MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The MetroNews high school football power rankings are voted upon weekly by a panel of 25 radio broadcasters and sports writers across West Virginia. The rankings include season record, total points and first-place votes in parenthesis.

Class AAA

1 MARTINSBURG (0-0) 249 (24)
Last year: 13-1, Class AAA state champion
This week: vs. HD Woodson (DC)
Ranking last week: –
Notes: Martinsburg won its fourth straight title a season ago and the Bulldogs look poised to make a strong push for number five in a row this year. Along with several key returning starters, the Bulldogs have running back/athlete Trey Boyd back in the mix this season after one year playing in Florida. The Bulldogs haven’t lost to an instate opponent since 2009.
2 CAPITAL (0-0) 219 (1)
Last year: 11-2, playoff semifinals
This week: Bye
Ranking last week: –
Notes: Capital’s 2013 season came to an end at Martinsburg 35-21 as the Cougars reached the semifinals for the first time since 1999. This year, the Cougars may have the best chance of any to knock the Bulldogs from the top of Class AAA. Capital returns dynamic quarterback Tyhree Pratt for his junior season and senior running back Kashuan Haley, among other skill players. The Cougars, though, have to find a replacement for defensive lineman standout James Walton.
Last year: 7-4, playoffs opening round
This week: vs. George Washington (Thurs.)
Ranking last week: –
Notes: South Charleston will be led by junior quarterback Kentre Grier and senior running back A.D. Cunningham. The Black Eagles are junior-laden, but could be one of the favorites in the postseason.
4 HUNTINGTON (0-0) 156
Last year: 13-1, Class AAA runner-up
This week: vs. Hurricane
Ranking last week: –
Notes: Huntington lost 18 seniors from that 2013 Class AAA runner-up team, but one of the key returnees is quarterback Clark Wilson. Four of the five projected starters for the Highlanders along the line this year check out at over 250 pounds, including junior Myles Robertson (6’4”, 320 pounds), sophomore Billy Ross (6’4”, 275 pounds), Charles Farrell (6’2”, 265 pounds) and the lone starting returnee, senior center Josh Fraley (6’0”, 260 pounds).
5 MORGANTOWN (0-0) 130
Last year: 8-3, playoffs opening round
This week: vs. Anacostia (DC)
Ranking last week: –
Notes: The Mohigans lose Kennedy Award winner Chazzy Thomas, but a few key returning pieces include quarterback Ethan Goldcamp and brothers Stone and Maverick Wolfley. Morgantown this season will have a new-look to its offense, moving to more of a spread formation.
6 WHEELING PARK (0-0) 111
Last year: 11-2, playoff semifinals
This week: vs. Taylor Allderdice (PA)
Ranking last week: –
Notes: Wheeling Park could have been higher in these power rankings, but the Patriots will have to overcome a preseason injury to standout running back Savion Johnson who could be done for the year. Wheeling Park also loses five players from last year’s semifinal team that went on to play in college, including quarterback Zach Phillips. It’s Killian Coyne expected to get the snaps at QB this year for the Patriots.
Last year: 11-1, playoff quarterfinals
This week: at Lincoln County
Ranking last week: –
Notes: Pt. Pleasant lost just one starter offensively from that 2013 quarterfinal playoff team. A couple offensive weapons returning include rising junior running back Cody Mitchell who averaged 7.4 yards per carry last year for 1,431 yards and 18 touchdowns, along with senior quarterback Aden Yates who completed 75 percent of his passes a season ago.
Last year: 9-3, playoff quarterfinals
This week: vs. Riverside
Ranking last week: –
Notes: Cabell Midland looks to continue its recent string of success, specifically putting together 22 wins over the last two seasons – a stretch that includes a state runner-up finish. The Knights this year are expected to lean on senior quarterback Coy Pettit and senior running back Alex Childers to lead a group of up-and-coming players overall.
9 UNIVERSITY (0-0) 52
Last year: 10-2, playoff quarterfinals
This week: at John Marshall
Ranking last week: –
Notes: Jeremy Eckels steps into the starting quarterback role for the Hawks after serving two years behind starter Travis Renner. The Hawks overall still have a wealth of talent in the tank despite losing a solid group of seniors from last year. A couple of backs will be scoring threats out of the backfield in senior Jace Neville, who led the Hawks in rushing a year ago, and sophomore standout Isaiah Utt.
Last year: 9-3, playoff quarterfinals
This week: at South Charleston (Thurs.)
Ranking last week: –
Notes: The Patriots have plenty of experience to replace from last year following the graduation of running backs Draven Riffe (over 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns) and Jacob Jackson (over 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns), along with quarterback Jon Alexander (around 1,000 combined yards offensively and 17 touchdowns). Junior Kaleb Mackey is expected to step in to that starting quarterback role for Alexander.
Also receiving votes:
Spring Valley 30, Hurricane 9, Princeton 9, Jefferson 6, Washington 5, Lewis County 3, John Marshall 2, Woodrow Wilson 2

