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Indiana ski resort purchases Timberline

TUCKER COUNTY, W.Va. — An Indiana ski resort has purchased Timberline Four Seasons, with plans to reopen the property for the 2020-2021 ski season.

Perfect North Slopes, in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, made the second-highest bid in an auction held Tuesday in Philadelphia. First Asset Holding placed the winning bid of $2.2 million but agreed to transfer the bid to Perfect North Slopes for $30,000.

Timberline filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April.

Joe Stevens, director of the West Virginia Ski Areas Association, called Wednesday’s announcement “great news for the ski industry in West Virginia.”

“What it probably means that some fo the best skiing and snowboarding terrain in West Virginia will stay available for skiers and snowboarders. Probably not for this season, but moving ahead, some of the best terrain will stay available for skiers and snowboarders,” he said.

Skiing at Snowshoe Mountain Resort opens this coming Friday. Opening day at Canaan Valley Resort. is scheduled for Dec. 14.

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Monongalia commissioners meeting with DOH officials Friday

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Members of the Monongalia County Commission are traveling to Charleston pm Friday to meet with West Virginia Department of Highways officials.

Commissioners requested the meeting in light of multiple inquiries about current road conditions and efforts to make repairs. For about three months, the commission was referred to the new interactive work status map before the invitation was sent.

Commissioner Ed Hawkins said an open line of communication is vital to keep constituents accurately informed.

“What we need to be able to tell the public is what’s going on,” Hawkins said. “We’re the people that are called, when we’re called we’d like to give a proper answer.”

Darby Clayton, the supervisor for the Division of Highway’s District 4, came to a scheduled public meeting of the commission prior to the invitation to explain work progress and limitations of weather and resources. Clayton also offered explanations to commissioners about how work progress is displayed on the interactive map.

“I will give them credit, we have seen a flurry of activity in the past month to two months.,” Hawkins said.

The Division of Highways responded to the request in late October and invited all three commissioners to a meeting with secretary Byrd White.

Hawkins said they want to leave the meeting with a clear understanding of what to expect in the future as well as create a line of communication.

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Class AA playoffs: Poca, Oak Glen meet in only matchup of unbeatens

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Oak Glen quarterback Nick Chaney leads a balanced Golden Bears’ offense.

 

POCA, W.Va. — Just days before they meet in a Class AA quarterfinal, Poca and Oak Glen are enjoying two of the better football seasons in school history.

Of the 12 quarterfinal matchups across the Mountain State this week, the Dots’ showdown with the Golden Bears is the only contest between unbeaten teams. It’s also one of just two games pitting teams with at least 10 wins against each other — with the other being Keyser at Bluefield.

No. 3 Poca and No. 6 Oak Glen bother enter unblemished and with matching 11-0 records, and a spot in a Class AA semifinal awaits the winner of Saturday’s matchup at O.O. White Stadium.

“We’ll really have to work our butts off, put together a great game plan and hopefully it’ll be a great game down there,” Oak Glen head coach Ted Arneault said.

Both teams won first-round playoff games last Saturday to advance to this point. The Dots topped No. 14 North Marion, 42-27, while the Golden Bears took care of No. 11 Wyoming East, 55-13.

Oak Glen’s performance against the Warriors, which included four passing touchdowns from quarterback Nick Chaney and a pair of defensive scores, has the full attention of Dots’ head coach Seth Ramsey.

“They create a ton of turnovers and score off those turnovers,” Ramsey said. “Ball security is a big thing and we have to make sure we make our possessions count. When we get a big play or chunk play, we have to score from within the red zone. They don’t give up a lot of big plays either. 

“They fly to the football. I don’t know if we’ve seen a team that gets to the football as well as they do.”

Oak Glen will have to get plenty of defenders to the ball to slow Dots’ tailback Ethan Payne, a Kennedy Award candidate who has scored a state-leading 51 touchdowns this season.

Payne rushed for 294 yards and five TDs against the Huskies, while also coming up with an interception.

Payne’s younger brother, Toby Payne, also recorded an interception in the win over North Marion and plays a pivotal role as a wideout. Quarterback Jay Cook threw for 140 yards and rushed for a score, meaning Oak Glen’s defense will have a lot to prepare for.

The Golden Bears are also plenty balanced, relying heavily on Chaney behind center. He spreads the wealth and often looks the way of Hunter Patterson or Gage Patterson.

