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CLASS AAA

#16 Lewis County (7-3)

#1 Huntington (10-0)

Saturday, Nov. 16 - 1:30 p.m.

No. 16 Lewis County has the cards stacked against them as they travel to take on the top team in Class AAA, the Huntington Highlanders.

The Highlanders outscored their opponents 362-93 this season, holing each opponent under 20 points.

Lewis County has one of the best defenses in the state this year, pitching four shutouts. But the Minutemen struggled against playoff bound opponents, going 0-3 against them.

"They've been dominant defensively all year," said Lewis County Head Coach Eddie Vincent. "They've won big games. We know we have to give a little extra special effort, and play a great game and who knows what can happen."

"We take each game with a different approach and prepare each week for a good opponent, and obviously this week we have a good one," said Huntington Head Coach Billy Seals. "Everybody here is a good football team and that's why we're still playing."

 

#15 Spring Valley (6-4)

#2 Martinsburg (9-1)

Saturday, Nov. 16 - 1:30 p.m.

 

#14 Hurricane (6-4)

#3 Capital (9-1)

Friday, Nov. 15 - 7:30 p.m.

 

#13 Logan (7-3)

#4 Point Pleasant (10-0)

Friday, Nov. 15 - 7:30 p.m.

 

#12 South Charleston (7-3)

#5 Wheeling Park (9-1)

Friday, Nov. 15 - 7:30 p.m.

 

#11 Morgantown (8-2)

#6 University (9-1)

Saturday, Nov. 16 - 7:30 p.m.

There are few rivalries in West Virginia quite like the MoHawk Bowl, pinning Monongalia County rivals Morgantown and University.

The Hawks hosted the Mohigans during week 10, which happened to be the final regular season game for both teams. University defeated Morgantown 14-3 for the first time in five years.

The Mohigans were without Kennedy Award candidate and star tailback Chazzy Thomas for much of the second half. When Thomas was on the field, he couldn't find the burst that everyone is so accustomed to seeing. University kept Morgantown from doing much of anything during the entirety of the contest.

University has held its last three opponents under 10 points, and Jack Armstrong is arguably the most dangerous kickoff returner in the state.

But the past is the past, and both coaches are focused on Saturday.

"The MoHawk bowl is nice, you get a trophy, but it's only one-tenth of the season," said Hawks Head Coach John Kelley. "There ain't no ducking, Morgantown is a premier program and you have to play the best there is in the tournament. Whether you play them in the first round, second round or the third round, you've got to get by them so you might as well find out early."

"The coaches are invigorated by the chance to play them again," said Morgantown Head Coach John Bowers. "Sure it's a great team. At this point, they're all great teams. So absolutely this is an exciting time."

 

#10 Washington (7-3)

#7 Cabell Midland (8-2)

Saturday, Nov. 16 - 1:30 p.m.

 

#9 Oak Hill (8-2)

#8 George Washington (8-2)

Friday, Nov. 15 - 7:30 p.m. 

 

CLASS AA

#16 Philip Barbour (6-4)

#1 Wayne (10-1)

Friday, Nov. 15 - 7:30 p.m.

Philip Barbour will certainly have its hands full when the Colts take the trip down to Wayne County on Friday night.

The Pioneers are the defending Class AA State Champion and have ripped off another undefeated season in 2013. Wayne finished the year with an overall record of 10-0.

Wayne has not scored less than 28 points in a single game this season.

Philip Barbour, on the other hand, is making a return trip to the playoffs for the first time in five years. The Colts will be depending on a strong performance from Andre Johnson and Dylan Johnson in order to pull the upset.

Kickoff is set for Friday night at 7:30.

"This team has been under a microscope this year, considering the last two football seasons we've had. They've handled it pretty well. We've been fortunate enough to win 10 games and get ourselves prepared for what's to come," Wayne Head Football Coach Tom Harmon said.

"We're well aware of what Wayne County is and their winning streak and their record. We know we have our hands full. We're going to prepare as best as we can, go down and see what we can do. They have 98 kids on their roster I think. I think we're going to take 38 down or something," Philip Barbour Head Football Coach Curtis Bodkins said.

