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Week 10 H.S. Football Game Previews

Week 10 H.S. Football Game Previews:

  • (7-1)Bridgeport at (6-2)Fairmont Senior: Fresh off their bye week, Bridgeport likely controls their own destiny for the #1 seed in the Class "AA" playoffs (close regular season at Preston).  The Indians have won 26 of 36 vs. Fairmont Senior dating back to 1966.  BHS has also won 14 of the last 15 meetings.  The Indians have won 30 consecutive Big 10 Conference games.  Dante Bonamico leads the Indians with 552 rushing yards while Mitchell Winkie is the leading tackler with 41.  The Indians have allowed a Class "AA"-best 62 points.  The Polar Bears are on a 4-game winning streak (averaging 41 points per game).  Bridgeport is tied for 1st in the WVSSAC rankings while Fairmont Senior is 10th.  Last year: Bridgeport won 37-14 and 28-0 (Class "AA" quarterfinals).
  • (5-3)Buckhannon-Upshur at (5-3)Preston: The two teams tied for the last playoff spot in Class "AAA" meet in Kingwood.   Both teams control their own destiny for a playoff berth.  The loser could still potentially get in with a Week 11 victory (BU vs. Elkins, Preston vs. Bridgeport).  Buckhannon-Upshur and Preston are tied for 16th in the WVSSAC rankings.  Last year: Buckhannon-Upshur won 50-28.
  • (8-0)Clay-Battelle at (6-2)Notre Dame: The Cee-Bees won their first game without starting quarterback Jarret Hockenberry last week 20-12 at Van.  It is unlikely that Hockenberry will return until the playoffs, as he is nursing a knee injury.  The Cee-Bees are averaging 43.9 points per game.  Notre Dame has won six in a row after an 0-2 start.  They are averaging 37 points per game in the streak.  Clay-Battelle is 2nd in the WVSSAC rankings while Notre Dame is 6th.  Last year: Clay-Battelle won 36-34.
  • (5-4)Liberty at (7-1)Doddridge County: Liberty must win to keep their playoff hopes alive.  The Mountaineers (now 18th) trail Herbert Hoover by 0.66 points for the final playoff spot.  The Bulldogs have won six in a row after a Week 2 loss to Tyler Consolidated.  A victory over LHS would secure Doddridge's first playoff appearance since 2003.  Wyatt Ford continues to lead DCHS with 1,330 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns and 109 tackles.  Doddridge County is 5th in the WVSSAC rankings.  Last year: teams did not play.
  • (2-6)East Fairmont at (1-7)Philip Barbour: East has lost two in a row after winning two of three in the middle of the season.  The Colts are coming off their bye week and have not won since defeating Petersburg 10-6 in Week 6.  Last year: East Fairmont won 49-25.
  • (6-2)Robert C. Byrd at (3-5)Elkins: The Flying Eagles have won four in a row and they are pushing for a Top 8 seed.  RCB is averaging 52.8 points over the last month.  With 313 points scored, Byrd is the 5th-highest scoring team in Class "AA".  Elkins' 2-game win streak came to an end with a loss to Lewis County last week.  Morgan Kelly continues to lead the EHS rushing attack with 1,262 yards and 16 touchdowns.  Jarrette Zopp leads in tackles with 62.  Robert C. Byrd is 11th in the WVSSAC rankings.  Last year: Robert C. Byrd won 44-28.
  • (2-6)Parkersburg Catholic at (3-5)Gilmer County: Gilmer County has lost three of four to fall out of playoff contention, but victories over PCHS and Valley Fayette will give them a second consecutive .500 season.  The Crusaders have lost four in a row after a 2-2 start.  Last year: Parkersburg Catholic won 28-21.
  • (4-4)Grafton at (0-8)North Marion: The Bearcats (ranked 20th) remained in playoff contention with a come-from-behind, 50-49 victory over Lincoln in Week 9.  GHS must defeat NMHS and Ritchie County to keep hope alive.  Senior Nate Moses leads the Bearcats in yards from scrimmage with 1,163.  He has also scored a team-best 15 touchdowns.  North Marion posted a season-best 21 points in last week's loss to Robert C. Byrd.  Last year: North Marion won 44-20.
  • (6-2)Williamstown at (3-5)Ritchie County: Four consecutive losses after a 3-1 start have dropped the Rebels out of playoff contention.  Victories over WHS and Grafton however would give Ritchie four consecutive seasons at .500 or better.  The Yellow Jackets' two losses are to Class "A" #1 Saint Marys and Class "AA" #6 Ravenswood.  Williamstown is 9th in the WVSSAC rankings.  Last year: Ritchie County won 38-31.
  • (4-4)South Harrison at (3-5)Paden City: The Hawks must defeat PCHS and Wirt County to remain in playoff contention (currently in 18th and one point behind #16 Bishop Donahue).  They are in position for their best season since 2007 (last playoff appearance).  The Wildcats have lost three of four after a 2-2 start.  Last year: Paden City won 26-25.
  • (3-5)Tucker County at (0-8)Petersburg: A loss at Pendleton County has eliminated Tucker County from playoff consideration (only third team in 11 seasons they will miss the postseason).  Of Petersburg's eight losses, six have come by 32 points or more.  Last year: Tucker County won 35-27.
  • (5-3)Valley Wetzel at (5-3)Tyler Consolidated: The winner will remain firmly in Class "A" playoff contention while the loser must win in Week 11 and get help.  Valley (ranked 17th, .37 behind #16 Bishop Donahue) will close the regular season with Paden City while the Silver Knights host Oak Glen in Week 11.  Valley is seeking their first playoff appearance since 2004.  Tyler Consolidated is 14th in the WVSSAC rankings.  Last year: Tyler Consolidated won 33-14
  • (8-1)University at (4-5)Morgantown: University has won six games in a row and a victory over Morgantown will keep the Hawks in contention for homefield throughout the Class "AAA" playoffs.  Sophomore fullback Isaiah Utt returned to the lineup for the first time since Week 2 and scored two touchdowns in UHS' 29-25 win over Preston.With a win, it is unlikely that the Hawks could finish any lower than fourth, securing two playoff home games.  Morgantown is still mathematically alive to extend their postseason streak to twenty years.   University is 3rd in the WVSSAC rankings.  Last year: University won 14-3 and 9-3 (Class "AAA" 1st round).