Hunter Patterson and 235-pound bruising back Paxton Shuman key the rushing attack.

“It makes it really tough to prepare for,” Ramsey said. “Most teams in high school football are good at inside runs, outside runs or passing. These guys are good at everything. 

“(Hunter Patterson) can make you miss in a phone booth. He’s very shifty. They run many multiple sets with motions and shifts. You have to make sure your eyes are in the right spot and you’re staying disciplined.”

While the Golden Bears’ plethora of skill players have been critical to the team’s stellar play, Arneault says those paving the way for the success shouldn’t go unnoticed.

“We feel like with our offense, it’s pick your poison,” Arneault said. “You want to take the outside perimeter away and stack the Pattersons, we have a big boy in the middle (Shuman) that can wear you down. Our offensive line is outsized every week, but they tend to outperform every week. Those offensive linemen are awesome.”

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Norwood’s final play cements legacy with WVU coaches, teammates

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Josh Norwood’s West Virginia career was bound to end on some act of reckless abandon.

Given his ejection from two games this season for committing targeting, a repeat violation was the most likely suspect for the senior safety. As it turned out, the only player at risk on his final play was Norwood himself.

On the most extraordinary piece of playmaking by a West Virginia defender this season, Norwood seemingly came out of nowhere, flying through the air to pick off a Skylar Thompson pass in the second quarter of West Virginia’s 24-20 win at Kansas State.

From where he flew, there was little hope of sticking the landing. Norwood’s collarbone broke upon its full-speed impact with the ground. Lauded earlier in the season by coach Neal Brown for his “contact courage,” Norwood went out the very way he always played the game — fearlessly.

.@WVUfootball's Josh Norwood puts his body on the line with an acrobatic interception 👏 pic.twitter.com/1ZKDoB4Hfx

— ESPN Player (@espnplayer) November 18, 2019

“When you’re watching film and you see a guy sell out his body, sell out everything he’s done to risk everything to play a ball – that’s something that’s an intangible you can’t teach,” said Mountaineers defensive lineman Reese Donahue.

Defensive coordinator Vic Koenning said the play was an extraordinary combination of play recognition and execution.

“That was the corner’s play,” Koenning said. “When the quarterback threw the ball, he was reading the corner.”

Kansas State Skylar Thompson isn’t the most dynamic quarterback in the league, but he may be the best at reading plays. Thompson had only thrown two interceptions all year and rarely makes the wrong read. As it turned out, he didn’t in this case, either.

WVU corner Hakeem Bailey took the wrong receiver, leaving K-State’s Landry Weber open downfield. Norwood saw what was happening and jumped the play before it turned into a potential disaster.

“Josh made a fantastic play,” Koenning said. “If you want to say he sacrificed his body, it would not be inaccurate to say that.”

Cornerback Keith Washington couldn’t believe his eyes when Norwood came down with the ball.

“Last year I made fun of him because he dropped eight interceptions,” Washington said. “It’s just crazy how he ended his career with an acrobat interception like that.”

The interception was the first, and likely last, of Norwood’s career. He was West Virginia’s third cornerback last season, but moved to safety when Derrek Pitts and Kenny Robinson left the program over the summer. The position is a far better fit, it would seem, given that Norwood is second on the team with 64 tackles despite missing the greater part of five halves of action due to penalties and the injury.

Whenever he is asked about Norwood, Koenning usually speaks in equal parts exasperation and admiration. Earlier in this season Koenning mentioned that Norwood is poised to be a great coach someday, but couched it by noting that Norwood’s biggest headaches will come from players like Norwood himself.

Koenning originally recruited Norwood out of high school in Valdosta, Ga., which is part of Troy’s natural territory. He figured Norwood was a Sun Belt-level player.

“He was a guy we would like at Troy. I wasn’t 100 percent sold on him because he was undersized and a little underspeed,” Koenning said. “I was shocked that Ohio State took him, to be candid.”

Norwood spent two seasons with the Buckeyes before transferring to Northwest Mississippi Community College, then signed with West Virginia in 2018.

This year, he and Koenning’s paths finally crossed again. Even if he is frequently frustrated by Norwood’s mistakes, it is clear Koenning has developed an affection that may be the strongest he has for any player.

