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Week 6 Game Previews

Week 6 H.S. Football Game Previews (all games Friday, 7:30 unless otherwise noted):

  • (4-1)Bridgeport at (1-3)Elkins/Thursday: In five games, Bridgeport has yielded just 232 rushing yards and 35 points.  They lead Class "AA" in fewest points allowed.  Bridgeport leads the all-time series vs. Elkins 9-2 and they have yielded just 34 points in the last seven meetings.  Dylan Tonkery has taken over the top spot on the Indian rushing yards list with 488 while Dante Bonamico leads with seven touchdowns.  10.5 of Michael Gray's team-leading 25 tackles are for loss (2.5 sacks).  Morgan Kelly leads the Elkins offense in rushing yards (677) and touchdowns (8).  The Indians are tied for 4th in the WVSSAC rankings.  Last year: Bridgeport won 49-0.
  • (2-3)Gilmer County at (0-5)Tygarts Valley/Thursday: In their last three games, Gilmer County has scored 157 points.  However, a 69-52 loss at Buffalo dropped the Titans below .500 and halted their 2-game winning streak.  TVHS is coming off a season-best 28-point performance at East Hardy, yet the Bulldogs are allowing 47.6 points per game.  Last year: Gilmer County won 38-21.
  • (2-2)South Harrison at (2-3)Calhoun County/7:00: The Hawks have already matched their 2013 win total.  In their two wins, South has outscored their opponents 89-19.  The trip to Mount Zion will represent their last road game until Week 10 (Paden City).  Calhoun County has defeated a pair of area teams (Gilmer County, Tygarts Valley) while losing to another (Tyler Consolidated) in Week 5.  Last year: South Harrison won 25-18.
  • (2-3)Braxton County at (3-2)Liberty: This series returns to Clarksburg for the first time since an 8-7, double overtime victory by the Eagles in 2012.  Liberty's 3-game win streak was halted by Weir last week while the Eagles have now dropped two in a row after falling to Roane County.  This is just Liberty's second home game of the season.  Logan Robey leads the Mountaineers in rushing yards (720) and touchdowns (9).  Last year: Braxton County won 39-0.
  • (3-2)Fairmont Senior at (1-4)Lincoln: Fairmont Senior's three wins have been by an average of 23.7 points per game while their two losses have come by an average of 18.5 points per game.  This is the first of three consecutive road games for the Westsiders.  The Cougars have a pair of receivers with 20-plus catches in Anthony Kellar and Chase Riley.  The Polar Bears are tied for 13th in the WVSSAC rankings.  Last year: Fairmont Senior won 46-16.
  • (3-1)Buckhannon-Upshur at (4-1)Lewis County: The Route 33 rivals meet in South Weston with each squad carrying just one loss.  BUHS has won three in a row, outscoring their opponents 134-34 in the process.  Lewis has won back-to-back games after a narrow loss at Bridgeport.  Isaac Kemper leads the Minutemen in rushing yards (384) and touchdowns (6).  BU's Brandon Mallett scored three of his five touchdowns last week at Oak Hill.  This game features two of the area's top kickers.  Lewis' Kurtis "Riley" Gunter has scored 29 points while BUHS' Trey Short follows with 21.  LCHS' Eddie Vincent led BU to four playoff appearances in his final five seasons there in the last decade.  BUHS' Duane Stoeckle was one of his assistants.  BU has already matched their 2013 win total.  The 42 points allowed by Lewis ranks 2nd-best in Class "AAA" (Point Pleasant).  The Minutemen are 11th in the WVSSAC rankings while the Buccaneers are 16th.  Last year: Lewis County won 31-20.
  • (4-0)Clay-Battelle at (4-0)Valley Wetzel: The last of the area's unbeaten teams will square off in Pine Grove.  Valley Wetzel has already doubled their 2013 win total.  The Lumberjacks are averaging 42.8 points per game.  This will be their first home contest since a 30-14 win over Bridgeport(OH) in their season opener.  Meanwhile, the Cee-Bees are averaging 51.5 points per game.  Three of their four wins (Paden City, Midland Trail and Bellaire Saint John's(OH)) have come by 40 points or more.  The Cee-Bees are 5th in the WVSSAC rankings while the Lumberjacks are 9th.  Last year: Clay-Battelle won 45-22.