Open Date: Braxton County(3-6), Lewis County(7-2), Lincoln(2-7), Tygarts Valley(1-8).


Week 9 Players of the Week

Week 9 Premier Bank Players of the Week: Nick Davisson (6 rec. 227 yds, 4 TDs) & Dominic Smith (9-16, 256 yds, 4 TDs) in 35-27 win at Buckhannon-Upshur.


Week 9 WVSSAC Rankings

Week 9 WVSSAC Rankings:
Class "AAA":

rank  schoolrating    won   lost   tied   total
   2CABELL MIDLAND14.22810407153
   4POINT PLEASANT13.8990047152
   6SOUTH CHARLESTON13.11810475176
   7SPRING VALLEY11.00720328237
   8PARKERSBURG SOUTH10.75620250189
   9WHEELING PARK10.38620202138
   11LEWIS COUNTY10.2272028965
   15WOODROW WILSON8.00430180145
   19GEORGE WASHINGTON7.00440203223
   23GREENBRIER EAST5.56450245318
   24JOHN MARSHALL5.25440212122
   26SPRING MILLS4.25350201289
   30ST. ALBANS3.00260201320
   32SHADY SPRING2.75260161291
   33OAK HILL1.50170147326
   36LINCOLN COUNTY0.0009081354

 Class "AA":

rank  schoolrating    won   lost   tied   total
   5MINGO CENTRAL11.25710372152
   9NICHOLAS COUNTY9.6371025987
   10FAIRMONT SENIOR9.38620239131
   11ROBERT C. BYRD9.00620313108
   13LIBERTY (RALEIGH)8.75710303124
   16HERBERT HOOVER6.88530296186
   16WYOMING EAST6.88530248175
   18LIBERTY (HARRISON)6.22540203203
   19CLAY COUNTY5.38440100181
   23RITCHIE COUNTY4.38350165240
   24ROANE COUNTY4.25350183143
   25JAMES MONROE3.63350246191
   26BRAXTON COUNTY3.44360106254
   28EAST FAIRMONT2.50260117288
   30BERKELEY SPRINGS2.25260151284
   31WEBSTER COUNTY2.13260147282
   32OAK GLEN2.11270111282
   32RIVER VIEW2.11270234381
   35PHILIP BARBOUR1.1317094218
   36SUMMERS COUNTY1.00180176315
   37MOUNT VIEW0.0008086364
   37NORTH MARION0.0008088360
 Class "A":
rank  schoolrating    won   lost   tied   total
   1ST. MARYS9.6380034265
   3TUG VALLEY9.00810267160
   4MEADOW BRIDGE8.67810396113
   5DODDRIDGE COUNTY8.38710220126
   6NOTRE DAME8.25620257214
   7PENDLETON COUNTY7.44720289151
   11GREENBRIER WEST6.88530211158
   12EAST HARDY6.75620241141
   14TYLER CONSOLIDATED6.38530183213
   16BISHOP DONAHUE5.75620297129
   17VALLEY (WETZEL)5.38530232120
   18SOUTH HARRISON4.75440168115
   18VALLEY (FAYETTE)4.75530200131
   22POCAHONTAS COUNTY3.33450203151
   23TUCKER COUNTY3.25350151183
   25GILMER COUNTY2.63350282275
   25PADEN CITY2.63350184215
   27PARKERSBURG CATHOLIC2.38260139222
   30CALHOUN COUNTY1.78270139291
   33WIRT COUNTY1.0017083316
   35TYGARTS VALLEY0.67180176359
   36MIDLAND TRAIL0.0008060325


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