The high school football championships are less than two weeks away and still a lot of questions remain! But, before we look ahead, let’s take a quick look back!
Last weekend, the quarter-finals were much like the 1st round with several games lacking opponents! In Class AAA, only one game was actually played out of the possible four. In that lone matchup, the Black Eagles of South Charleston proved worthy of their number two seed as the young men from Kanawha County strolled past a very good Princeton team by a final of 57-18! Coming into the game, no one would have been surprised if South Charleston would of had to shed the rust of not playing since October 30th, however Trey Dunn connected with Shyleik Kinney for a 69-yard touchdown pass on SC’s first play from scrimmage and the Black Eagles were on their way to keeping an undefeated season in tack. The Princeton Tigers ended their season with a 6-3 record and the three losses came to just two teams as the Tigers of Head Coach Chris Pedigo had lost two games to Bluefield during the regular season. For the other three games in Class AAA last weekend, Covid 19 was the winner again as the coronavirus knocked out #9 Spring Mills, #3 Musselman and #4 Martinsburg!
In Class AA last weekend, all four games were played even though we had to wait til Sunday for the final contest! On Friday night, #2 Bluefield defeated #10 North Marion 33-10 and #6 Fairmont Senior prevailed over #14 Independence 43-15. On Saturday afternoon, #5 Oak Glen and #13 Herbert Hoover met in a high scoring affair and the Golden Bears defeated the Huskies 53-26! In the lone game played Sunday afternoon, #8 Robert C. Byrd played their first game in the playoffs and ran past #16 Elkins 33-6!
In Class A, three games were played with one on Saturday afternoon and the other two on Sunday! In the Saturday game, #7 surprised #2 Greenbrier West 38-29 by scoring 19 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to upset the previously unbeaten Cavaliers! Win the win, the Rebels improved to (10-2) on the season. In the two Sunday games, #4 St. Marys and #5 Midland Trail teamed up for an old fashioned donny-brook as St. Marys outscored Midland Trail 52-49! The other Sunday encounter found #8 Pendleton County defeating #16 Tygarts Valley 41-17! As noted, only 3 games were played in the quarter-finals in Class A and that is where Covid 19 won again as the matchup between #11 Tolsia and #14 East Hardy was wiped out because of that dreaded color coded map!
So, what is in store this weekend for the semi-finals? Well, in Class AAA we have no guarantee either game will be played! On the schedule we have #1 Cabell Midland hosting #5 Bridgeport Sunday afternoon at 3pm. However, Cabell County will have to work on the orange color if the Knights are to play. In the bottom of the bracket, the same goes for that semi-final! Scheduled to kick at 5pm Sunday is #3 Musselman at #2 South Charleston. However, Berkeley County is in the dreaded red color, so best of luck to the Applemen!
In Class AA, the Saturday contest between #2 Bluefield and #6 Fairmont Senior will kick off at 4pm at Mitchell Stadium in Bluefield and it is always a great game when these two AA powers meet. In the top half of the bracket we have #8 Robert C. Byrd scheduled to visit #5 Oak Glen on Sunday at 5pm, but that is only if Hancock County can get out of the orange color on the Covid color coded map that will come out Saturday evening.
In Class A, we have one game scheduled and one game already in the Class A finals. And, if the map color does not change to the good for Ritchie County, then the Rebels would have to forfeit! Which means, the winner of the semi-final game between #4 St. Marys and #8 Pendleton County would be declared the 2020 Class A State Champion without ever playing in the state championship game! The game on Saturday is scheduled for a 1:30 kick at St. Marys!
So, as you can see, will we have a Super Six or a Super Four? And, where will the championship games be played? Right now, Wheeling is still designated as the site, however Ohio County is like a lot of other WV counties and they are in the wrong color! According to the WVSSAC, the decision to play the championships in Wheeling or move the games somewhere else will probably by made no later than Friday morning of this week! And if they move the games, where do they move them to? Stay tuned….those questions and more will be answered and you’ll hear those answers on MetroNews GAMENIGHT! Our final show of the season will be this Friday, November 27th; so make plans to join Dave Jecklin and me from 9:30 til Midnight for all of those answers and more!