Class AA

1 WAYNE (0-0) 239 (16)
Last year: 13-1, Class AA runner-up
This week: at Tolsia
Ranking last week: –
Notes: Wayne’s 36-game winning streak and quest for a third straight state title came to an end last year with a 14-13 title game loss to Bridgeport. The Pioneers, though, return multiple key skill players, including quarterback Grant Ferguson, running back Mason Hodge and running back/receiver Cody Stiltner.
2 BRIDGEPORT (0-0) 217 (9)
Last year: 13-1, Class AA state champion
This week: vs. Buckhannon-Upshur
Ranking last week: –
Notes: Bridgeport heads into 2014 looking to defend its Class AA state championship. The Indians lose the dynamic duo of running back Anthony Bonamico and quarterback A.C. Caldera, but still return solid core pieces, including juniors Dylan Tonkery and Dante Bonamico.
3 BLUEFIELD (0-0) 200
Last year: 10-3, playoff semifinals
This week: at Graham (VA)
Ranking last week: –
Notes: The Beavers have plenty of talent returning this season, including quarterback R.J. Bourne (1,779 yards, 15 touchdowns last year) and senior fullback/linebacker Corey Coppola. Speedsters D.J. Stewart and Carlos Reed are also constant threats to score out of the backfield as well.
4 ROBERT C. BYRD (0-0) 175
Last year: 9-4, playoff semifinals
This week: vs. Fairmont Senior
Ranking last week: –
Notes: Robert C. Byrd has put together back-to-back semifinal appearances. The Eagles this year put in a new offense as running back Ben D’Annunzio returns — he was limited last year after breaking his collarbone in RCB’s season opening loss to Fairmont Senior.
5 SISSONVILLE (0-0) 128
Last year: 10-2, playoff quarterfinals
This week: vs. Chapmanville
Ranking last week: –
Notes: Sissonville advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1994 a year ago. The Indians had six seniors on that 2013 team, five of them starters, including 1,000 yard rushing fullback Dominic Walker and quarterback Nathan Miller. Junior Jacob Fisher is expected to fill Walker’s shoes at fullback after splitting time there last season. Senior Tyler Shaffer, junior Jared Wilkinson and junior Austin Burfurd are all expected to get carries out of the backfield as well.
6 KEYSER (0-0) 104
Last year: 7-4, playoffs opening round
This week: vs. Clearfield (PA)
Ranking last week: –
Notes: Keyser must replace all-state standouts in quarterback Cody Eversole and running back Blake Ravenscroft. One of the key players for the Golden Tornado this season will be senior running back/linebacker Hunter Kasmier.
7 FRANKFORT (0-0) 96
Last year: 8-3, playoffs opening round
This week: vs. Moorefield
Ranking last week: –
Notes: Frankfort’s 2013 ended with a disappointing opening round playoff loss to RCB. The Falcons this year return a core of players that includes Maryland quarterback commitment Gage Shaffer, along with running backs Brady Watson and Noah Bible.
8 MINGO CENTRAL (0-0) 59
Last year: 8-3, playoffs opening round
This week: at Wyoming East
Ranking last week: –
Notes: The Miners last year put together the best season in the school’s short history, finishing with an 8-3 record and opening round playoff appearance. Mingo Central, now going into its fourth season, will look for the next step this year, getting a win in postseason play.
Last year: 9-3, playoff quarterfinals
This week: at Robert C. Byrd
Ranking last week: –
Notes: The Polar Bears last year knocked off Keyser in the opening round of the playoffs to advance into the quarterfinals. A rising group steps in this season as Fairmont replaces quarterback Austin Norman from that 2013 team.
10 WYOMING EAST (0-0) 48
Last year: 9-2, playoffs opening round
This week: vs. Mingo Central
Ranking last week: –
Notes: Wyoming East put together a 9-1 regular season in 2013. The Warriors hosted a playoff game for the first time in school history – that game resulted in a loss, something they would like to avenge this year.
Also receiving votes:
Ravenswood 29, Nicholas County 13, Herbert Hoover 9, Ritchie County 4, Chapmanville 2, Westside 2

