Bluefield High School Head Football Coach Fred Simon doesn’t believe the pairing of the # 14 Beavers’ AA class first round match with the # 3 Point Pleasant represents the true qualitative distance between the two. teams.
But he doesn’t expect Bluefield’s (5-3) road trip to the Big Blacks (9-1) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday to be less than a playoff-level challenge.
“They are quick and disjointed and they play hard. We have our work to do to stop the race, ”said Simon, who admitted he couldn’t recall a time the Beavers entered the playoffs as such a weak seed against a header. as high as standard.
“The ultimate goal, whether you are undefeated or not, is to qualify for the playoffs. Once you’ve entered, it doesn’t matter to your record. What matters is the way you play, ”he said.
Last week, as the Beavers won their playoff appearance with a 55-6 victory over Mingo Central, Point Pleasant secured their third-seeded status in a 17-14 tooth-and-nail victory over Winfield who ended in a field goal of 19 yards. by placekicker Ellie Wood. Running back Gavin Jeffers ran for 168 yards and a touchdown for the Blacks while quarterback Evan Roach ran for 125 yards and a touchdown.
The main culprit that put Bluefield on the bubble to begin with was seeing the start of his season all but wiped out with a county-wide shutdown combined with additional coronavirus concerns. The Beavers’ mad rush to the season finale got some of the reps Simon had missed in the first half of the campaign. But, as always, the Bluefield skipper sees plenty of ways his team needs to improve if they hope to prove the ultimate underdog and push further into the playoffs.
Bluefield quarterback Ryker Brown – who also leads the Beavers’ uncompromising linebacker defense – had 1,114 yards and 14 touchdowns while rushing for 271 yards and four touchdowns. Wide receiver Jacorian Green leads receivers with 25 catches for 458 yards and six TDs, but Chance Johnson (17-197, 3 TDs) and Jaeon Flack (22-235, 3 TDs) are elusive targets in their own right. The ball carrier Amir Hairston (81-677, 7 TDs) pace a rushed attack which received a boost from running mate Jamel Floyd (30-235, 5 TDs).
“We did what we had to do [to make the playoffs], and I’m very proud of my players for that, ”said Simon.
WVSSAC AAA class
No. 10 Princeton (5-3) to No. 7 Spring Valley (8-2)
Princeton quarterback Grant Cochran set another one-game pass record for the Tigers in last week’s regular-season final loss to Greenbrier East at Fairlea, passing for 430 yards and four touchdowns.
Tigers head coach Chris Pedigo was happy to see Princeton’s passing attack click again, but he would have preferred the rushed attack to live up to the occasion and provide the balance that led to the Princeton’s biggest hits during the regular season. This is not a significant individual underperformance. It’s simply a matter of late-season injuries eroding the experienced depth the Tigers enjoyed during the early part of the year.
Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. game in Spring Valley will put an impressive first-round opponent in the way of the Tigers.
“I don’t think they’re a seventh-round opponent. I think it’s a Top Four team. They had to face the State’s No.1 team – Huntington – and lost to them by 3. They lost to Cabell Midland by 8 or 9 at the start of the season, ”said Pedigo. “They can do anything. They’re tall up front, their talents are tall and athletic, and they can go from a powerful set to an extended set in one game. And their defense – their linebackers are impressive. The Bartram kid is extremely impressive. The kid from Page who goes to WVU is extremely impressive.
It’s not a draw for either team: the winner can probably expect a second round encounter with Martinsburg.
WVSSAC Class A
Sherman No.12 (6-4) to No.5 Mount View (9-1)
Unlike No.7 James Monroe (7-3), who will face No.10 Trinity (7-2) at Lindside on Saturday, the Golden Knights will host the Tide under Friday night lights at Vic Nystrom Stadium.
Mount View head coach Maurice Gravely experienced a flat tire on the road at Kimball this week, but overpowered it safely and off the road. The Golden Knights eliminated Sherman 44-18 on October 1 of the regular season. In some ways, tonight’s game is as scary for Gravely as a blowout on a winding road in West Virginia.
“The kids can’t be too tall before this game. It’s not a bad team. and whether it’s Friday, Saturday or Sunday, a team like this can surprise you. You can’t take something for granted just because you won the last game. Everything can happen. You let anyone hang out in your yard, they’re going to come into your house and take your food, ”Gravely said.
The Knights have a lot of speed and athleticism in many places: from quarterback Ryan Long to Jason and Justin Haggerty and TJ [a.k.a. ‘Diesel’] and Travis Bell, Jalen Hall, Tony Bailey and others, Mount View can hurt opponents in so many ways.
“I just think if we can get the ball in the hands of one of these guys – at every level – we can make good things happen,” Gravely said.
Class 2, Region D
at Central-Wise (7-3)
A few offensive school records could be within range for the Bulldogs tonight on their first road trip to Norton.
Quarterback Carter Creasy had 2,736 yards and 27 touchdowns, also rushing for seven touchdowns. Creasy misses 264 passing yards to reach 3,000, a one-season mark that has only been reached 27 times in VHSL.
Tazewell wide receiver Cassius Harris (93-1,320, 10 TDs) is nine catches to tie the VHSL single-season receiving record held by Patriot’s Nick Mathews (102 catches, 2014).
Ridgeview (7-3) at Richlands (4-5)
Ernie Hicks Stadium brought luck to the Blue Tornado against Virginia High last week. Richlands rides a redemption tale in tonight’s game, taking his third crack at the Wolfpack in two seasons.
Class 1, Region C
to Parry McCluer (7-3)
The Green Wave launches a prolific passing attack in a first-round foray against what has become a big rival in the Pioneer District. Narrows quarterback Aidan McGlothlin had 1,679 yards and 22 touchdowns, most to Kolier Pruett (41-798, 13 touchdowns) and Carson Crigger (34-726, 10 touchdowns)
Eastern Montgomery (5-5) at Giles (6-2)
The Spartans make their way to the Class 1 playoffs tonight in the premiere of what will likely be two back-to-back playoff appearances at Steve Ragsdale Field.