It’s certainly not the story any of us wanted to be focused on this week, however it’s been the battle in the court rooms asopposed to the games on the gridiron that have drawn the most attention over the last several days.
By now we all know that because of court injunctions, temporary restraining orders and a myriad of other legal issues, the Class AAA Championship Game will not be played this Saturday afternoon in Wheeling. When will that game be played……what teams will participate…..will Judge Judy be the referee……these are all questions that await answers (well maybe not that last one). So, let’s turn our attention to the two games that will be played, because sad to say, the four teams that will compete for two state titles this weekend, have been placed on the back pages of most articles.
On Friday night, we will crown a new Class AA state champion as #1 Ravenswood and #2 Magnolia will square off at 7:30 on the Island in Wheeling. Both teams are undefeated at 13-0 and both teams have had a superior year. If there is a "go to" guy on each team, Cole Starcher would be the choice for Ravenswood and Justin Fox would get the nod for Magnolia. Both are quarterbacks and both have had an outstanding year. This should be a great contest as it is a repeat of the 1972 title game that saw Ravenswood prevail 14-6. Heading into this championship, the Red Devils have scored 492 points while allowing only 181. The Blue Eagles have been even more impressive, scoring 552 points and giving up just 69. Think of it….in 13 games, these two outstanding teams have scored a combined 1044 points….something tells me this game may take a while to play.
On Saturday night, we will crown a new Class A state champion as #1 Wahama will battle #6 Wheeling Central. What a wonderful year it has been for the White Falcons as they enter the title game Saturday night undefeated and will be playing in the first ever state championship football game. Coach Ed Cromley’s ballclub is now a member of the Tri-Valley Conference which means they play in a league that is based in Ohio. That is why their regular season schedule contained only two teams from WV. The Tri-Valley Conference is a 15 member high school athletic conference that contains 14 schools from Ohio and only Wahama from WV. Why join a Ohio league? So you can have a ten game schedule! That is much like the schedule of Wheeling Central. This season, the Maroon Knights played only one game with a team from WV and that was Linsly Academy which is another private school in Wheeling. The Maroon Knights have long found it difficult to find teams in WV willing to play, so the school this year filled their schedule with some very tough opponents from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. In the title game Saturday night, the White Falcons will rely on their defense to slow down the Maroon Knights as the boys from Mason County have given up an average of just a little over 7 points per game this season including six shutouts. The Maroon Knights have rolled through the first three rounds of the playsoffs, outscoring their last three opponents 106-39.
So, there you have it…..a look at what is now the Super Four…….let’s enjoy what should be two great games and we’ll concern ourselves with the Class AAA championship once the courts figure it all out.