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High School Football Playoffs Schedule: Quarterfinals

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CLASS AAA

#8 George Washington (9-2)

#1 Huntington (11-1)

Friday, November 22 - 7:30 p.m.

 

#5 Wheeling Park (10-1)

#4 Point Pleasant (11-0)

Friday, November 22 - 7:30 p.m.

 

#7 Cabell Midland (9-2)

#2 Martinsburg (11-0)

Saturday, November 23 - 1:30 p.m.

 

#6 University (10-1)

#3 Capital (10-1)

Saturday, November 23 - 1:30 p.m. 

University will venture all the way down I-79 to Laidley Field in Charleston. The Hawks will take on No. 3 Capital on Saturday at 1:30.

The Hawks arrived at the quarterfinal round by beating rival Morgantown for the second time this season. University beat Morgantown 9-3 in a defensive battle.

The Hawks will need that same defensive effort on Saturday. The Capital Cougars are extremely athletic and feature one of the top players in the state in Tyrhee Pratt.

The sophomore quarterback is the clear-cut leader of the Cougars.

University Head Coach John Kelley has been around this block before. He said the Hawks are well prepared for the challenge.

"We're not necessarily a drive it down your throat team. We're a big play team. So we need big plays. It's going to be a bit of a different look because they have better athletes in the secondary. But we beat a good football team twice in Morgantown High. One that many people picked to win the thing. So I mean, we're going to have tremendous respect for Capital, but we're not going to be intimidated by them," Kelley said.

"We've got two defensive lineman who we think are pretty good. They're going to make us go. Just like our quarterback and running back will make us go on offense, Jason Dyer and James Walton will make it go on defense," Capital Head Football Coach Jon Carpenter said.

 

CLASS AA

#8 Sissonville (10-1)

#1 Wayne (11-0)

Friday, November 22 - 7:30 p.m.

 

#13 Robert C. Byrd (8-3)

#12 Ritchie County (8-3)

Friday, November 22 - 7:30 p.m.

Ritchie County was not planning on hosting any game during this year's playoffs. But as it turns out, the Rebels will have a chance to do so.

The Rebels march into Friday's game as the No. 12 seed, while their opponent, the Robert C. Byrd Eagles, are the No. 13 seed.

Byrd is coming off an upset win on the road at Frankfort during the first round. Ritchie County is also on the upswing after an upset victory down at Summers County.

The Eagles offense has been transformed with the play of sophomore quarterback Julian Marino. However the Rebels are a very confident group.

"They beat Lincoln. Our only common opponent was Lincoln. I'm sure they're a nice team and they're getting to play at home. They beat number five seed Summers County. We're in for a battle I'm sure," Robert C. Byrd Head Football Coach Bruce Carey said.

"We're really thrilled to be home. I know the seniors have talked about the fact that the last game that they played on senior night, we lost to Tyler. So they get a chance to kind of redeem that a little bit. But at this point in the season, any win is a good win because if you lose then you're done. So we're happy to be where we're at," Ritchie County Head Football Coach Mike Dawson said.

 

#2 Bridgeport (10-1)

#7 Fairmont Senior (9-2)

Saturday, November 23 - 1:30 p.m.

Fairmont Senior and Bridgeport will meet in one of the four Quarterfinal games in the Class AA High School Football State Playoffs.

Saturday's game will be the second meeting between the two local schools this year. Bridgeport hammered the Polar Bears 37-14 in the first contest in Week 5.

The Polar Bears forced Bridgeport back into its Stick-I offense, but it did not matter. The Indians made news prior to the start of the season when the coaching staff decided to scrap the classic Stick-I offense, which had made the Bridgeport football program so successful over the years. Instead, Bridgeport has adopted a read-option pistol offense, which has worked to its benefit this season.

Fairmont Senior will be without starting tailback Noah Harmon and quarterback Austin Norman. Norman suffered a season-ending injury during the Polar Bears' first round win over Keyser.

Coaches say they're ready for round two on Saturday at 1:30.

"Both of our schools have a pretty good rivalry going between us, especially since both of us dropped down to Class AA. Our girls played each other in the State Championship for soccer. Our boys basketball teams played in the state semifinals in basketball and baseball. So our kids really know each other," Fairmont Senior Head Football Coach J.L. Abbott said.

"At this stage in the game it's so much more about the Jimmy's and Joe's, rather than the X's and O's. I know they've got some good ones. Like I was saying earlier, they're going to be a physical team. They're going to come out and they're going to smack you. They're going to play aggressive defense and they've got the athletes on offense to score quickly. So it doesn't matter if we know them or not, we've got to be able to stop them. We've got to be able to block them," Bridgeport Head Football Coach Josh Nicewarner said.

 

#11 Nicholas County (9-2)

#3 Bluefield (9-2)

Friday, November 22 - 7:30 p.m.

 

CLASS A

#8 Wahama (10-1)

#1 Madonna (11-0)

Saturday, November 23 - 7:30 p.m.

 

#12 Bishop Donahue (8-3)

#4 Williamstown (9-2)

Saturday, November 23 - 1:30 p.m.

 

#7 Greenbrier West (10-1)

#2 St. Marys (11-0)

Saturday, November 23 - 1:30 p.m.

 

#14 Magnolia (7-4)

#6 Moorefield (10-1)

Saturday, November 23 - 1:30 p.m.