  • (3-1)Doddridge County at (0-4)Wirt County: The Bulldogs picked up a critical victory for their playoff chances with a 20-14 overtime win vs. Ritchie County in Week 5.  Wyatt Ford scored the winning touchdown on 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard line.  Ford continues to lead the Bulldogs in rushing yards (585), points scored (44) and tackles (67).  Wirt County has scored just 44 points in their 0-4 start and all of their losses have come by fifteen points or more.  The Bulldogs are tied for 7th in the WVSSAC rankings.  Last year: Doddridge County won 18-16.
  • (0-4)North Marion at (1-4)East Fairmont: The Huskies held a second half lead in Week 5 vs. Preston but wound up falling to the Knights 42-19.  This is the first of three consecutive road games for North Marion.  East Fairmont's Jake Delaney has tossed five touchdowns and has thrown for 629 yards but he has also tossed ten interceptions.  This is the final home game of the year for the Bees (East-West Game is a Polar Bear home game).  Last year: North Marion won 25-22.
  • (2-2)Notre Dame at (3-2)Grafton: The Bearcats have lost two in a row after a 3-0 start.  Nate Moses has paced the GHS offense with ten touchdowns.  This is the fourth consecutive home game for the Bearcats.  Notre Dame's 5-game road swing to open up the season finally has reached the finish line with their shortest road trip of the season.  The Irish erased a 6-0 halftime deficit to win at River View 34-14 last week.  Last year: Notre Dame won 12-7.
  • (0-5)Philip Barbour at (0-4)Petersburg: Two of the Colts' last three losses have been by seven points or less.  They have yet to score twenty points in a game.  The Vikings have scored only 25 points in their 0-4 start.  Last year: Philip Barbour won 28-21.
  • (4-0)Ravenswood at (3-2)Ritchie County: The Red Devil offense is averaging 49.5 points per game and they scored 60 points against previously unbeaten Williamstown in Week 5.  Ritchie County's two losses have come to teams with a combined 7-1 record (Saint Marys, Doddridge County).  This will be RCHS' final home game prior to their Week 10 meeting with Williamstown.  The Rebels are 16th in the WVSSAC rankings.  Last year: Ravenswood won 43-21.
  • (3-2)Tyler Consolidated at (4-1)Buffalo: The Silver Knights are in the middle of a 4-game road swing.  Tyler has managed just 14 points in their two losses while scoring 120 in their three wins.  The Bison are coming off a 69-52 win over Gilmer County in Week 5.  The Silver Knights are tied for 16th in the WVSSAC rankings.  Last year: Tyler Consolidated won 46-14.
  • (2-3)Greenbrier East at (4-1)University: University erased a halftime deficit to post a 42-21 win at Musselman in their best offensive performance of the year in Week 5.  It was their first game of the season decided by more than nine points.  The Spartans have yielded 49 points or more in three of their five games.  The Hawks are tied for 5th in the WVSSAC rankings.  Last year: University won 56-24.
  • (3-2)Morgantown at (3-1)Wayne: Morgantown could not hold a fourth-quarter lead vs. 4-time defending state champion Martinsburg in Week 5 and the Mohigans have now dropped two of their last three games.  This game is part of a critical 3-game road swing where MHS will also face Wheeling Park and Musselman.  Wayne finished as the Class "AA" runner-up in 2013, losing to Bridgeport 14-13 in the final.  The Pioneers' lone loss in 2014 is to Class "AAA" unbeaten Point Pleasant, 38-14.  The Mohigans are 15th in the WVSSAC rankings.  Last year: teams did not play.
  • (0-4)Hedgesville at (3-2)Preston: The Knights have erased second half deficits in all three of their victories (Hampshire, Elkins, North Marion).  Josiah Nuse leads the Knight offense in rushing yards (795) and touchdowns (11).  This is Preston's first home game since their Week 1 win over Hampshire.  HHS is yielding 50.8 points per game in their 0-4 start.  Last year: Hedgesville won 46-40.

