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Might We See New Teams In Wheeling In December?

As we enter week #7 of the high school football season for 2019, we have several teams with some work to do!  And, with that said, let’s have a little fun right now and play some “what if”!

“What if” the 2019 Super Six was scheduled for this coming weekend?  Interestingly enough, only two of the six teams that made it to last year’s Super Six would be heading back to the northern panhandle to compete this year.  According to the WVSSAC rankings that were released last Tuesday, only Martinsburg in Class AAA and Fairmont Senior in Class AA would earn the repeat trip!  Right now, this year’s Super Six lineup of teams would find Cabell Midland and Martinsburg competing in the AAA game – Fairmont Senior and Keyser in the AA contest – and two newbee’s in Class A, with Pendleton County and Doddridge County sitting in the top two spots!  And, to be honest, after watching the outcome of games through the first six weeks, the above lineup of teams could indeed be the lineup we see on December 6th & 7th on the Island in Wheeling!  But, the good news for all of the teams not listed in the above scenario, it is a long time before the season ends!

Coming up this weekend, there are several games that will be worth the ticket price in all three classes!  Beginning in Class A, the big game of the weekend will find undefeated Tygarts Valley at undefeated Pendleton County!  So far this season, the Bulldogs of Tygarts Valley have outscored their first five opponents 212-103, while the Wildcats of Pendleton County have bested their first five foes by a score of 172-52!  So it will be the offensive strength of Tygarts Valley going again the defensive strength of Pendleton County!  Another game in Class A this weekend where both teams need to keep winning to keep their playoff homes alive will find the Rebels of Ritchie County (4-1) on the road to face the Hawks of South Harrison (3-2).  The only loss this season for Ritchie came two weeks ago to undefeated Doddridge County and after starting the season (0-2), South Harrison has won three in a row and the Hawks are playing some really good football right now.

In Class AA this weekend, a real good matchup will take place in Putnam County when the Winfield Generals (4-1) will travel to Poca to battle the undefeated (6-0) Dots.  Through their first six games this season, Poca has outscored their opponents 308-81 (51 to 13.5 avg) while the Generals have won four games in a row after dropping their season opener to Class AAA Hurricane.  Winfield has also shown they can light up the scoreboard as their 70-34 win over Logan last Friday night proves!  Also in Class AA, the Shady Spring Tigers (5-1) will travel to Wyoming County to take on the undefeated (5-0) Warriors of Wyoming East.  The only loss on the schedule for the Tigers is a 6 point defeat at the hands of Nicholas County, while included in the five wins of Wyoming East is a 4 point win at Nicholas County.  This Class AA encounter should be a good one!

In Class AAA this weekend, two of the better games will find teams with either a .500 record or a losing record involved.  Certainly one big rivalry game will find the Huntington Highlanders (3-2) on the road to Putnam County where they will take on the (2-4) Redskins of Hurricane.  The Redskins lost a heartbreaker last Friday night when Head Coach Jeremy Taylor elected to go for a two point conversion that failed and left his Redskins on the short end of a 28-27 defeat at George Washington.  The combined won/loss record for the Redskin’s opponents this season is 22-12.  For the Huntington Highlanders of Head Coach Billy Seals, they have lost by 1 point on the road at George Washington and by 9 at home last Friday night to undefeated Parkersburg South.  With both teams having a very tough Mountain State Athletic Conference schedule of games remaining, a win this Friday night is very important for both teams.   This Friday night will also prove to be interesting for Spring Mills as Head Coach Chad Williams takes his band of Cardinals on the road to Martinsburg to tangle with the Bulldogs!  Spring Mills is currently (3-2) on the season and Martinsburg is rolling along again sitting at (6-0)!  Martinsburg has won 48 consecutive games which currently sits at 2nd in the Nation and last week saw the 3rd and 4th quarter clocks start at 6:00 minutes, with the 4th quarter clock being a running clock because of the score.  The Bulldogs defeated Washington last Friday night 62-0, which by the way was the halftime score; hence the reason for the shortened second half.

The 2019 high school football season continues to fly by, so try and get out and watch a game in your area this weekend!  You will find there is no better family entertainment to be found!  And, after the game when you’re driving home, make certain you tune your car radio to GAMENIGHT…..the show is heard on over 40 great radio stations around the state and we will give you all the scores of all the games played on Friday night!  Don’t forget, you can also listen and watch the show live at wvmetronews.com!

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