Eastern Panhandle Report: Week 11

GAMES TO WATCH

CLASS AA

No. 4 Frankfort (8-1) at No. 4 Keyser (8-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last week: The Falcons had their bye and last played Sept. 25 when they defeated Hampshire, 55-20. The Golden Tornado bounced back from their first and only loss of the season in a big way, beating Mountain Ridge (Md.), 61-14.

Why it’s important: On top of this being a Mineral County rivalry, this year’s version features teams with identical 8-1 records and tied with Bluefield at No. 4 in the latest WVSSAC playoff ratings. The winner is likely to ensure itself of being in position to host two playoff games, while the loser is likely in a spot where it hosts no more than one postseason contest and will face a tougher first-round test.

Who to watch for Frankfort: The Faclons have somewhat quietly established one of the state’s top rushing attacks this season. In the win over Hampshire, Frankfort rushed for 344 yards. The ground game is keyed by Nick Marley and J.J. Blank, who combined for four rushing scores their last time out.

Who to watch for Keyser: Much like the aforementioned FHS rushing attack, Keyser is a handful on the ground. In the win over Mountain Ridge, Caden Biser rushed for 74 yards and scored twice, while Drae Allen had two rushing scorws. Biser also caught a 54-yard TD from quarterback Ryan Shoemaker, while the Golden Tornado scored a pair of defensive TDs and blocked two punts as well.

CLASS A VS. CLASS AA

No. 14 East Hardy (6-3) at Petersburg (4-5)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last week: Both teams posted shutout wins. The Cougars had their way at Trinity, 39-0. Petersburg powered past Tucker County, 43-0.

Why it’s important: East Hardy needs a win to clinch a playoff spot. Should the Vikings prevail, the Cougars will need help Friday to stay in the top 16. Petersburg can play spoiler and finish .500 in the process.

Who to watch for East Hardy: Quarterback Christian Dove can hurt opposing defenses through the air and with his legs, while wideout Andrew Tharp and running back Brayden Ritchie are reliable skill position players.

Who to watch for Petersburg: Dawson Tingler has proven to be a dual threat behind center, while Peyton Day is counted on as a playmaker.

Other games: Berkeley Springs (2-7) at Class A No. 1 Pendleton County (8-1); Hedgesville (0-9) at Class AAA No. 12 Spring Mills (5-4); Jefferson (2-7) at Washington (3-6); Class A No. 15 South Harrison (5-4) at Tucker County (0-9)





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