Class A

1 WHEELING CENTRAL (0-0) 214 (13)
Last year: 6-5, playoffs opening round
This week: vs. Notre Dame
Ranking last week: –
Notes: With a Class A field that appears to be wide open in 2014, it’s a young Wheeling Central team (led by mostly juniors and sophomores) that will look to get the Maroon Knights back on top in Class A after two straight first round playoff exits. Sophomore Isaac Rine is expected to get the majority of snaps at quarterback for the Maroon Knights. The three seniors this year for Wheeling Central are Ben Duplaga who will get the carries at running back, receiver Matt Pleva and Peter Hartzell who will start at tackle.
2 ST. MARYS (0-0) 192
Last year: 11-1, playoff quarterfinals
This week: vs. Ritchie County
Ranking last week: –
Notes: St. Marys put together an undefeated regular season in 2013, earning the No. 2 seed in the playoffs. The Blue Devils will look to get back as a high seed again this year, trying to avenge a quarterfinal loss to eventual Class A runner-up Greenbrier West.
3 GREENBRIER WEST (0-0) 189 (3)
Last year: 12-2, Class A runner-up
This week: vs. Nicholas County
Ranking last week: –
Notes: The Cavaliers charged through the postseason last year, making it all the way to Wheeling behind a group of talented seniors that included quarterback Malik Boatwright, Cory Cox, Logan Brown and Mikey Goddard. Several rising players will be called on to fill the void, including quarterback Dustin Yoakum and running backs Jordan Grimmitt and Jordan Tincher.
4 WILLIAMSTOWN (0-0) 168 (2)
Last year: 10-3, playoff semifinals
This week: at Tyler Consolidated
Ranking last week: –
Notes: Williamstown loses quarterback Jake Tracewell — and his over 2,000 yards of total offense from last season — but it’s senior Dakota Watson who will take over at QB, moving over from tailback. Some of the other key players this year include running backs Austin Raines and Mike Beck, as well as second team all-state lineman D.J. Kerns and receivers Hunter Neely and Logan Lindsey.
5 BISHOP DONAHUE (0-0) 128
Last year:8-4, playoff quarterfinals
This week: at Cameron
Ranking last week: –
Notes: Bishop Donahue earned the No. 12 seed in last year’s playoffs and upset No. 5 Man on the road. Quarterback Jesse Padlow returns for his senior season after leading the state in passing with 2,468 yards last year. Padlow also collected 24 touchdowns on the year as well.
6 MADONNA (0-0) 115 (6)
Last year: 14-0, Class A state champion
This week: vs. Beallsville (OH)
Ranking last week: –
Notes: The Class A defending state champions will have a lot of new faces in the mix this season after 15 seniors graduated from the 2013 campaign — including UMass signee and MetroNews Player of the Year Ross Comis and standout running back Eliott Nero. Rising sophomore Dustin Brown is expected to get a majority of snaps at quarterback this year. Other key skill players include RB Levi Shreve, junior RB Dillon Shaw and senior WR Grant Retton. 6-foot-7, 275 pound junior Nate Martin and 6-foot-6, 240 pound sophomore tackle Justin Canei are key returnees along the line.
7 MOOREFIELD (0-0) 92
Last year: 10-2, playoff quarterfinals
This week: at Frankfort
Ranking last week: –
Notes: Moorefield returns five starters on defense and four on offense from a team that went to the quarterfinals of the playoffs in 2013. A big key piece returning, though, is junior running back/linebacker Wil Schoonover who earned first team all-state honors at linebacker last year and led Moorefield in rushing as well. A big game looms in week one against Class AA rival Frankfort.
8 MAGNOLIA (0-0) 88 (1)
Last year: 8-5, playoff semifinals
This week: Bye
Ranking last week: –
Notes: The Blue Eagles needed a strong late season push to get into the playoffs last year – a run that eventually led them all the way to the semifinals as the No. 14 seed. Magnolia this year has a new head coach in Josh Sims and returns just three seniors. The Blue Eagles this year will have new faces at quarterback, running back and receiver.
9 WAHAMA (0-0) 67
Last year: 10-2, playoff quarterfinals
This week: at Ravenswood
Ranking last week: –
Notes: Gone are all-state athletes Kane Roush (RB) and Hunter Bradley (QB) for the White Falcons, among other talented graduated seniors. But there is still talent left in the tank for the 2012 state champs, including junior Kaileb Sheets who is expected to step-in nicely at QB. The strength, though, of this White Falcons’ team could be up front as a wealth of experience returns there.
10 MAN (0-0) 49
Last year: 9-2, playoff opening round
This week: at Logan
Ranking last week: –
Notes: Man finished the 2013 regular season at 9-1, earning a No. 5 seed in the playoffs. Expectations will be high again for Man this season as the Hillbillies start off the year with a rivalry game against Class AAA Logan.
Also receiving votes:
Clay-Battelle 42, Notre Dame 24, Valley (Fayette) 3, Doddridge County 1, East Hardy 1, Parkersburg Catholic 1
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  • Really

