With the high school football playoffs just a week away, the Man Hillbillies and the Logan Wildcats hope to soon make some noise.
Man High School (8-1) rose to a fourth-place tie with Moorefield (8-1) in this week’s Class A state computer ratings which were released on Tuesday afternoon by the WVSSAC. The Billies won 24-14 at Tug Valley last week and hope to close out the regular season with nine straight wins and a win at home over Van on Friday night.
Logan High School (6-3) is tied for 15th place in the state in this week’s Class AAA ratings with Hampshire (6-3). Logan needs a win on Friday night at home over Scott to advance to the post-season.
In this week’s Class A ratings, Weirton Madonna (9-0) is No. 1 with 11.33 points. St. Marys (9-0) is second with 10.89 points. Valley Fayette (9-0) is third, while Man and Moorefield are locked up at No. 4. Sixth-place belongs to Clay-Battelle (8-0).
Greenbrier West (9-1) is seventh in Single-A, while Wahama (8-1) is eighth, Williamstown (7-2) ninth and Meadow Bridge (8-2) 10th. East Hardy (7-2) is 11th, Clarksburg Notre Dame (6-3) 12th, Tucker County (6-3) 13th and Doddridge County (7-2) 14th. Bishop Donahue (6-3) 15th and Magnolia (5-4) are tied for 15th.
If the season ended today, Man would host either Tucker County or Notre Dame in a first-round playoff game.
In this week’s Class AAA state rankings, Huntington (9-0) remains No. 1 with 16.67 points. Martinsburg (9-1) is second with 15.00 points. Capital (8-1) is third, Point Pleasant (9-0) fourth and George Washington (8-1) fifth. University (9-1) is sixth, Wheeling Park (8-1) seventh, Cabell Midland (7-2) eighth, Oak Hill (7-2) ninth and Morgantown (8-2) 10th.
Washington High School (6-3) is 11th, South Charleston (7-3) 12th, Spring Valley (6-3) 13th and Lewis County (7-2) is 14th, while Logan and Hampshire are tied for 15th.
If the season ended today, Logan would travel to either Martinsburg or Huntington for a first-round 3A playoff game.
In the Class AA ratings this week, Bluefield (8-1) overtook Wayne (9-0) for the No. 1 spot. The two teams were tied for first last week and play each other, ironically, on Friday night at Bluefield’s Mitchell Stadium in the statewide game of the week. The Beavers have 12.56 ratings points to Wayne’s 12.44. The Pioneers are the two-time defending state champs.
Third is Bridgeport (8-1), while Summers County (9-1) is fourth and Wyoming East (8-1) fifth. Fairmont (7-2) is sixth, Sissonville (8-1) seventh, Frankfort (7-2) eighth, Mingo Central (7-2) ninth and the Keyser Golden Tornado (6-3) 10th. Nicholas County (7-2) is 11th, Ritchie County (6-3) 12th, Roane County (6-3) 13th, Robert C. Byrd (6-3) 14th, Philip Barbour (6-4) 15th and Ravenswood (5-4) 16th.
No. 17 Lincoln (5-4) and No. 18 Chapmanville (5-5) are both on the outside looking in. The Tigers finished their season last week with a 64-36 loss at Wayne.
The top 16 teams in each class qualify for the playoffs which begin Nov. 15 across the state.
If the season ended today, Mingo Central would go to Frankfort for a first-round game.