Matchups set for high school football playoffs
HUNTINGTON -- Disappointment. Dejection. Depression.
Huntington High football players and coaches experienced those emotions late Friday night after Capital rolled to a 48-18 win to spoil their Senior Night.
That describes the mood of the Highlanders after the post-game talk from coach Billy Seals. The first chance at redemption comes this Friday in the first round of the West Virginia Class AAA playoffs. The Highlanders (8-2) are the No. 4 seed in the 16-team field and take on No. 13 Elkins (7-3) at 7:30 p.m. at Bob Sang Stadium.
"They got a little fire. I could see it in their eyes after our talk," Seals said. "We got embarrassed on our home field. That's unacceptable."
Huntington High turned the ball over four times, Capital opened a 21-0 lead and kept the upper hand the rest of the night.
"We didn't get it done across the board," Seals said. "That starts with myself. The concern for us is to get back to our brand of football."
Elkins ended its regular season Friday night with a 27-12 loss to Lewis County at home.
Seals and the Elkins coaching staff already have done a tape exchange. Now it's time to break down the film and devise a game plan as quickly as possible.
What makes it a challenge for Seals is the Tigers feature the single wing on offense. In this era of spread offenses, the single wing practically is obsolete.
Clayton Collett had 187 yards on 20 carries and L.J. Lawrence 87 on 16 against Lewis County. Elkins had zero yards passing.
"Everybody's 0-0 now. Our sole focus is Elkins," Seals said. "It (single wing) is something our kids don't play against a lot. It's assignment football. We've got our work cut for us on the defensive side."
Cabell Midland, which finished the regular season 10-0, remained No. 1 in the final SSAC ratings and is the top seed in the playoffs. The Knights will meet No. 16 Oak Hill at home Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Spring Valley, which started the season 0-2 with losses to Cabell Midland and Huntington High, came on to finish 7-3 and secure the No. 8 seed and first-round home game. The Timberwolves will play No. 9 Wheeling Park on Friday at 7:30.
In Class AA, unbeaten Wayne (10-0) occupied the No. 1 spot in the final ratings and gets homefield as well throughout the playoffs. The first matchup is against No. 16 Clay County on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
In Ohio, Gallia Academy, Ironton and Oak Hill are in the regional semifinals.
In Division III, it's No. 4 Gallia Academy (9-2) against No. 1 Dayton Thurgood Marshall (10-1) in Region 12 at 7 p.m. Saturday at Western Brown High School's Kibler Stadium.
In Division IV, it's No. 2 Ironton (7-3) against No. 3 Johnstown-Monroe (9-2) in Region 15 at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Athens Scott Riggs and Family Stadium.
In Division V, it's No. 2 Oak Hill (9-2) against No. 6 Baltimore Liberty Union in Region 19 at 7 p.m. Saturday at Nelsonville-York's Boston Field.
In Kentucky on Friday, Fairview is home to Nicholas County and Raceland travels to Pikeville in 1A action. In 2A, Lawrence County visits Belfry. In 4A, Ashland goes to Highlands. All games start at 7:30 p.m.