Week number ten is here and for some teams across the state it signals the end of the 2018 high school football season! As we get ready to tee it up this Friday night, 15 teams will be playing their last regular season game for this year. The good news is, with a win more than half of those fifteen will be moving on to the playoffs which begin November 9th and 10th!
In Class AAA, there are three teams that will wrap up their regular season games this Friday night. Martinsburg (9-0) will be at home to welcome in Musselman (8-0) and I’m certain a lot of fans in the eastern panhandle have had this game circled on the calendar for quite some time. When you compare this year’s version of the Bulldogs and the Applemen, there is not a lot of difference between now and last season. Last year, Martinsburg was, as most of you probably know, undefeated at (9-0) heading into the match-up with Musselman. The Applemen, were (7-1) last season as they prepared to welcome Martinsburg having lost to Morgantown 39-29 in week #5! In last year’s game, Martinsburg defeated Musselman 62-12! Looking to games this season between like opponents, both teams are undefeated however, Martinsburg has outscored the four like opponents 262-3…..Musselman has prevailed 149-34! The other two Class AAA teams that will wrap up the regular season this Friday night are Morgantown and University and they will match up against each other in the annual MoHawk Bowl! This year’s game will be played at Pony Lewis Field, the home of the Mohigans and it is certainly an important game for both teams. At this point of the season, neither team is feeling real certain about their playoff chances, so the (4-5) Mohigans and the (5-4) University Hawks know the importance of this inter-city rivalry! The game will kickoff Friday night at 7!
In Class AA, we have six teams that will complete their regular season schedule this Friday night and they include Weir (7-2) at Class AAA Brooke (0-8), Lewis County (6-3) at Liberty Harrison (4-4), Oak Glen (5-4) home to Beaver Local, Ohio, Pikeview (4-5) home to Clay County (5-3), Independence (3-6) at Wyoming East (2-6) and Riverview (3-6) at Class A Sherman (7-1). Of the above six teams that will wrap up the regular season, it would appear the Red Riders of Weir is the only team, with a win, that would be guaranteed a playoff spot. Depending on the outcome of a couple of other games, Lewis County, with a win over Liberty Harrison this Friday night, would probably make the field of sixteen as well.
In Class A, we also have six teams that will be wrapping up their regular season schedule this weekend. Those six teams are Cameron (9-0) home to Bridgeport, Ohio, Williamstown (8-1) and winners of eight in a row will be at Doddridge County (8-0), Parkersburg Catholic (8-1) at Hannan (0-7), Webster County (5-4) at Montcalm (1-7), Moorefield (2-7) at Pendleton County (6-2) and Valley Fayette (1-8) is home to Van (7-1). Of the six Class A teams finishing up the regular season this weekend, playoff games are very much in the future of Cameron, Williamstown and Parkersburg Catholic. Webster County (5-4), with a win and a lot of help, could also make the field of sixteen.
We have a host of other great games scheduled for week #10 of the season this Friday night, including in Class AAA Parkersburg (5-3) at Huntington (6-2) and Wheeling Park (6-2) at Parkersburg South (6-2) In Class AA, Keyser (6-2) travels to Frankfort (7-1)….Bluefield (7-1) heads to James Monroe (6-2), Chapmanville (5-3) travels to Matewan to take on Mingo Central (6-2)….Oak Hill (6-2) welcomes Class A Midland Trail (8-0)….Petersburg (5-2) hosts Class A Tucker County (6-2) and in what just might be the best game in the state regardless of the size of the schools, Class AAA Spring Valley (8-0) travels to Class AA Point Pleasant (7-0). In Class A this weekend another game of importance finds Fayetteville (5-3) at Mt. View (7-1).
We also have twelve teams idle in week #10 including Fairmont Senior (9-0), Nicholas County (9-0), Bridgeport (8-1) and Cabell Midland (5-4).
Don’t forget to join Dave Jecklin and me this Friday night from 9:30 to Midnight for GAMENIGHT – we will have all of the scores of all of the games plus interviews and more. GAMENIGHT is heard across the state on over 40 great radio stations, plus the video and audio is streamed live @wvmetronews.com.