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Wolves slip to No. 2, HHS fifth in SSAC ratings

October 18, 2018 GMT

HUNTINGTON - Martinsburg again.

The same team that defeated Spring Valley in each of the last two West Virginia Class AAA football state championship games knocked the Timberwolves from the top spot in the Secondary School Activities Commission Ratings. Martinsburg (8-0) comes into Friday’s game at Jefferson (1-7) with 14.75 points, a mere 0.25 ahead of Spring Valley (8-0), which does not play this week.

The top 16 teams in each class qualify for the playoffs, with the top eight receiving home games.

Musselman (7-0, 14.14) is third, Capital (6-1, 13.14) fourth and Huntington High (6-1, 12.0) fifth. The Highlanders are at No. 12 Cabell Midland (4-4, 6.88) at 7 p.m. Friday in a key showdown. Ripley (6-1, 10.86), Parkersburg South (5-2, 10.14) and Wheeling Park (5-2, 9.57) round out the top eight.

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John Marshall (5-2, 9.14) is ninth, followed by Parkersburg (5-3, 8.88), Hedgesville (5-3, 8.13), Cabell Midland University (4-4, 6.75), Greenbrier East (4-3, 6.71), George Washington (3-4, 5.71) and Spring Mills (3-4, 5.29).

Hurricane (3-5, 5.25) is 17th heading into Friday’s 7:30 p.m. home game with No. 19 South Charleston (2-5).

In Class AA, Wayne (5-2, 7.71) used a 20-14 triumph over Chapmanville last week to secure the No. 15 spot and drop the Tigers (4-3, 5.86) to No. 22. The teams were tied for 18th last week. The Pioneers play host to No. 19 Sissonville (4-3, 6.29) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Chapmanville is at home vs. No. 27 Logan (3-4, 4.57) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Fairmont Senior (8-0, 13.63) continues to hold the top spot, with Poca (7-0, 11.57) at No. 2. The Dots had lost 38 of 40 games before a surprising resurgence this year. Poca is at home vs. No. 38 Scott (1-6) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Nicholas County (8-0, 11.38) is third, followed by Bridgeport (7-1, 10.75), defending state champion Bluefield (6-1, 10.71) and No. 6 Point Pleasant (6-0, 10.33). The Big Blacks visit No. 21 Man (4-3, 6.0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Keyser (6-1, 10.14) and Robert C. Byrd (5-2, 9.29) round out the top eight.

Grafton (5-1, 9.0) is ninth, followed by Oak Hill (6-1, 8.86), Frankfort (7-1, 8.5) and No. 12 Mingo Central (5-2, 8.29), which visits No. 37 Herbert Hoover (1-6, 1.29) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Weir (6-2, 8.0) is 13th, Shady Spring (5-2, 7.86) 14th, Wayne 15th and James Monroe (5-2, 7.43) 16th.

In Class A, Tolsia (4-4, 4.13) fell to 21st and is off this week before going to Pikeville (Kentucky) on Oct. 26.

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Mount View (7-0, 10.43) is tied with Wheeling Central (7-0, 10.43) at No. 1, followed in the top eight by Midland Trail (7-0, 8.71), Cameron (8-0, 8.38), Doddridge County (7-0, 8.29), Williamstown (7-1, 8.13), Parkersburg Catholic (8-0, 8.0) and Pendleton County (5-2, 7.43).

Tucker County (6-2, 7.0) is ninth, ahead of Sherman (6-1, 6.86), Van (6-1, 6.57), Fayatteville (5-2, 6.0), Magnolia (5-3, 5.5), Summers County (4-3, 5.29), Tyler Consolidated (4-3, 4.86) and Ritchie County (4-3, 4.86).

OHIO RATINGS: Ironton (6-2) vs. Gallia Academy (7-1) at 7 p.m. Friday at Tanks Memorial Stadium likely will be played in a playoff atmosphere as the teams battle not only for the Ohio Valley Conference title, but for better positioning in the postseason.

The Fighting Tigers are third in Division V, Region 19, with 12.0875 points. Ironton trails No. 2 West Lafayette Ridgewood by 1.1625 points. Johnstown-Monroe is No. 1 with 14.803. The top eight teams in each division make the playoffs, with the top four receiving designation as the home team.

Oak Hill (6-2, 8.45) is eighth in the division, one spot ahead of Chesapeake (4-4, 7.0125). The Oaks are home Friday against Eastern-Pike (4-4). The Panthers visit Rock Hill (2-6) at 7 p.m. Friday.

Gallia Academy is third in Division IV, Region 15. St. Clairsville and Gnadenhutten Indian Valley are first and second, respectively. Fairland (4-4, 8.4625) is ninth and entertains Coal Grove (4-4) at 7 p.m. Friday. The Hornets are 15th in Region VI, Division 23.

Green (7-1) is in Division VI, Region 27, with 8.0983 points. Wheelersburg is No. 1 in Division V, Region 20, with 21.05 points, more than six points ahead of No. 2 Middletown Madison. The defending state champion Pirates (7-1) are at home at 7 p.m. Friday against Lucasville Valley (3-5). Portsmouth West is third, Minford sixth and Portsmouth ninth in the division.

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