Cougars end winless season; playoffs for others
CHARLES TOWN – Jefferson’s bid to get at least one win in the 2017 football season was turned away by county rival Washington last Friday when the Patriots got a 35-13 victory in the season finale for both schools. Jefferson finished 0-10 and Washington closed at 3-7.
Washington quarterback Matt Grant threw TD passes to Parker Jackson, Bryce Reinhardt, Gavin Megonigal and Isaac Timbrook. Grant ran 19 yards for Washington’s fifth score.
The Cougars got their points on touchdowns from Jacob Gamble on runs of one and eight yards.
West Virginia’s three-classification playoffs get underway tonight with the 16-teams fields set to vie for championships that will take place at Wheeling Island Stadium the first weekend in December.
A pair of losing teams – South Charleston and Morgantown – actually qualified for the Class AAA field. George Washington, Cabell Midland and Spring Mills with 5-5 records also reached the field.
Huntington, Martinsburg and University are the three undefeated Class AAA entrants. Mingo Central and Bluefield enter the Class AA playoffs with 10-0 records and East Hardy is the only undefeated team in the Class A field.
First-round games in the Class AAA ranks have South Charleston on the road at Huntington, Morgantown visiting Martinsburg where it lost 51-7 in the regular season, Hedgesville journeying to Hurricane, John Marshall going to Parkersburg, Cabell Midland in Bunker Hill to play Musselman, Wheeling Park traveling to play Capital, George Washington taking a trip to Spring Valley and Spring Mills busing to University.
The four Berkeley County schools – Martinsburg, Musselman, Hedgesville and Spring Mills – all reached the playoffs.
In the Class AA ranks, Robert C. Byrd is at Mingo Central, Braxton County tests Bluefield, Nicholas County is at Liberty of Harrison, Philip Barbour makes a rare playoff appearance at Point Pleasant, Winfield goes to James Monroe, Sissonville travels to Wayne, Weir’s Red Riders must go to Bridgeport and The Golden Tornado of Keyser play at once-beaten Fairmont Senior.
East Hardy faces a real test in its playoff opener in Baker against Williamstown, Richwood visits South Harrison, Sherman of Seth is at Weirton Madonna, Wheeling Central Catholic will try to oust Cameron (9-1), Doddridge County has once-beaten St. Marys on the road, Fayetteville must see once-beaten Midland Trail, Summers County takes on once-beaten Webster County and once-beaten Tug Valley has a home date against Pocahontas County.