Wayne, Bluefield set for huge Class AA matchup
WAYNE -- It has been a football season to remember for the Wayne Pioneers.
The team has consistently cruised week after week as opponents often fell to the wayside within the first 24 minutes of action.
This week, however, the final road block to a perfect season will be a tough one to overcome.
It will also be one the Pioneers have had to climb several times before.
Class AA Wayne (9-0) is tied for No. 1 in the Class AA ratings with Keyser and meets No. 4 Bluefield (8-1) in a 7:30 p.m., Friday, game at Pioneer Field.
Wayne has won 18 consecutive contests and that included a 54-3 win at Bluefield last season in the regular-season finale.
However, it is one of just two victories for the Pioneers over the Beavers in seven all-time meetings.
Wayne has steamrolled opponents this season, but the Pioneers have also only played three opponents with a record at the .500 mark or better -- Chesapeake, Sissonville and Scott.
Since a season-opening loss to rival Graham (Va.), Bluefield has won eight straight and has scored no fewer than 49 points during the winning streak.
Like the Pioneers, Bluefield also has faced just three teams with winning marks this season -- that coming in the last four weeks of action.
It appears the game will be a high-scoring, up-and-down affair featuring two of the most potent offenses in the state, regardless of class.
While the contest has become a bit of a non-traditional rivalry anytime the two schools meet, there has hardly been a close contest between the two.
In seven meetings, only one game has been decided by one score or less -- that being a 2008 quarterfinal matchup in which Wayne won 41-35.
In fact, the last three matchups have all been decided by 40 points or more. Last season, Wayne got the 54-3 win on the road while in 2010 the Beavers won a pair of lopsided contests -- a 47-6 win over the Pioneers in the regular-season finale and a 54-8 win in the Class AA quarterfinals.
Wayne running back Brandon Spurlock comes into the game with 1,399 yards and 19 touchdowns on just 86 carries while quarterback Grant Ferguson has thrown for 799 yards and 11 touchdowns with just one interception.
Bluefield also has several playmakers in Johnny David, a transfer from Bland County (Va.) who excels on both sides of the ball, running back D.J. Stewart and quarterback D.J. Edwards.
A win would guarantee Wayne the top spot throughout the course of the Class AA playoffs while Bluefield is estimated to finish anywhere from No. 2 to No. 5, given the result of Friday's contest.