HHS, SVHS fifth, Knights eighth in rankings
HUNTINGTON — Huntington High and Spring Valley don’t meet on the football field until Nov. 2, but the fierce rivals already are neck and neck.
The Highlanders (3-0) and Timberwolves (3-0) are tied for fifth in Class AAA in the initial West Virginia Secondary Activities Commission Ratings released Tuesday. Cabell Midland (2-1) is eighth.
The top 16 teams in the final ratings qualify for the playoffs. The top eight receive home games in the first round of the playoffs.
John Marshall (3-0) is top ranked in Class AAA with 13 points. Musselman (3-0) and Capital (3-0) are tied for second with 12.67. Wheeling Park (2-0) is fourth, with 12 points. Huntington High and Spring Valley each has 11.67 points and are followed in the top eight by No. 7 and defending state champion Martinsburg (3-0), with 11 points; and a four-way tie among Cabell Midland (2-1), Ripley (2-1), Woodrow Wilson (2-1) and University (2-1) for eighth, with 8.33 points.
The second eight are led by Hedgesville (2-1) and Spring Mills (2-1) at No. 12, with eight points. Buckhannon-Upsher (2-1) is tied with Greenbrier East (2-1) for 14th, with seven points. Cross-town rivals Parkersburg (1-2) and Parkersburg South (1-2) are tied for 16th, with 4.67 points.
Hurricane (1-2) is 21st, with 3.33 points heading into this week’s 7 p.m. home game with Cabell Midland.
In Class AA, Point Pleasant (3-0) and resurgent Poca (3-0) are tied for eighth with 8.67 points. Defending state champion Bluefield (2-0) is No. 1, with 11.5 points.
Fairmont Senior (3-0) is second at 10.33. Bridgeport (3-0) and Nicholas County (3-0) are tied for third with 10 points, followed in the top eight by Sissonville (3-0) at 9.67, Weir (3-0) at 9.33, Grafton (2-0) at 9.0, and Point Pleasant and Poca.
Petersburg (2-0) is 10th, with 8.5 points. Pikeview (3-0), Oak Hill (3-0) and Clay County (2-0) are tied for 11th, with eight points. Frankfort (3-0) has seven points to rank 14th, followed at No. 15 by Robert C. Byrd (2-1) with 6.67 and Mingo Central (2-1) and Liberty-Harrison (2-1) tied for 16th, with 6.33.
Logan is tied with Chapmanville, Winfield, Man, Nitro and Wyoming East, all 1-2, for 23rd. Wayne (0-2) is tied for 35th.
In Class A, Mount View (3-0) is No. 1, with 9.67 points, followed in the top eight by Fayetteville (3-0), with eight points; Middle Trail (3-0) and Tucker County (3-0), with 7.67; defending champion Wheeling Central (3-0), with 7.33; Cameron (3-0) and Parkersburg Catholic (3-0), wiht 6.67; and Ravenswood (2-0) and Van (2-0), with 6.5.
The second eight features No. 10 Doiddridge County (3-0), with 6.33 points, followed by Williamstown (2-1), with six points; Pendleton County (2-1), with five points; Richwood (2-1), with 4.67; and tied for 14th Sherman (2-1), Ritchie County (2-1) and Clarksburg Notre Dame (2-1), with 4.33 points.
Tolsia (1-2) is tied for 25th. Buffalo (0-3) and Wahama (0-3) are tied for 30th.