    Bishop...just cuz you claim it doesn't happen doesn't debunk anything. There are people who know that things go on. I know and it doesn't matter. Just because the books show a kid paid his tuition doesn't mean he did or most likely it was covered. C'mon man!!! You just keep debunking hahaha.

  • Herd98

    In AAA It seems they have it right. I think that top 4 will provide great football all season long. South Charleston,Capital, and Huntinton High all play each other. MArtinsburg will most likely make it to the finals again and one of those 3 will be there waiting. After last years game between HHS and Martinsburg I expect the team with the best defense to pull it out for the title in the end.

  • taylor

    I'm sorry to say this but Catholic schools need to be in their own league because they can recruit players. Public schools have to use players they have in their community and are not allowed to recruit. I will root for any public school that has to play against Catholic schools every time.

    • sportsupport

      Any student in our great state can attend any school they desire.......just follow the rules and regulations. With that in mind, I guess there is no such definition of the word "recruit" in WV high school sports.

    • Bishop

      Taylor - you obviously don't live around Class AAA schools. If you want to see recruiting for real, you will see it rampant in the Kanawha and Putnam County schools and in the eastern panhandle schools. Numerous kids are playing sports at schools out of their home school district. As for Catholic schools recruiting .... please. How many students are going to pay private school tuition just to play football, or any other sport? Giving scholarships are a violation of SSAC rules. As another poster noted often last year on these forums, Madonna had 16 seniors on its football team. 15 of them had attended Catholic schools since grade school. Recruiting 5-year olds in Weirton? Every recruiting myth has been debunked on this forum. If you are going to criticize private schools, at least try to bring facts to the argument. And come basketball season when Wheeling Central dominates, just remember that WVU signee Chase Harler has attended Catholic schools since kindergarten. Maybe if Valley's best athlete didn't transfer to George Washington over the summer, that Class A schools would be more competitive.