“Josh has what they call ‘dawg’ in him. He is aggressive. He plays like we need all our guys to play like — except for the other parts,” Koenning said. “He’s also a wild card, not always in the right spot. His eyes aren’t always in the right spot. You get what you’ve got.

“He’s had a tumultuous college career and I’ll help him any way I can, because he really wants to be good at something. Being good and being the best matters to him, no matter what he wants to be in.”

There is a chance, however remote, that Norwood isn’t done just yet. Brown said that Norwood’s surgery went well, and a mid-December release is possible. If West Virginia wins its final two games, that would put Norwood on schedule to potentially play in a bowl.

“He’s in a good head space. We make it to a bowl game, he might be able to play,” Donahue said. “Regardless, he’s got a great future ahead of him.”

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Miley: Growing influence of special interest groups affected 2020 decision

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A day after announcing he will not run for re-election in 2020, House Minority Leader Tim Miley, D-Harrison, explained his decision during an appearance on Wednesday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

Miley, who will leave at the end of his current term, said the main reason is what he calls declining room to discuss and pass thoughtful legislation.

“I no longer believe that spending time in Charleston trying to pursue good policy agenda matters is the highest and best use of my time because I don’t believe there is that much of an effort to find the good policy the state needs,” he said.

“I have gotten a feeling that has developed over the past several years that there is more interest in passing or fighting against policies based on what interest groups outside of West Virginia and outside the Legislature want you to fight for or fight against.”

Miley was first elected in 2004 and has served numerous positions, including as Speaker of the House from June 2013 to January 2015.

Miley said special interests and political action committees have gained control over legislators by using donations and endorsements as tools.

“No longer getting half a loaf from a policy decision good enough,” he said. “Whoever supported your campaign, they want the whole loaf, whether it’s the right side or the left side. As a result, we’re creating extreme policies which I don’t think are very good. They’re good for those outside interests. They’re not very good for West Virginia.”

Miley announced his plans Tuesday, the same day House Judiciary Chairman John Shott, R-Mercer, announced he will not run for another term. Senate Minority Leader Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, and Senate Minority Whip Corey Palumbo, D-Kanawha, have also announced they are not running for re-election.

But Miley is not ruling out running for office later.

“I need to step back and see how I feel when I get out of it,” he noted.

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Southwestern Report: Week 13

— By Wes McKinney

GAMES TO WATCH

CLASS AAA

No. 11 Capital (6-5) at No. 3 Spring Valley (10-1)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last Week: Spring Valley had to overcome a slow start against Hurricane, but rallied to score all 34 points in the second half on its way to a 34-6 first round win over the Redskins. 

“We just kept turning the ball over and having penalties in the first half,” Spring Valley head coach Brad Dingess explained.  “You get in the playoffs and you do that, you’re going to dig yourself a hole. I was proud of our kids they came back and responded real well, didn’t panic and took care of business in the second half. 

“I thought we were able to move the ball pretty successfully in the first half, but we just kept shooting ourselves in the foot,” he continued.

Capital surprised Wheeling Park on the Island and picked up a 45-21 win over the Patriots to move on in the postseason. 

Why It’s Important: This will be the fourth straight season Spring Valley and Capital meet in the Class AAA Playoffs with the Timberwolves winning all three on their way to the Class AAA Championship Game, and all three prior meetings have also been at Spring Valley. 

“Our place has become a tough place to play, especially late in the year,” Dingess said. “We’ve been able to take advantage of it in the playoffs.”

Who to Watch for Capital: Dingess not only pointed out that the Cougars have improved tremendously on the offensive line since a 41-0 shutout win for Spring Valley over Capital on October 4, but the insertion of Chance Knox into the backfield for Capital has made a big difference. 

“When we played them earlier in the year, they were kind of green on the offensive line,” Dingess said. “They’ve done a good job of getting better on both sides of the line. They are running the ball more effectively now than they did at the beginning of the year. If you can run the ball in the playoffs, you’re going to be hard to beat.”

And Knox has been a big reason why the rushing game has seen an uptick in production. 

“Anytime you get in the playoffs, the first thing you want to do to try to stop the other team from running the ball,” Dingess said. “They are putting Knox in the backfield. They’ve been able to put up some points because of that.”

Who to Watch for Spring Valley: Nate Ellis showed off his arm and legs to kick start the Spring Valley comeback in the third quarter against Hurricane as he accounted for two third-quarter touchdowns after Hurricane shutout the Timberwolves in the first half. 

