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#15 CLAY-BATTELLE VS #2 WILLIAMSTOWN

Time of play: 1:30 p.m. Saturday at PHS Stadium Field

Historical series: WHS leads 1-0

C-BHS results (7-2): lost to East Hardy, 59-12; D. Valley, 39-12; D. Beallsville, 41-8; D. Tygart Valley, 51-14; D. Webster County, 44-0; lost to Cameron, 42-0; D. Hancock, 35-12; D. Calhoun County, 40-6; D. Hundred, 54-8

WHS results (8-1): d. Waterford, 46-22; D. Warren, 55-10; D. Ravenswood, 62-0; D. Mariette, 47-0; D. St. Mary, 49-14; D. Barrage, 42-13; D. Tyler consolidated, 40-0; lost to Fort Frye, 30-20; D. Doddridge County, 41-14

C-BHS key players: QB Carson Shriver, RB Zac Hall, TE Johnny Arnett, OL Allen Nestor

WHS key players: RB Rickie Allen, LB Harbor Haught, QB Maxwell Molessa, OL Aiden Corbett

Keys to victory: Another home game for Williamstown will be played at Parkersburg’s Stadium Field.

The Yellowjackets, who used Colt Hesson at quarterback, had an extra week to prepare after taking a no-contest against Magnolia.

The Cee Bees are a pair of 1,000-yard rushers for the first time in school history thanks to Carson Shriver and Zac Hall.

“Can only control what you can control” said WHS boss Chris Beck. “I think it applies to both situations in terms of not playing last week and still not being able to play on our pitch. Sure, our guys would have liked to play last week, but we took advantage of the week to get healthy and keep improving.

“We are delighted to return to play this week. PHS made us feel welcome by welcoming our young men. It will be our fourth game there and our guys have reacted well every time. It’s certainly not an ordinary experience, but our team and especially our seniors don’t want to be ordinary. They want to accomplish extraordinary things on the pitch and off the pitch.

Of course, the big goal is to get back to the Class A state title game and get the job done.

Clay-Battelle, making a Class A playoff return, was ousted in the first round last year by eventual state champion Ritchie County, 46-14.

Head coach Ryan Wilson’s Cee Bees are making the playoffs for the 13th time in 28 years at the helm of the program.

“They accepted the situation and made it a positive element for our team,” added Coach Beck. “We are living and accomplishing things that will be unique to this group that no other Williamstown team can say. This group won homecoming in Marietta and senior night in Parkersburg.

“It’s those experiences and those memories that will and should make the headlines, not the fact that they weren’t able to play at home. It’s a direct result of the leadership of this team. With the playoffs comes a added sense of focus and intensity Our guys have had a great week of training and are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue playing.

Rickie Allen leads the WHS rushing offense with 1,114 yards and 20 touchdowns averaging 7.9 yards per carry. Molessa rushed for 632 ards and a dozen scores averaging 7.6 ypc.

Harbor Haught, fullback, leads the team with 6.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss. Aiden Corbett not only creates holes for running backs, but also has a trio of sacks. Louis Goodnow (20-253-3) and tight end Kent Wigal (8-132-3).

This will only be the second all-time meeting between the teams. WHS won the only other meeting in 2015 under Terry Smith, 35-20, in Blacksville.

#11 DODDRIDGE COUNTY TO #6 VAN

Time of play: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Herschel Jarrell Field

Series of all time: never met

DCAT results (8-2): d. South Harrison, 25-6; D. Tyler consolidated, 20-0; D. Calhoun County, 40-0; D. Ritchie County, 32-0; D. Gilmer County, 42-0; D. Ravenswood, 46-6; lost to Roane County, 26-6; lost to Williamstown, 41-14; D. Tygarts Valley, 57-0

VHS results (10-0): d. Meadow Bridge, 36-6; D. Pike View, 48-25; D. Richwood, 66-6; D. Tolsia, 50-10; D. River View, 42-8; D. Mount View, 8-7; D. Sherman, 54-8; D. Beallsville, 68-8; D. Buffalo, 30-28 years old; D. Tug Valley, 48-34

DCHS Key Players: OL Adam Burnside, QB Trenton Huffman, RB Seth Richards, WR Gabe Stewart, LB Bryce McKinney

Key VHS Players: RB Shaun Booth, RB Byron Stewart, RB/QB Brady Green, RB Gavin Branham, WR Jason Massey

Keys to Victory: This could be an intriguing Class A first-round affair in what will be the Bulldogs’ battle.

