MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Here’s a look at the top matchups in all eleven weeks of the 2019 high school football season.
For the complete week-by-week schedule for the 2019 season, click the link below:
Week 1 – Thursday, August 29th – Williamstown (11-3) at Wheeling Central Catholic (13-1): This game is a rematch of the 2018 Class A state championship game, won by the Maroon Knights 44-15. Central’s schedule features seven home games. This game will be broadcast on the MetroNews Channel at wvmetronews.com.
Week 2 – Friday, September 6th – Oak Hill (7-4) at Midland Trail (12-1): The Patriots advanced to the Class A semifinals, winning their first twelve games of the season. Trail defeated the Red Devils 26-20 in their closest regular season contest. Oak Hill must replace several key contributors lost to graduation from their playoff team.
Week 3 – Friday, September 13th – Frankfort (8-3) at Weir (10-3): In a new matchup on the schedule, the Falcons will make a long trip from Ridgeley to Weirton. Both teams are coming off playoff seasons. Weir features Division 1 recruit Sebastian Spencer, who could be featured at a variety of positions on the field.
Week 4 – Thursday, September 19th – Fairmont Senior (14-0) at Bridgeport (11-2): The Polar Bears are seeking their fourth consecutive victory over their Big 10 Conference rivals. Fairmont Senior is coming off their first state championship season since 1946. The Indians have advanced to the state semifinals in eight consecutive seasons. This game will be broadcast on the MetroNews Channel at wvmetronews.com.
Week 5 – Friday, September 27th – Poca (9-2) at Mingo Central (8-3): A quality Cardinal Conference is set on Miner Mountain. Both teams qualified for the 2018 playoffs but were eliminated in the first round. Poca returns several key skill players, led by running back Ethan Payne. The Miners return quarterback Daylin Goad and receivers Drew and Devin Hatfield.
Week 6 – Friday, October 4th – Bluefield (12-2) at Point Pleasant (9-2): In a new matchup on the schedule, the Beavers make their longest trip of the season to take on Point Pleasant. Both teams were defeated in the postseason by Fairmont Senior — the Beavers advanced to the championship game while the Big Blacks were eliminated in the quarterfinals. Bluefield features five Division 1 prospects in North Carolina commit Sean Martin, J.J. Davis, Isaiah Johnson, Jaheim House and Kaulin Parris.
Week 7 – Friday, October 11th – Musselman (11-2) at Hedgesville (7-5): The Applemen and the Eagles each advanced in the Class AAA playoffs last season. Both of Musselman’s losses came at state champion Martinsburg. The Applemen defeated the Eagles in a 12-7 defensive struggle last season.
Week 8 – Friday, October 18th – Martinsburg (14-0) at Salem, VA (7-4): The Bulldogs will face perhaps their toughest test of the regular season, visiting one of the top programs in Virginia. Salem is just two years removed from winning the Virginia Class 4A state championship.
Week 9 – Friday, October 25th – Independence (4-6) at Nicholas County (11-1): The Patriots won four of their final six games to close out the 2018 season and improvement is expected in their second year under head coach John Lilly. The Grizzlies entered the playoffs as the No. 4 seed and they won their first eleven games last season before falling to Weir in the quarterfinals.
Week 10 – Friday, November 1st – Doddridge County (12-1) at Williamstown (11-3): The Bulldogs handed the Yellow Jackets a 14-7 loss last season in the renewal of their Little Kanawha Conference rivalry. Doddridge returns the bulk of their offensive line that will go to work in front of senior running back Hunter America. He scored 41 touchdowns last season.
Week 11 – Friday, November 8th – Magnolia (8-4) at Wheeling Central Catholic (13-1): The Blue Eagles were the lone team to defeat the Maroon Knights in 2018. Magnolia knocked off Central in the regular season finale, 21-12. Central avenged that loss in the quarterfinal round, 40-19.