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North Central high school football report: Week 10


Class AAA

No. 13 University (5-4) at Morgantown (4-5)

When: Friday at 7 p.m.

Last week: The Hawks had their way in a 50-0 win against Preston. Morgantown kept hope alive for a playoff berth with an impressive 49-13 win against John Marshall.

Why it’s important: Morgantown needs a win to reach the postseason and a victory over the Hawks would put the Mohigans in the playoffs. University could still reach the playoffs without a win, but can lock up its postseason berth by handling business in this rivalry. The game marks the regular season finale for both teams.

Who to watch for University: Quarterback Logan Holgorsen faces his former team and will have no shortage of motivation to perform well in this one. Holgorsen’s favorite targets are wide receivers Amir Richardson and Evan Parow.

Who to watch for Morgantown: Preston Fox returned to the lineup last week and caught six passes for 151 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Cam Rice added 195 passing yards and 45 rushing yards, while Ty Konchesky rushed for 92 yards and a score.

Class AA

No. 7 Robert C. Byrd (6-2) at North Marion (4-4)

When: Friday at 7 p.m.

Last week: The Eagles finished strong in a 49-20 win against crosstown rival Liberty Harrison. The Huskies got to .500 with a 37-7 victory against winless Braxton County. 

Why it’s important: RCB is in position to host a first-round playoff game, but likely can’t lose either of its last two games to do so. North Marion, tied for No. 23 in this week’s WVSSAC Playoff Ratings, needs to win out to have a chance at a playoff berth.

Who to watch for Robert C. Byrd: Running back Ghovan Davidson anchors an explosive offense and rushed 24 times for 172 yards and three touchdowns a week ago. Freshman Jeremiah King is also a supreme talent and carried eight times for 138 yards with two TDs against Liberty, while adding a 73-yard touchdown reception.

Who to watch for North Marion: Tailback Desmond Fluharty and quarterback Gunner Murphy lead a strong Huskies’ offense.

No. 14 Lewis County (6-3) at Liberty Harrison (4-4)

When: Friday at 7 p.m.

Last week: The Minutemen blanked Philip Barbour for a 10-0 win. The Mountaineers struggled to generate stops defensively in a 49-20 loss against Robert C. Byrd.

Why it’s important: For Lewis County, it’s simple — win and you’re in the playoffs. A loss likely takes the Minutemen out of the postseason and they’d be relying on help in Week 11 while on their bye week. Like North Marion, Liberty needs to win out and hope for help to have a chance at making the playoffs. 

Who to watch for Lewis County: Nic Kuhn intercepted a pair of passes in last week’s win, while Isaiach Burciago is a big-play threat offensively and scored the only touchdown of the game against the Colts.

Who to watch for Liberty Harrison: Seth Davis, Seth McIntyre and Sayveon Beafore form a dangerous trio in the Mountaineer backfield. 

Other games: Buckhannon-Upshur (3-5) at Preston (1-7); Philip Barbour (2-6) at Lincoln (3-5); Braxton County (0-8) at East Fairmont (0-8); Grafton (5-2) at Elkins (3-5); Clay-Battelle (5-3) at Notre Dame (3-5); East Hardy (1-7) at South Harrison (1-7)

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