Van third-year head coach Mark Agosti’s team erased a 21-0 deficit last week to secure the Bulldogs’ first 10-0 campaign in school history after a triumph 48-34 against Tug Valley.

Van, who was last in the playoffs in 2018 and hasn’t won a playoff game since 2001, finished 9-0 in 1983 and also had an undefeated campaign in 1950 (9-0-1).

DCHS head coach Bobby Burnside’s program takes nothing for granted against Van, who leads the single wing, but also has the ability to throw thanks to Brady Green, who hit 43 of 81 attempts for 701 yards with 11 touchdowns and two picks. He also leads Van with 1,182 rushing yards.

“It’s a tough but exciting game because no one has stopped their running game yet this season,” admitted Burnside, whose team will also face Byron Stewart (933 rushing yards), Gavin Branham (444 rushing yards) and Shaun Booth, who returned last week after missing a month and has 431 yards rushing. ground with 10.0 yards per carry average.

“The weather will be interesting for both teams on a grass pitch” added Coach Burnside, whose son Adam leads the team with 105 total tackles and three sacks.

DCHS flagger Trenton Huffman completed 78 of 141 attempts for 1,117 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions.

Gabe Stewart has been his top target all season and has 39 receptions for 506 yards and seven touchdowns. Stewart also leads the team with seven sacks.

The visiting Bulldogs relied on tailback Seth Richards, who has 1,019 yards and nine touchdowns on 142 attempts. Bryce McKinney, who is second on the team in total tackles with 96, also found dirt 11 times and rushed for 339 scratches.

#13ST. MARYS AT #4 WAHAMA

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

SMHS results (7-3): lost to Roane County 30-20, d. Ravenswood 56-13, m. Calhoun County 49-6, d. Ritchie County 67-18, lost to Williamstown 49-14, d. County of Wirt 43-6, d. Magnolia 65-0, m. South Harrison 34-28, d. East Hardy 29-21, lost to Tyler Consolidated 24-7

WHS results (10-0): d. South 53-0, d. East Wyoming 72-26, d. Ritchie County 47-20, d. South Harrison 27-22, d. Webster County 72-22, d. Magnolia 74-0, m. Ravenswood 67-7, m. County of Wirt 48-14, d. Calhoun County 62-6, d. Buffalo 68-7

SMHS key players: QB Luke Powell, RB Joey Ramsey

WHS key players: RB Sawyer VanMatre, RB Connor Lambert

Keys to Victory: For St. Marys to pull off a first-round upset, he’ll need to fire full throttle. A healthy Joey Ramsey leading the rushing offense could pay huge dividends for SMHS, as Tyler Consolidated bottled the Blue Devil offense last week. Wahama’s racing stable has been making tough times for opponents throughout this year, so SMHS tacklers are going to have their hands full.

#14 TYLER CONSOLIDATED AT #3 CAMERON

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

TCHS results (6-3): d. Ritchie Cuonty 41-0, lost to Doddridge County 20-12, d. Tolsia 54-0, m. Gilmer County 42-14, lost to Cameron 21-7, d. Buffalo 44-19, lost to Williamstown 40-0, d. Valley 55-7, d. St. Mary 24-7

CHS results (10-0): d. West Greene (Pennsylvania) 41-31, d. Hundred 47-0, d. Border 42-6, d. Magnolia 53-8, d. Tyler Consolidated 21-7, d. Madonna 46-8, m. Valley 41-6, d. Clay-Battelle 42-0, m. Oak Glen 28-0, m. Pendleton County 34-18

TCHS Key Players: RB Sean Winfrey, LB Kendall Huffman

CHS key players: RB Payton Neely, DB/WR Adam Angel

Keys to victory: Tyler Consolidated was within striking distance of Cameron earlier this year. Now it’s time to see if the Silver Knights can actually pull off the upset. TCHS needed a 24-7 win over St. Marys to get over the playoff bump, as running back Sean Winfrey delivered. He will be needed again, as his legs are the most important factor in this contest. For Cameron, quarterback Colson Wichterman had to throw more in the regular season game against St. Marys than he has in recent weeks. Putting him in that situation and getting the ball out of the Dragon running backs is a good starting point for the Knights.

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