 

#15 Roane County (7-3)

#2 Bridgeport (9-1)

Friday, Nov. 15 - 7:30 p.m.

Bridgeport is the No. 2 overall seed in Class AA, which means the Indians will have home field advantage throughout the postseason.

Bridgeport will host Roane County on Friday night at 7:30. Roane County finished 7-3 this year and is the No. 15 seed.

The Raiders began the year 1-2, but have since made big strides to make the playoffs.

Bridgeport, on the other hand, is rolling into the playoffs, winners of its last eight games. Indians Head Coach Josh Nicewarner said it would be a disappointment to not make it to Wheeling.

"We talked going in to this season. We set one goal. We're definitely not a goal oriented team. We figure that if we set out to accomplish that one goal then everything else will take care of itself. I think I can very easily speak for the rest of my guys, and tell you we'll definitely be disappointed," Bridgeport Head Football Coach Josh Nicewarner said.

"What sticks out in my mind is the win against Keyser; 41-0 and Keyser is a traditional Class AA powerhouse. We got our work cut out for us I'm sure. But we'll plan and scheme and do the best we can to come up there Friday night and play the best ball that we're capable of," Roane County Head Football Coach Paul Burdette said.

 

#14 Ravenswood (6-4)

#3 Bluefield (8-2)

Saturday, Nov. 16 - 7:30 p.m.

 

#13 Robert C. Byrd (7-3)

#4 Frankfort (8-2)

Friday, Nov. 15 - 7:30 p.m.

The Robert C. Byrd Eagles will head out to Frankfort on Friday night. The Falcons are the 4th seed in the state playoffs.

RCB and Frankfort know a little bit about each other. The Eagles and Falcons met in a preseason scrimmage back in August.

RCB Head Coach Bruce Carey said he expects star running back Ben D'Annunzio to play on Friday. The Eagles will certainly need him. Frankfort has only lost once at home this season.

Both coaches said they are looking forward to the challenge.

"I really like their head coach. I think Bruce is a class act and a good guy. He's done a lot of good things in his coaching career. I admire him and it's a good opportunity to coach against a veteran coach in a playoff game," Frankfort Head Football Coach Kevin Whiteman said.

"We'll see how much they did improve. Of course, I'm sure they have too. They're about our size and run the Wing-T. So we're going to have to be disciplined about staying at home and all of the misdirection and things," Robert C. Byrd Head Football Coach Bruce Carey said.

 

#12 Ritchie County (7-3)

#5 Summers County (9-1)

Saturday, Nov. 16 - 1:30 p.m.

The Rebels are about as fun of a team to watch as there is in West Virginia.

Ritchie County finished the year on an upswing, beating Grafton 48-14. Quarterback Alex Lipscomb proved to be far more than an offensive player, notching a pair of interceptions that helped break open a close first half. Defense hasn't always been strong for the Rebels, who give up nearly 24 points per game.

For No. 5 Summers County, defense is not an issue. The most the Bobcats have surrendered is 23 points, which came in their lone loss of the year to a team from Virginia.

"Whichever team comes out and is more physical. Whichever team blocks and tackles better and whoever takes care of the ball will come out on top," said Summers County Head Coach Nate Tanner.

"The kids have done a really good job and it's really all about the kids. It's what they do," said Ritchie County Head Coach Mike Dawson. "I call plays and when they execute them, I'm a genius, and when they don't I'm an idiot. But it really comes down to the kids."

 

#11 Nicholas County (8-2)

#6 Wyoming East (9-1)

Friday, Nov. 15 - 7:30 p.m.

 

#10 Keyser (7-3)

#7 Fairmont Senior (8-2)

Friday, Nov. 15 - 7:30 p.m.

No. 7 Fairmont Senior will host No. 10 Keyser on Friday night from East-West Stadium for what should be one of the more competitive games during the 2013 state playoffs.

