Billies climb to No. 4 in Class A state rankings

Paul Adkins Sports Editor

October 16, 2013

Last week’s win over Class AA county rival Chapmanville was a big one no doubt for the Single-A Man High School football team.

The Hillbillies were sure to climb in the latest rankings.

Man did just that as the Billies (5-1) rose to No. 4 in the state from the sixth spot in this week’s WVSSAC Computer Ratings.

Man, which beat Chapmanville 26-22 last week and snapped a seven-game losing skid to the Tigers, are hoping to lock up homefield advantage for the Class A playoffs which begin Nov. 15 acros the state. The Billies play at Sherman on Friday night and close out with games against Pocahontas County, Tug Valley and Van — all unranked Single-A teams.

The loss to Man knocked Chapmanville out of the top 16 to the 17th spot. The Tigers (4-3) were 13th in the state in Class AA last week. Chapmanville hosts No. 14 Mingo Central this Friday night.

Logan (4-2), after a 49-20 loss at University last week, also dropped out of the top 16 to the 18th spot in this week’s Class AAA rankings. Logan hosts Greenbrier East on Friday night.

The top 16 teams in each class qualify for the playoffs. The No. 1 through No. 8 ranked teams will get first-round home games.

In the Class A ratings, St. Marys (6-0) is ranked No. 1 with 9.67 points. Weirton Madonna (6-0) is second, Valley Fayette (6-0) third and Man fourth with 9.00 points. Williamstown (5-1) is fifth, Moorefield (6-1) sixth, East Hardy (6-0) seventh, Greenbrier West (6-1) eighth, Clay-Battelle (5-0) ninth and Wahama (6-1) 10th.

Clarksburg Notre Dame (5-1) is 11th in Class A, while Meadow Bridge (6-1) is 12th, Wheeling Central (5-2) 13th, Parkersburg Catholic (6-1) 14th, Doddridge County (5-2) 15th and Tucker County (4-3) 16th.

If the season ended today, Man would host Wheeling Central in a first-round playoff game.

In the Class AAA state rankings, Huntington (6-0) was No. 1 with 15.67 points. George Washington (6-0) was second with 14.50 points. Point Pleasant (6-0) was third, Martinsburg (6-1) fourth, Capital (5-1) fifth, University (6-1) sixth, Wheeling Park (5-1) seventh, Oak Hill (5-1) eighth, Morgantown (6-1) ninth and Cabell Midland (5-2) 10th.

South Charleston (5-2) is 11th in 3A, while Lewis County (5-1) is 12th, Spring Valley (5-2) 13th, Musselman (4-2) 14th, Jefferson (4-2) 15th and Hampshire (4-2) and Hedgesville (4-2) are tied for the 16th and final spot. Logan is 18th and 0.33 points behind Hampshire and Hedgesville.

In this week’s Class AA ratings, two-time defending state champion Wayne is still No. 1 with a 6-0 record and 11.50 points. Frankfort (6-0) is second with 11.17 points. Bluefield (5-1) is third, Bridgeport (6-1) fourth, Sissonville (5-1) fifth and Summers County (6-1) and Wyoming East (6-1) are tied for sixth. Ritchie County (5-2) is eighth, Fairmont (4-2) ninth and Ravenswood (4-2) 10th.

Nicholas County (5-2) and Philip Barbour (5-2) are tied for 11th, Lincoln (5-2) 13th, Mingo Central (4-2) 14th, Roane County (4-2) 15th and Keyser (4-3) 16th. Chapmanville is 17th and 0.57 points behind the 16th-place Golden Tornado.

If the season ended today, Mingo Central would travel to Bluefield for a first-round playoff game. The Miners, along with Wayne and Sissonville, are members of the Cardinal Conference along with the Chapmanville Tigers.