No. 7 George Washington (8-3) at No. 2 Cabell Midland (11-0)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last Week: George Washington held off Huntington, 24-14, to advance into the quarterfinal round of the playoffs. Meanwhile, Cabell Midland started fast and eased by Riverside, 42-6. 

“I think you need a game like that to start in the playoffs, so it’s not so emotional every week,” Cabell Midland head coach Luke Salmons said. “Our kids weren’t real emotional and it wasn’t one of those where you have to spend everything on. Our attention turned to GW real quick after the game was over.”

Why It’s Important: Despite being in the same league, George Washington and Cabell Midland avoided each other on the regular-season schedule this season. The Knights will be looking for their first trip to the Class AAA Semifinals since 2015—also their last undefeated regular season and 11-0 start. 

Who to Watch for George Washington: The Patriots’ offensive attacks starts with quarterback R.T. Alexander.

“They have a real good quarterback,” Salmons said.

“He can run it some, but he throws the ball extremely well. They have good receivers and they can make plays. They are what you expect a playoff team this deep in the postseason to be. They draw up plays to put their best players in position to make plays.”

Who to Watch Cabell Midland: J.J. Roberts got the scoring started for Cabell Midland with a rushing touchdown in the first quarter while also throwing for a touchdown in the third quarter. 

CLASS AA

No. 10 Mingo Central (9-2) at No. 2 Bridgeport (10-1)

When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Last Week: It was Daylin Goad’s legs, not his arm, that pushed Mingo Central into the second round of the playoffs as he scored both touchdowns on the ground as the Miners got past Shady Spring, 13-7, as they were the only road team to advance in Class AA. 

Bridgeport gained nearly 500 yards of offense as it rolled past Lewis County, 56-15, to advance to the quarterfinal round for a 13th consecutive year. 

Why It’s Important: Mingo Central Shady Spring’s best defensive punch last week, and the Miners will go see another gritty defense this week that features a powerful running game. In two of the last three years, a north central West Virginia team has knocked Mingo Central out of the playoffs with Fairmont Senior eliminating the Miners in the Class AA Semifinals in 2017. 

Who to Watch for Mingo Central: Goad will be asked to put his dual-threat ability on the line again this week with the Indians possessing a defense that only allowed 20 points once this season — Oct. 4 against North Marion. 

Meanwhile, the Miners will be looking to get the Hatfield brothers involved in the passing game once again. 

Who to Watch for Bridgeport: The physical Bridgeport ground attack is spearheaded by running back Carson Winkie and quarterback Devin Vandergrift, who also plays on the back end of the Indians’ defense. 

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Ripley’s Tori Starcher signs with Stanford

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Ripley cross country and track standout Tori Starcher has signed with Stanford University. She put pen to paper on her scholarship offer Wednesday in a ceremony at Ripley High School.

“When I visited Stanford, the first time stepping on campus it was something I had never seen,” Starcher said. “There were palm trees and it was really sunny. It was a beautiful campus. The team was so welcoming and it was almost like they already knew me. I fit in really well and I think that was a big part of it.”

“You aren’t able to run forever so I ultimately I want to get a really nice degree. Obviously Stanford is a great place to do it. They are top five in the country for academics.”

Starcher has won all twelve events she has competed in at the state high school track championships (9 individual, 3 relays) and has guided the Vikings to consecutive state team championships.

She set a new meet record in the mile run at the Penn Relays in April (4:38.19). Starcher attracted interest from a number of top-level Division 1 programs, including Oregon. On October 9th, Starcher verbally committed to compete at Notre Dame.

Starcher continues to rehab a lower leg injury that forced her to miss most of the state cross country season this fall. “I had to take several weeks off just because it was a pretty bad fracture but yesterday I had my third X-ray and it is pretty clear and it looks like I am ready to go.”

(Joe Stevens contributed to this report)

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For Marshall, Charlotte a lot on the line in C-USA showdown

— By Bill Cornwell

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall’s football team looks to extend a five-game win streak, and Charlotte hopes to make some history when the two face each other Saturday afternoon.

Game time at Jerry Richardson Stadium is 3:30 p.m., and the contest can be seen live on Stadium’s live Facebook feed.

Marshall (7-3, 5-1) is facing a red-hot Charlotte (5-5, 3-3) team which is on a three-game Conference USA win streak, with victories over North Texas, Middle Tennessee and UTEP. 

