PARKERSBURG -The field of eight soon becomes a field of four in each of the three classes for the state football playoffs in West Virginia.
The quarterfinal round begins tonight with all three remaining Mid-Ohio Valley programs in action.
Parkersburg South travels to Morgantown for a rematch in Class AAA, while Williamstown and Wahama look to stay unbeaten in Class A.
Photo by Michael Uhl
The Williamstown Yellowjackets will face No. 7 Valley Fayette today in a Class A quarterfinal game. The Yellowjackets will try to contain Valley’s option attack with leader Robbie Belmont. Belmont has scored 14 touchdowns this season.
The 13th-ranked Patriots (7-4) and fifth-ranked Mohigans (9-2) met during the third week of the regular season at Erickson All-Sports Facility. Morgantown scored the most points allowed by South all year in a 28-7 victory.
In that game played on Sept. 9, Jalan Thomas caught two touchdown passes from Mark Johnson, while teammate Evan Hamilton scored on runs of 15 and 50 yards. Hamilton finished with 87 yards on the ground, but it was Conner Leone who led Morgantown with 119 yards rushing.
The Mohigans more than doubled South in total yards, 372-157.
W.Va. Football Playoff Schedule
- Today's games -
High school football
(All games kick off at 7:30 p.m.)
Parkersburg South at Morgantown (Pony Lewis Field)
Valley (Fayette) at Williamstown (Williamstown High School)
Fayetteville vs. Wahama (Point Pleasant High School)
- Saturday's games -
Penn State at Ohio State, 3:30 p.m.
W.Va. prep playoffs glance
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - First-round results and second-round pairings for the West Virginia high school football playoffs. Friday game times are 7:30 p.m. and Saturday game times are 1:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted:
Bridgeport 28, Robert C. Byrd 21
Cabell Midland 27, Wheeling Park 24, OT
George Washington 42, Spring Valley 7
Huntington 56, Parkersburg 20
Hurricane 54, Elkins 30
Martinsburg 49, Woodrow Wilson 13
Morgantown 48, Musselman 14
Parkersburg South 51, Logan 8
W.Va. Prep Football Playoffs
No. 13 Parkersburg South (7-4) at No. 5 Morgantown (9-2)
No. 7 Cabell Midland (8-3) at No. 2 Bridgeport (11-0)
No. 8 Huntington (8-3) at No. 1 Martinsburg (11-0)
No. 11 Hurricane (8-3) at No. 3 George Washington (11-0)
Nov. 25 or 26
Times, locations TBA
Huntington-Martinsburg winner vs. Parkersburg South-Morgantown winner
Hurricane-George Washington winner vs. Cabell Midland-Bridgeport winner
Braxton County 42, Greenbrier West 14
Chapmanville 26, Lincoln 7
Keyser 48, Westside 6
Oak Glen 28, Roane County 20
Point Pleasant 41, Ritchie County 0
River View 28, Ravenswood 23
Shady Spring 34, Scott 22
Wayne 56, Grafton 14
No. 13 Chapmanville (8-3) vs. No. 12 Braxton County (8-3), at Glenville State
No. 14 Keyser (7-4) at No. 6 Wayne (9-2)
No. 9 Oak Glen (10-1) at No. 1 Point Pleasant (11-0)
No. 10 River View (9-2) at No. 2 Shady Spring (11-0), 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 25 or 26
Times, locations TBA
Oak Glen-Point Pleasant winner vs. Chapmanville-Braxton County winner
River View-Shady Spring winner vs. Keyser-Wayne winner
Bishop Donahue 42, Wirt County 19
East Hardy 48, Buffalo 15
Fayetteville 35, Van 0
Moorefield 42, Clay-Battelle 13
Valley Fayette 22, Meadow Bridge 6
Wahama 31, Pocahontas County 20
Wheeling Central 39, Parkersburg Catholic 14
Williamstown 38, Madonna 31
No. 9 Moorefield (8-3) vs. No. 1 Wheeling Central (10-1), at Wheeling Island Stadium
No. 7 Valley Fayette (9-2) at No. 2 Williamstown (11-0)
No. 6 Fayetteville (9-2) vs. No. 3 Wahama (11-0), at Point Pleasant
No. 13 Bishop Donahue (8-3) at No. 5 East Hardy (10-0)
Nov. 25 or 26
Times, locations TBA
Moorefield-Wheeling Central winner vs. East Hardy-Bishop Donahue winner
Valley Fayette-Williamstown winner vs. Fayetteville-Wahama winner
Ohio Prep Football Playoffs
OHSAA state playoffs
Mentor (11-1) vs. Cleveland St. Ignatius (10-2), 7 p.m. Saturday at Lakewood High School
Toledo Whitmer (12-0) vs. Wadsworth (11-1), 7 p.m. Saturday at Sandusky High School
Hilliard Davidson (11-0) vs. Pickerington Central, 7 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Wesleyan University
Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller (9-3) vs. Cincinnati St. Xavier (9-3), 8 p.m. Saturday at University of Cincinnati
Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit (10-1) vs. Aurora (11-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Solon High School
