victory, knocking off Hedgesville, 12-7. Wheeling Park roughed up Morgantown to the tune of a 31-0 shutout.

Why it’s important: A major game in terms of playoff points. The winner looks to have the inside track on at least one home postseason contest and probably more.

Who to watch for Musselman: Running back Blake Hartman is coming off a 32-carry, 170-yard, two-touchdown performance in the Applemen’s sixth straight victory.

Who to watch for Wheeling Park: Devaughn McWhorter is the leading receiver of the Patriots, having hauled in 20 passes for 338 yards and seven touchdowns. Linebacker Jermain Snodgrass is the team’s top tackler with 53 stops, including eight for losses.

Class A

St. Marys (2-4) at No. 15 Magnolia (4-3)

When: Friday at 7 p.m.

Last week: St. Marys won its second in the last three outings, blasting Wirt County, 43-0. Magnolia went on the road and dropped a 36-21 decision to Crestview, Ohio, which snapped a three-game winning streak.

Why it’s important: The Blue Eagles are fighting for their playoff lives and still have games remaining with rivals Tyler Consolidated and Wheeling Central following this matchup.

Who to watch for St. Marys: Quarterback Brennan Boron and receiver Slade Amos are coming off a game in which they hooked up for touchdowns of 34 and 50 yards.

Who to watch for Magnolia: Receiver Sebastian Stickler has team-highs in catches (43), yards (553) and touchdowns (seven) for coach Doc Chapman’s crew.

Martins Ferry, Ohio (5-2) at No. 2 Wheeling Central (6-0)

When: Friday at 7 p.m.

Last week: Martins Ferry fell to Indian Creek, Ohio, by a 22-0 count. Wheeling Central went on the road and won its second consecutive game by a 31-14 score, this time against Steubenville Catholic Central, Ohio.

Why it’s important: The Purple Riders are clinging to sixth and the top eight make the playoffs in the Ohio Division V, Region 19 rankings. The Maroon Knights continue in their quest to clinch home field throughout the playoffs.

Who to watch for Martins Ferry: Running back Caleb Olson had 598 yards and seven touchdowns going into last week, before being injured early in the game.

Who to watch for Wheeling Central: Linebacker Adam Murray is making a case for back-to-back Huff Awards. Last week he registered 22 tackles against the Crusaders. Bray Price has shown an ability to score whether at running back or receiver, and added defense to that list with two interceptions, including one he took back 100 yards for a touchdown.

Other games: Valley Wetzel (2-4) at Frontier, Ohio (1-6); Cameron (7-0) at Clay-Battelle (4-2), Hundred (1-6) at Hancock, Md. (0-5).; Vincentian Academy, Pa. (0-3) at Paden City (1-6); Edison, Ohio (3-3) at Weir (5-2); Harrison Central, Ohio (1-6) at Oak Glen (4-3); Morgantown (3-4) at Parkersburg South (4-2); John Marshall (4-2) at Brooke (0-6); Tyler Consolidated (3-3) at Tolsia (4-3); Buckhannon-Upshur (2-4) at University (3-4); Van (5-1) at Madonna (3-3).

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