If you go back to the start of high school football practice for 2018 and then moving forward to this week of the Super Six, you will find we have spent 120 days just to arrive at about the same place we were this same time last year!
The teams for the 2018 Super Six are set and in Class AAA, it is a repeat of last year….Martinsburg vs. Spring Valley. In Class AA this year, it will also be a repeat of 2017 as Fairmont Senior will battle Bluefield. And, in Class A, at least ½ of the bracket is the same as 2017 as Wheeling Central is back again, however this year’s opponent is an old familiar foe in Williamstown! As I said in the title of this week’s commentary, it’s deja vu, all over again!
In the Class AA game which will kick off this Friday night at Wheeling Island Stadium at 7:05, it will be #1 Fairmont Senior (13-0) taking on the #2 seed Bluefield (12-1). In last year’s AA title game, the Beavers prevailed in what proved to be one of the very best Class AA championship games ever played by a final of 29-26. Behind the speedster Mookie Collier (26 carries – 201 yards and 1 score) and the bruiser Truck Edwards (18 carries – 81 yards and two touchdowns) Bluefield rallied from a 26-21 4th quarter deficit to score with just 5:54 left in the game on a Chandler Cooper 1 yard run with Mookie Collier adding the two point conversion for the final 3 point win. The Polar Bears led at halftime in last year’s title game 26-21 as quarterback Connor Neal completed 20 of 27 passes for 302 yards and two scores. Fast forward to this Friday night’s matchup and for Bluefield, Mookie Collier and Truck Edwards have graduated, however returning to lead the Beavers is Quarterback Chandler Cooper and a trio of talented running backs in Arnold Martin, JJ Davis and Juice Edwards, the younger brother of Truck! For Fairmont Senior, Connor Neal returns and he has been one of the very top quarterbacks in the state this season regardless of class. The championship game this Friday night shapes up to be another instant classic.
On Saturday afternoon, the Class AAA game will kick at high noon and for the 3rd straight year, it will be Martinsburg taking on Spring Valley. In 2016 Martinsburg rolled past Spring Valley 49-7 and even though in 2017 the Bulldogs solidly prevailed again with the final score being 44-16, it was apparent Spring Valley had learned a few things from the previous year. In fact, in last year’s title match-up, the Timber Wolves’ Mitchell Hall hit a 22 yard field goal with just 2:01 left in the 2nd quarter to give Spring Valley a 16-14 lead at the half. However, Bulldog’s Head Coach Dave Walker made some adjustments at halftime and his Bulldogs outscored Spring Valley 27-0 in the 2nd half to win going away! A lot of players from last year’s game return this season for both teams and both teams have been just running over every opponent this season. It’s two very powerful teams and both are undefeated at 13-0….it should be a tremendous Class AAA title game!
The final Super Six game for the 2018 season will find two old familiar foes battling for the Class A title as #1 Wheeling Central Catholic will take on #6 Williamstown. These two ball clubs met in the very first week of the 2018 regular season and the Maroon Knights prevailed 33-0. However, both coaches are quick to point out a lot of things have changed since August 24th and both teams are playing a much different type of game. And, these two teams are certainly no strangers when it comes to matching up against each other in the Class A title game……this will be the 8th trip to the Island for Williamstown and in 4 of their previous 7 title appearances, they have had to play Wheeling Central. In all four previous encounters, the Maroon Knights have proved victorious and that is something the Yellow Jackets hope to change this Saturday night! Williamstown is (2-5) in Class A title games, while the Maroon Knights will be looking for State Title #11 this weekend. Kick is set for 7:05 this Saturday night!
Once again, the MetroNews Radio Network has the exclusive radio and television broadcast rights to this year’s Super Six games and we look forward to bringing you the action of all three games this weekend.
Will we have three repeat champions? Join us as we find out together this weekend at the Super Six at Wheeling Island Stadium!