The Polar Bears have rebounded nicely after dropping two straight on the road to a pair of postseason teams (Bridgeport and Frankfort).

Since then, Fairmont Senior has outscored its opponents 188-42, tallying four straight wins.

At 7-3, Keyser is no slouch, currently playing its best football of the year. The Golden Tornado have lots of momentum, following a marquee win over No. 4 Frankfort two weeks ago. The team also has a tough defense that's allowed just three points in its past two contests.

"You know we got our work cut out for us. They're a big, physical team with a nice running back. They get athletes out in space and are pretty aggressive on defense," said Keyser Head Coach Sean Bisner.

"We finished our tenth game on a win, and actually finished our last four with wins. Hopefully we have a little more momentum and we get to host one, so our kids are excited," said Fairmont Senior Head Coach J.L. Abbott. 

 

#9 Mingo Central (8-2)

#8 Sissonville (9-1)

Friday, Nov. 15 - 7:30 p.m. 

 

CLASS A

#16 Tucker County (6-4)

#1 Madonna (10-0)

Friday, Nov. 15 - 7:30 p.m.

No. 16 Tucker County goes on the road to face No. 1 Madonna on Friday night.

The top-ranked Blue Dons are about as dominant of a team as there is in West Virginia. The defending state title runners-up beat the Mountain Lions a year ago on its way to Wheeling.

Tucker County pitched three shutouts this year and stand behind a tough defense. But every defense has its holes, which was exposed last Friday when Notre Dame hung 46 points in the game.

"We're glad to be there," Tucker County Head Coach A.J. Rapp said. "There are a of teams at home right now. Our whole thing every year is we tell our kids lets get in and see what happens and the only thing we ask for is a chance, and we got that chance."

 

#15 East Hardy (7-3)

#2 St. Marys (10-0)

Friday, Nov. 15 - 7:30 p.m.

 

#14 Magnolia (6-4)

#3 Valley Fayette (10-0)

Saturday, Nov. 16 - 1:30 p.m.

 

#13 Wheeling Central Catholic (6-4)

#4 Williamstown (8-2)

Friday, Nov. 15 - 7:30 p.m.

 

#12 Bishop Donahue (7-3)

#5 Man (9-1)

Saturday, Nov. 16 - 1:30 p.m.

 

#11 Meadow Bridge (8-2)

#6 Moorefield (9-1)

Friday, Nov. 15 - 7:30 p.m.

 

#10 Notre Dame (7-3)

#7 Greenbrier West (9-1)

Friday, Nov. 15 - 7:30 p.m.

Notre Dame finished with a huge win in week 11, beating playoff-bound Tucker County. It was the Irish' fourth straight game against a playoff opponent.

The Irish opened the year with four straight wins, holding opponents to under 22 points in each game. Since then, they've gone 3-3, only holding one opponent under that number.

The Irish' first round opponent, Greenbrier West,  has featured one of the best defenses in the state. Summers County is the only team to have scored more than 20 points on the Cavaliers. The Irish scored 27 points on the Bobcats defense.

"These seniors have really stepped up and worked hard, and made everyone else follow them. The kids have followed suit. It hasn't surprised us, but it's been a happy one," Notre Dame Head Coach Sam Alvaro said.

 

#9 Clay-Battelle (8-1)

#8 Wahama (9-1)

Saturday, Nov. 16 - 7:30 p.m. - at Point Pleasant High School

Clay-Battelle hits the road to start the playoffs at Class A's defending state champion, Wahama.

The Cee Bees had their hands full in week 11 against Madonna, but the loss is the only blemish on their resume. The loss was the first time this year the Cee Bees were held under 35 points.

The Wahama Falcons know a little something about scoring too. Wahama has scored 60 or more points four times and has only been held under 45 points twice.

"On Monday, I'm going to put "one" on the board. We're playing one game. I'm not looking down the road, we're not looking at next week, or down the road. You're looking at this week. You have to win this week. Then you take things from there then," Clay-Battelle Head Coach Ryan Wilson said.