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West Virginia playoffs begin

Nov. 13, 2013 @ 11:54 PM

HUNTINGTON -- High school football's postseason is in full swing with Tri-State teams taking aim at state championships.

In West Virginia, first-round action gets underway with Huntington High and Cabell Midland at home while Spring Valley and Hurricane are on the road in Class AAA. Wayne is beginning its quest for a third consecutive Class AA title.

Action also continues in Ohio and Kentucky for teams looking to advance to the next round.

Following is a look at some of this week's games:

Lewis County (7-3)

at Huntington High (10-0)

WHEN: 1:30 p.m., Saturday

WHERE: Bob Sang Stadium

RADIO: WRVC 930-AM, 94.1-FM

WHAT TO WATCH: Lewis County -- The Minutemen need to play a full 48 minutes to be able to stay with the Highlanders. They did push undefeated Point Pleasant to the brink last week, though. Huntington High -- The Highlanders had to use a strong second half to earn each of their last two wins. A strong start is needed to put away any upset chances.

Washington (7-3)

at Cabell Midland (8-2)

WHEN: 1:30 p.m., Saturday

WHERE: Knights Stadium

RADIO: WCMI 92.7-FM, 98.5-FM

WHAT TO WATCH: Washington -- The Patriots have lost just once to in-state competition, a 34-0 loss to Martinsburg. The three losses came to teams who combined for a 25-4 record. Cabell Midland -- The Knights are looking to return to Wheeling Island Stadium for the finals for the second straight year, but face a tough road, starting with the Patriots. Taking care of the football and sustaining drives is pivotal.

Spring Valley (6-4)

at Martinsburg (9-1)

WHEN: 1:30 p.m., Saturday

WHERE: Bulldogs Stadium


WHAT TO WATCH: Spring Valley -- The Timberwolves are going to look to shorten the game with ball control while limiting the success of Martinsburg's athleticism. Martinsburg -- The Bulldogs are the three-time defending Class AAA champions for a reason. They simply don't lose at home.

Hurricane (6-4)

at Capital (9-1)

WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Friday

WHERE: Laidley Field

WHAT TO WATCH: Hurricane -- Austin Hensley will need to have a banner day and avoid the powerful rush of the Cougars for the Redskins to have a chance. Capital -- Tyhree Pratt and company are strong, but turnovers must be eliminated to earn a first-round win and avoid the recent string of playoff disappointment.

Logan (7-3) at Point Pleasant (10-0)

WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Friday

WHERE: PPHS Athletic Complex

WHAT TO WATCH: Logan -- The Wildcats do not have a win over a Class AAA team with a winning record this season. Point Pleasant -- The Big Blacks defeated Logan 37-21 earlier this season and earned a tight win over Lewis County to finish undefeated last week.

Ashland (8-3)

at Highlands (10-1)

WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Friday

WHERE: Bluebirds Stadium


WHAT TO WATCH: Ashland -- The Tomcats will need a top effort from its running backs to keep pace with the Bluebirds. Highlands -- The Bluebirds are coming off a 70-6 win over Boyd County, the same Lions team Ashland defeated 28-6 four weeks ago.

Paintsville (8-3)

at Raceland (9-2)

WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Friday

WHERE: Rams Stadium


WHAT TO WATCH: Paintsville -- The Tigers are coached by former Marshall football player Joe Chirico. Raceland -- The Rams handed the Tigers one of three losses this year, a 32-10 decision in Paintsville.

-- Grant Traylor