A win over the Herd would make Charlotte bowl eligible for the first time.

“Obviously, we’re playing a good football team in Marshall that doesn’t have a lot of weaknesses and is in the driver’s seat to win the league,” first-year Charlotte head coach Will Healy said. “We’re fortunate enough to have an opportunity to play them at home.”

While Marshall was picking up a 31-10 home win last Friday night over C-USA West Division leader Louisiana Tech, the 49ers were enjoying an off week.

The teams have met four times previously and Marshall has won three of those games, including both meetings in Charlotte.

The game will be a homecoming of sorts for two members of the Marshall coaching staff. 

MU defensive coordinator Brad Lambert was the first coach for Charlotte when the school established its football program in 2013. Lambert coached the 49ers for five seasons. 

Herd offensive line coach Greg Adkins worked as an assistant for the 49ers for a year. 

Both schools also fondly remember former Marshall All-American Phil Ratliff, who coached at both schools. Ratliff died in a drowning accident in 2015.

Healy led Austin Peay before taking over the 49ers program after Lambert’s dismissal last fall. Healy has high praise for Lambert’s work in building the young program.

“I think he did an excellent job,” Healy said. “Going from one to five wins is similar to what I did at Austin Peay. I know how hard it is to win games in this league. We learned that the hard way this year. If anything, I don’t think he has any regrets because he developed true relationships with these guys and players. They respect him; they loved playing for him. I think he did a tremendous job of starting a program.

“Our job is to try and take it to the next level, but we inherited a really good program and he deserves all the credit for that. I never met him, but everyone around this community that knew him says excellent things about him and what type of person he is. Our players say the same thing.”

Marshall head coach Doc Holliday knows that Lambert and Adkins are now focused on helping the Herd get a sixth straight win.

“These guys are all professionals,” Holliday said. “They do this for a living. At the end of the day, they are all excellent coaches who are only concerned about preparing this football team to be the best it can be on Saturday, and we’ll have to be. We’re going to have to be our best us to win this football game.”

Marshall’s defense will be looking to slow down a Charlotte offense that has been putting up points in bunches in recent games. The 49ers have scored 13 touchdowns over their three-game win streak while averaging 33.7 points per game. 

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Chris Reynolds has surpassed 300 passing yards in two of the last three wins. Charlotte has also erased 14-point deficits in two of those three wins.

“Reynolds isn’t a very big guy but makes a lot of plays,” Holliday said. “He makes a bunch of throws. He’s rushed over 100 times so, other than (senior running back Benny) Lemay, he’s their number one rusher, especially since Lemay’s been hurt. Whether Lemay plays or not, I have no clue, but since then, Reynolds has run the ball even more. They ask him to do a lot more. He’s very productive at whatever he does.”

Healy is not letting the possibility of qualifying for a bowl cloud the reality that the 49ers must knock off the leaders in C-USA East.

“I think there are a lot of distractions going on right now. Whether it’s talk about a bowl game, Brad Lambert’s return or whatever it may be. I think our guys have done a great job at zeroing in on the process, finding ways to get better and playing our best football here at the end of the year.”

In past games in Charlotte, the Herd has played in front of many of its fans and lots of empty seats. That won’t be the case this week as a sellout crowd is expected to fill Jerry Richardson Stadium.

“The thing I like about this team is that it’s a mature group, for the most part,” Holliday said. “We’ve handled a lot of distractions. I thought we handled last week really well. Anytime you get into the middle of November and you have a couple of games left with everything still out there, every game is a big game. They’re all big, which they’ve been for a while and will be from here on out. 

“I like what I see out of our players. They’re locked in and they go to work every day. This week can’t be any different.”

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Mountaineers bound for Virginia seeking spot in NCAA Elite Eight

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — If the favored teams advance in NCAA second round games in Charlottesville, Virginia, West Virginia will have a second opportunity to avenge a regular season defeat.

The Mountaineers (11-7-2) will face Central Connecticut State at UVA’s Klockner Stadium Friday at 4pm. The host Cavaliers will face Washington State immediately following. The winners will meet in an NCAA Sweet 16 matchup Sunday at 5pm.

