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Spring Valley No. 1, HHS second in SSAC

October 4, 2018

HUNTINGTON — Spring Valley parlayed its 21-13 victory over then-topranked Capital into the Class AAA No. 1 spot this week in the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission high school football ratings.

The Timberwolves (6-0) accumulated 14.17 points, nearly a full point ahead of second-rated Huntington High (5-0), which has 13.2 points heading into Friday’s 7:30 p.m. home game with No. 12 Hurricane (3-3). Spring Valley is at home to No. 21 Riverside (1-4) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The Timberwolves and Highlanders meet Nov. 2 at Spring Valley in the regular-season finale.

The top 16 teams after the regular season qualify for the playoffs, with the top eight receiving home-field advantage in the first round.

Defending state champion Martinsburg (6-0) is third with 13 points. Musselman (5-0, 12.8) is fourth. Capital (5-1, 11.67) slipped to fifth, followed in the top eight by Hedgesville (5-1, 10.5), Wheeling Park (4-1, 10.2) and Ripley (4-1, 9.8).

Parkersburg South (3-2, 8.4) is ninth, John Marshall (4-2, 8.33) 10th, Greenbrier East (4-2, 7.5) 11th, and Parkersburg (3-3, 6.67) and Hurricane are tied for 12th. University (3-3, 6.5) is 13th, with Cabell Midland (3-3, 6.5) at No. 14. The Knights can gain significant points with a victory at Kentucky power Belfry (5-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. George Washington (3-3, 6.33) rounds out the top 16.

In Class AA, Fairmont Senior (6-0, 12.83) held the top spot, with defending champion Bluefield (5-0, 12.0) No. 2. Nicholas County (6-0, 11.5) is third. Poca (6-0, 10.83) is fourth heading into Friday’s 7:30 p.m. game at No. 27 Winfield (2-3, 4.2). Bridgeport (5-1, 9.83) is fifth. Point Pleasant (5-0, 9.6) is sixth heading into Friday’s 7:30 p.m. contest at cross-Ohio River rival Meigs (2-4). Keyser (4-1, 9.2) and Weir (5-1, 8.67) round out the top eight.

Petersburg (4-1, 8.2) is ninth, followed by Robert C. Byrd (4-2, 8.17) at No. 10, Oak Hill (5-1, 8.0) and Shady Spring (4-1, 8.0) tied at No. 11 and Grafton (3-1, 7.75) at No. 13. Mingo Central (3-2, 7.2) takes a No. 14 rating into Friday’s 7:30 p.m. game at No. 35 Nitro (1-5, 1.67). Sissonville (4-2, 7.17) and Frankfort (5-1, 7.0) finish the top 16.

Chapmanville (4-1, 6.4) is 17th and doesn’t play this week. No. 20 Wayne (3-2, 6.0) plays Friday at Herbert Hoover (1-5, 1.5).

In Class A, Mount View (5-0, 9.6) is top-rated, just ahead of No. 2 Wheeling Central (5-0, 9.2). Midland Trail (6-0, 8.33) is third. Cameron (6-0, 8.0) and Doddridge County (5-0, 8.0) are tied for fourth. Tucker County (5-1, 7.67) and Parkersburg Catholic (6-0, 7.67) are tied for sixth. Williamstown (5-1, 7.0) is eighth. No. 13 Tolsia (4-2, 5.33) plays at Mount View at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

OHIO RATINGS: Ironton defeated Chesapeake 48-27 last week, but if the season ended today, both teams would qualify for the Ohio Division V, Region 19 playoffs. The top eight teams in each region advance to the postseason, with the top four designated as home teams. Ironton (4-2, 7.2667) is sixth and Chesapeake (3-3, 5.8) is eighth. Johnstown-Monroe (5-1, 11.2172) is No. 1. At 7 p.m. Friday, the Ironton Fighting Tigers travel to No. 18 Rock Hill (1-5, 1.5) while Chesapeake entertains Portsmouth (3-3).

Last week, Gallia Academy defeated Fairland, 53-35, and if the season ended today, the Blue Devils and Dragons would meet again in a Division IV, Region 15 first-round game. Gallia Academy (5-1, 8.7667) is third, while Fairland (3-3, 7.5333) is sixth. Gallia Academy visits Coal Grove at 7 p.m. Friday. South Point is at Fairland at 7 p.m. Friday. St. Clairsville (6-0, 13.43333) leads the region.

Coal Grove (4-2, 5.0157) is No. 11 in Division VI, Region 23 where Paint Valley (6-0, 10.0833) tops the list.

In Division VII, Region 27, Green (4-1, 4.7647) is sixth going into Friday’s 7 p.m. home game with Manchester (2-4). Harvest Prep (5-0, 9.5667) is No. 1. Symmes Valley (2-4, 1.5748) is 15th heading into Friday’s 7 p.m. game at Portsmouth Notre Dame (1-5).

Defending state champion Wheelersburg (5-1, 11.7333) is No. 1 in Division V, Region 20. The Pirates have a showdown at Waverly (6-0 and No. 14 in Division IV, Region 16) at 7 p.m. Friday.

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