      • EP Power

        Bishop....I live in the Eastern Panhandle and follow local high school sports here really close. With all due respect, hearing folks say Eastern Panhandle schools recruit is comical to me. With that said, have kids transferred to certain schools in the past because their sport of choice is better than another schools? You bet....and frankly that goes on all over the state and country for that matter. Is it morally "right" to do that from a parent/athlete perspective? That is a matter of personal opinion. However, that is not recruiting. Recruiting is actively pursuing student athletes to go to your school and ultimately, play for your team. Now, I am definitely not naive enough to think that coaches have never reached out to athletes in the past but to just say that Eastern Panhandle schools recruit as if it is accepted and a standard practice could not be further from the truth. Lets quit making excuses and give credit where it's due..... extremely hard work by the student athletes and great coaching.

        • Bishop

          EP Power - more power to the kids if and when they move out of a school district to another in order to play a sport so long as it is per SSAC guidelines - specifically, a student can go to an out of district school providing student does so upon entering 9th grade. As for "recruiting" - let's not be naive to say phone calls aren't made cause they are. This doesn't bother me either among Class AAA schools. But you are wrong to say this goes on all over the state. Way too many rural schools. A kid can live in the eastern panhandle or Kanawha County and go to a number of area schools. Where can a kid from Tucker County go?
          Mburg - If Martinsburg only has a few transfers, that doesn't bother me. What bothers me is people insulting Catholic schools by saying they recruit when one ounce of proof is never given. Catholic schools could never compete against AAA schools in this state (except in soccer) but yet the private school haters make it sound like they are recruiting Randy Moss and Michael Switzers. The hating on Catholic schools get old, especially with all the falsehoods. That's my point about Class AAA schools. The best athletes transfer (legally) to the best school for their sport, not the private schools. You EP follks should know better than anyone, no one likes a constant winner and Class A parents can't stand that Catholic schools win.

        • Mburg

          Well EP Power. People make these statement with conviction as if they know it to be absolutely true. Except for a few transfers, all of the players on Martinsburg's winning teams attended North or South Middle - the feeder schools for Martinsburg. Trey Boyd is a transfer and one of those who people might infer was recruited. In the United States people have options an freedom to move from place to place for opportunity. Trey is a child who parents decided to move back to Martinsburg or allow him to live there with family members. There should be no questions. America is a transient society where people move all the time. If one is a renter he can live in one town in the Summer an move to another in the Fall - the kids still have to go to school. It is call transfer and it happens all the time. Transfer and recruiting has been confused on this site all the time.

          • sportfourteen

            T. Boyd moved back with his parents and lives with them.

  • John

    Roane County Raiders get no love!!! Can't wait (Bart Scott voice)!!!

    • Frankly

      You have to earn love. Beef up the schedule. Beat someone.

  • dogsfan

    Trust me sir martinsburg is just as exciting with all the skill players they have easily could put up 50 a game boyd,brown,lindsay,brewer,Mitchell,brooks-Smith,brown,carson a lot of talent and speed this year's team.

  • 4 student athletes

    Martinsburg seems like a solid all around team- defense, run, pass, fundamentally sound. But Capital has to be the most exciting team with all those skill players. Reminds me of the RichRod days at WVU with all those pulling linemen. Love Tyrell Davis. I could see him being recruited by a mid-major where size is not as important and having an impact there. He's quick as a cat and really speedy.

    • park101

      from wheeling no one has a clue how much talent martinsbrurg will have this year. you say that capital player is fast because that doenst really mean anything to the Martinsburg team and Martinsburgs defense is going to be the fastest in the State. they play those out of state teams that have way faster football players then what Capital has.

  • wvu999

    Heres to public schools with WV kids

  • boober

    Notre Dame 12th really! Time to prove em' wrong.

  • Mike

    RCB hype??? .....and Wyoming East?? ....Same old rankings as usual. Let's go all you underdog and under ranked teams!!!!!

  • dogsfan

    Let's go martinsburg strive for five

  • steve

    Let's go Madonna Two in a row

    • west fan

      are you joking me ??????????????????????/ they lost everyone lol not a chance baby boy

    • RJ

      Who all does Maddona return this year

      • west fan

        lol look OK Madona is not winning a championship buddy west will be there again

        • state college high school football

          Madonna will win and your west team will not. if your teams are so good then play a game with Martinsburg???