West Virginia has already knocked off one of the teams to defeat them in the regular season. The Mountaineers blanked No. 25 Georgetown 2-0 in Washington, D.C. last Saturday in the opening round. Alina Stahl scored both Mountaineer goals in the 13th and 40th minutes.

“We just wanted to redeem ourselves and let everyone see what kind of team we could be,” said veteran WVU head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown.

The Mountaineers entered the Georgetown match with twelve days of rest after falling to Kansas in the Big 12 quarterfinals on November 3rd.

“The rest helped us but everyone did their job, I talked about a lot of different heroes. You can point to Alina and you can point to Riley (Foster) but to be honest with you, everyone did their job. I think that is what the difference was.”

Friday’s opponent for the Mountaineers, Central Connecticut State (13-4-4) also went on the road and pulled a significant opening-round upset. The Blue Devils blanked No. 4 seed Rutgers, 1-0. CCSU has won ten consecutive matches, including the Northeast Conference Tournament title.

“We are not going to take them lightly. We know that they are a tough opponent. They have some very talented players from the back and all the way up. We are preparing for them just like we would prepare for any top team in the country.”

Central has conceded just 17 goals in 21 matches. They rank 40th in the nation in goals against average.

“They are definitely a very focused defensive team. They don’t give a lot up. They are a team that is very committed to defending. It is going to be tough to break them down.”

WVU is making their 20th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and they have advanced to the second round for the fifth consecutive year.

“With us being such a young team, I don’t know if we really comprehended ‘one-and-done’. That kind of opened our eyes being at the Big 12 (tournament) and understanding that it is ‘one-and-done’ and that was something we took away from that loss.”

“When you are playing to get to the next round, we just have to keep engraining that in our young team’s minds but also behind our captains and our senior leadership.”

This is WVU’s second trip to Charlottesville this season. The Mountaineers fell to the No. 1 seeded Cavaliers 4-1 on September 1st.

“We have an understanding of what that environment can bring but at the end of the day we are just focused on what we can do and what we can bring.”

The second weekend of the NCAA Tournament features 32 teams at eight sites, with the winners advancing to the Elite 8 over Thanksgiving weekend.

“It is hard to play Friday-Sunday. It is brutal with a young team and just understanding that swing and turnaround is going to be tough. We are going to take care of what we have to take care of on Friday and then just approach Sunday as if you are playing for an Elite Eight spot. So we’ve got to give it all.”

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Southern Report: Week 13

— By Fred Persinger II

CLASS AA

No. 5 Keyser (10-1) at No. 4 Bluefield (10-1)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last Week: Keyser notched its eighth shutout this season against Liberty Harrison, 53-0. Bluefield rolled by Man, 48-16.

Why it’s important: Both teams met in this same spot last season and another spot in a Class AA semifinal is at stake here. This matchup is one of the most intriguing of any quarterfinal game. The Golden Torando’s lone loss is to Bridgeport, while the Beavers only setback came against Lord Botetourt (Va.). in Week 3.

Who to watch for Bluefield: Keyser is averaging 50 points per game and the Golden Tornado should provide a strong test for the Beavers’ defense.

It will be interesting to see if the speed and athletic ability of the Beavers can slow down Keyser and what kind of an impact defensive end Sean Martin will have. Martin consistently wreaks havoc off the edge and disrupts opposing team’s rushing attacks and passing plays. 

Keyser’s defense has the aforementioned eight shutouts this season, but it remains to be seen if the Golden Tornado can contend with the likes of speedy skill players J.J. Davis and Jahiem House.

CLASS A

No. 5 Williamstown (9-2) at No. 4 Greenbrier West (10-1)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last Week: Williamstown was stingy in its 42-0 win over Tug Valley. Greenbrier West had its way with Tygarts Valley, 52-13.

Why it’s important: The Yellowjackets expect to be in this spot annually, while the Cavaliers have proven themselves to be one of the top teams in Class A all season. With a spot in a semifinal on the line, can Greenbrier West’s potent offense produce against a team that has given up more than 30 points once this season — that in a season-opening loss to Wheeling Central. Williamstown’s only other loss is against No. 1 Doddridge County.

Who to watch for Greenbrier West: Quarterback Kaiden Pack had a memorable performance in last week’s win over the Bulldogs — accounting for touchdowns with both his arm and legs, in addition to playing a pivotal role in the kicking game and being a defensive standout. Noah Brown is a standout in the team’s explosive rushing attack.

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