Open Dates: Robert C. Byrd (3-2), Tucker County (2-3)


Week 5 Player of the Week

Week 5 Premier Bank Player of the Week: Buckhannon-Upshur's Brandon Mallett (202 rush yards, 3 TD in 41-27 win at Oak Hill).


Week 5 WVSSAC Ratings

Week 5 WVSSAC Ratings

Class "AAA":

rank  schoolrating    won   lost   tied   total
   1CABELL MIDLAND13.8050024091
   3POINT PLEASANT12.2050026525
   5SOUTH CHARLESTON11.20410237103
   8SPRING VALLEY10.80410178142
   9PARKERSBURG SOUTH10.2531013280
   9WHEELING PARK10.253107950
   11LEWIS COUNTY10.0041014942
   12GEORGE WASHINGTON9.5031011096
   12WOODROW WILSON9.5031014066
   18JOHN MARSHALL7.0031013553
   20SPRING MILLS6.80320146145
   25GREENBRIER EAST4.60230141192
   26SHADY SPRING4.20230128156
   28ST. ALBANS3.00130101139
   35LINCOLN COUNTY0.0005034222
   35OAK HILL0.0004077146
 Class "AA":
rank  schoolrating    won   lost   tied   total
   7MINGO CENTRAL8.40410201121
   11NICHOLAS COUNTY7.7531012939
   12HERBERT HOOVER7.5031015890
   13FAIRMONT SENIOR7.0032011783
   13LIBERTY (RALEIGH)7.0041017873
   13ROBERT C. BYRD7.0032014587
   16RITCHIE COUNTY6.60320123113
   17CLAY COUNTY6.403203578
   18LIBERTY (HARRISON)5.80320129123
   21JAMES MONROE4.7522013479
   23ROANE COUNTY4.2023011588
   24WEBSTER COUNTY4.00220104157
   24WYOMING EAST4.00230128120
   26BRAXTON COUNTY3.8023059125
   28EAST FAIRMONT2.0014073193
   29BERKELEY SPRINGS1.8014091209
   29OAK GLEN1.8014067130
   29RIVER VIEW1.80140160204
   34MOUNT VIEW0.0004020190
   34NORTH MARION0.0004053165
   34PHILIP BARBOUR0.0005072158
   34SUMMERS COUNTY0.0005087182
Class "A":
rank  schoolrating    won   lost   tied   total
   1ST. MARYS8.7540018833
   3PENDLETON COUNTY7.8050019151
   6GREENBRIER WEST7.6041016985
   7DODDRIDGE COUNTY7.0031010470
   9VALLEY (WETZEL)6.7540017130
   10TUG VALLEY6.4041012286
   12MEADOW BRIDGE6.0041020660
   14EAST HARDY5.8041017789
   15VALLEY (FAYETTE)5.6041013465
   16TYLER CONSOLIDATED4.80320134159
   18NOTRE DAME4.5022099131
   18SOUTH HARRISON4.5022011267
   21BISHOP DONAHUE3.5022013395
   21PADEN CITY3.502209495
   24POCAHONTAS COUNTY3.0023010180
   24TUCKER COUNTY3.002309691
   26CALHOUN COUNTY2.80230118159
   28GILMER COUNTY2.60230187188
   34MIDLAND TRAIL0.0005045231
   34TYGARTS VALLEY0.0005081238
   34WIRT COUNTY0.0004044158


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