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State Semifinal Preview: (4)Clay-Battelle at (1)Saint Marys

Whatever happens Saturday afternoon on the banks of the Ohio River, the
2014 Clay-Battelle football team already made school history.  The
Cee-Bees have won eleven games, two playoff games on campus and they are
in the semifinals for the first time.

Even though they have gone where no Cee-Bee team has before, a trip to
Wheeling is just 48 minutes away. But to get to the Island, Clay-Battelle
must do what no team has done all season, and that's beat Saint Marys. 
The Blue Devils have outscored their twelve opponents by an average of
39-9 and they haven't lost a regular season game since August of 2012.

While the Cee-Bees make their way with a balanced offense, led by junior
quarterback Jarret Hockenberry, the Blue Devils average 292 rushing yards
a game.  Almost half of that total has been racked up by senior Jeremy
Pratt, who has found the end zone 29 times.

Like the Cee-Bees, Saint Marys came make school history Saturday by
clinching their first Super 6 appearance in their final game at Imlay Field. 


State Semifinal Preview: (5)Wayne at (1)Bridgeport

Bridgeport owns seven state titles.  Wayne has won three championships since 2006 so seeing the Indians and the Pioneers marching deep through the bracket is nothing new. The two heavyweights will square off Saturday afternoon at Wayne Jamison Field with both hoping for a return trip to Wheeling.

Homefield throughout the playoffs is a familiar advantage for the Indians.  For the third time in the last four seasons, BHS has played all three of their "campus site" postseason games at Wayne Jamison Field.  This is a certain advantage Saturday, hosting a Wayne Pioneer team that makes their way into town after a 3-hour trip.

While many of Bridgeport's top skill guys like Dante Bonamico, Dylan Tonkery and Zach Spurlock were role players last year, Wayne's familiar names have returned from last year's Super 6 matchup won by the Indians.  Quarterback Grant Ferguson, and running backs Mason Hodge, Cody Stiltner and Logan Queen all share the load for an offense that is averaging just under 33 points per game.

While Bridgeport rolled to an opening round victory, Wayne was a play away from elimination on their homefield.  The Pioneers needed a fourth down conversion in the final two minutes of their first round game versus Fairmont Senior to escape with a 43-40 win.  Pioneer head coach Tom  Harmon believes that game has pulled his team together.

As with many late November games, this contest could very well be won at the point of attack, a great challenge for the Pioneers. 


State Semifinal Coach Interviews

Bridgeport head coach Josh Nicewarner

Wayne head coach Tom Harmon

Clay-Battelle head coach Ryan Wilson

Saint Marys head coach Jodi Mote 

Game Previews will be posted later this week according to the following schedule:
(5)Wayne at (1)Bridgeport - Monday
(4)Clay-Battelle at (1)Saint Marys - Friday 


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