Avon (11-1) vs. Tiffin Columbian (10-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Fremont Ross High School
Columbus Marion-Franklin (12-0) vs. Dresden Tri-Valley (11-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Gahanna Lincoln High School
Trotwood-Madison (12-0) vs. Kings Mills, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Dayton Welcome Stadium
Chagrin Falls (12-0) vs. Akron St. Vincent-St. Marys (10-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bedford High School
Elida (9-3) vs. Columbus Eastmoor Academy (10-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Wapakoneta High School
Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (8-3) at Dover (11-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Canton Fawcette Stadium
Springfield Shawnee (12-0) vs. Plain City Jonathan Alder (12-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hilliard Bradley High School
Girard (11-1) vs. Creston Norwayne (11-1), 7 p.m. Saturday at Green High School
Kenton (12-0) vs. Columbus Bishop Hartley (11-0), 7 p.m. Saturday at Mansfield Senior High School
Coshocton (10-2) vs. Johnstown-Monroe (12-0), 7 p.m. Saturday at Zanesville High School
Dayton Chaminade Julienne (9-3) vs. Clarksville Clinton-Massie (10-2), 7 p.m. Saturday at Mason High School
Kirtland (12-0) vs. Columbiana Crestview (11-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Warren G. Harding High School
Hamler Patrick Henry (10-2) vs. Hicksville (10-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lima Senior High School
Bucyrus Wynford (12-0) vs. Lucasville Valley (12-0), 7:30 p.m. Fridsay at Westerville Central High School
Coldwater (9-3) vs. West Jefferson (10-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Piqua High School
Berlin Center Western Reserve (12-0) vs. Shadyside (9-3), 7 p.m. Saturday at New Philadelphia High School
Leipsic (11-1) vs. Delphos St. John's (9-3), 7 p.m. Saturday at Findlay High School
Beallsville (10-2) vs. New Washington Buckeye Central (10-2), 7 p.m. Saturday at Reynoldsburg High School
Maria Stein Marion Local (10-2) vs. Minster (9-3), 7 p.m. Saturday at Wpakoneta High School
Since that defeat, South's defense has made tremendous strides. During one stretch, the Patriots surrendered just one touchdown in a span of three games.
Offensively, the Patriots are led by Jordan Quiocho, who has rushed for 895 yards and eight TDs.
Jake Douglas (487 yards rushing), Jessiah Fickiesen (372), Braxton Johnson (312) and Logan Cox (279) give South a diversified attack out of the backfield.
At Williamstown, the second-ranked Yellowjackets (11-0) are hoping the magic continues. Coach Terry Smith and company welcome seventh-ranked Valley Fayette (9-2) to town.
The two teams have one common opponent in Parkersburg Catholic. On Oct. 14, Mitch Davis caught a 20-yard pass from Daniel Collie with five seconds remaining in the game as Parkersburg Catholic rallied to defeat the Greyhounds 27-22.
On the final week of the regular season, Williamstown fell behind the Crusaders 6-0 at Stadium Field before pulling away for a 35-6 victory.
Williamstown running back Trey King continues to rank among the Mid-Ohio Valley leaders with 1,360 yards rushing and 20 TDs. Backfield mate Zach Zide has contributed 553 yards on the ground, while quarterback Jake Tracewell has thrown for 929 yards and 10 TDs.
Valley's option attack is spearheaded by Robbie Belmont (1,222 yards and 14 TDs) and Corey Tolley (984 yards and nine TDs). Directing the offense is quarterback Matt White, who has accounted for 380 yards rushing and another 338 yards through the air.
Third-ranked Wahama (11-0) could be headed on a collision course with Williamstown if the White Falcons can get past sixth-ranked Fayetteville (9-2) in a game being held at Point Pleasant High School.
Wahama senior running back Anthony Grimm eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark after gaining 169 yards and scoring two TDs in a 31-20 first-round victory against Pocahontas County last Saturday. The White Falcons have a surplus of weapons to join Grimm in the backfield with J.R. Jewell, Colton Neal, Kane Roush, Isaac Lee, Zack Wamsley and Crandale Neal.
Fayetteville, which shut out Van 35-0 in a first-round matchup, will answer with a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Hunter Hernandez and Elijah Lewis.