Many local teams remain hopeful of playoff football
HUNTINGTON -- If West Virginia's Class AAA high school football playoffs began this week the field would include Cabell Midland, Huntington High, Spring Valley, Hurricane, Point Pleasant and Logan.
Class AA defending state champion Wayne would be in along with Class A Wahama, Buffalo and Tug Valley.
But, the playoffs don't begin just yet. Two weeks remain in the regular season to determine the 16 postseason teams in each class.
Class AAA No. 1 Cabell Midland (9-0) has the week off before finishing with a Nov. 2 home game against No. 111 Hurricane (5-3).
No. 3 Huntington High (7-1) has two home games left -- Friday against No. 33 Riverside (1-7) and Nov. 2 with No. 13 Capital (5-3).
Spring Valley (5-3) is up to No. 9 in the ratings with a Friday home game against No. 26 Nitro (2-6) and a Nov. 2 game at No. 24 Winfield (3-5).
Hurricane (5-3) is No. 11 with remaining games Friday at home against No. 14 Logan (6-2) and Nov. 2 at Cabell Midland.
No. 11 Point Pleasant (6-2) finishes against two Class AA opponents -- Saturday at Oak Glen (4-4) and a Nov. 2 home game with Chapmanville (4-4).
Logan still has to play Hurricane and Class AA Scott.
Class AA No. 1 Wayne is 8-0 with a Friday game at No. 25 Chapmanville before finishing Nov. 2 at home against No. 3 Bluefield (7-1).
Wahama, No. 2 in Class A at 8-0, goes to Ohio for a Friday game at Corning Miller (1-8) and closes Nov. 2 at home with No. 7 Buffalo (7-1). Buffalo also ventures to Ohio for a Friday game at Symmes Valley (7-2). No. 15 Tug Valley (6-2) finishes at Man and at home with Clay County.
In Ohio eight qualifiers from each region will be announced Sunday.
Ironton (6-3) finished its regular season and is No. 2 in Division IV, Region 15. Wheelersburg (7-2) is No. 4 in Division V, Region 19 with a Friday game remaining at Portsmouth West (4-5).
Symmes Valley is No. 6 in Division VI, Region 23 entering its regular season finale against Buffalo, W.Va.