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Playoffs shift into high gear

November 18, 2011
Dr. Elmo

The first week of the high school football playoffs are now history and the field of 48 teams is dwindled down to 24 as we enter the second week.

Of the original 48 teams, four were members of Dr Elmo's 'Dandy Dozen', as Elkins, Pocahontas County, East Hardy and Moorefield all took to the field.

Two of the four hail from Hardy County and both are still in the hunt for the gold. Moorefield pounded Clay Battelle 42-13 in one of the many upsets. And of course this "Old Quack" said it would happen so it was no surprise to me.

East Hardy, meanwhile, had its way with Buffalo to the tune of 48-15.

Elkins was sent home after its upset loss to Hurricane in a game that saw the Tigers hold a first-half lead through most of the third period. Hurricane picked up strength in the final frame and went on for the win.

Pocahontas County put up a good fight against undefeated Wahama and were trailing by just two points at intermission before losing the game by 11 points

Superstitious or not, on a night of a full moon, each of the three No. 13 seeded teams in each class defeated fourth seeded teams on upsets.

As for my record here at the clinic, I'm proud to say I had 18 correct selections out of 24 games, which included picking a number of upsets. In most of my picks, I had close point spreads, in fact I took George Washington to beat Spring Valley by 35 points with the final score being 42-7. How is that for making the call?

Now its time to get on with the second round, so set back, fasten your seat belt and get ready, because the doctor's about to operate.

Class AAA Games

Martinsburg (11-0) at Huntington (8-3): This one could very well be a close contest, but I see it no closer than 17 points by Martinsburg.

Morgantown (9-2) at Parkersburg South (7-4): Morgantown won the regular season meeting between these schools by 21 points. But since that time, South has gotten better, but only by seven points. I'll take Morgantown by 14.

Bridgeport (11-0) at Cabell Midland (8-3): Cabell Midland got here with an overtime win, but sorry that's as far as they get. Bridgeport Indians still on the war path with this 10 point win.

George Washington (11-0) at Hurricane (8-3): Hurricane was shut out by GW during the season and even though it won't be quite as bad, I'm taking George Washington by 28.

Class AA Games

Point Pleasant (11-0) at Oak Glen (10-1): This could very well be a barn burner, but Point Pleasant will win by 10.

Shady Spring (11-0) at Riverview (9-2): OK folks, here is your upset of week two. Riverview will end Shady Springs' unbeaten run by 13.

Keyser (7-4) at Wayne (10-2): The Tornados pulled off a big upset last week, but now their fans will be upset after this loss. Wayne by 20. Chapmanville (8-3) at Braxton County (8-3): Would you believe No. 12 against No. 13 in the second round. Both teams won big games last week, but since Lincoln has beaten Braxton and Chapmanville has beaten Lincoln, the process of elimination goes to Chapmanville by 13

Class A Games

Wheeling Central (10-1) at Moorefield (8-3): This could very well be an upset, but until that happens, I'm sticking with Central by 14. Williamstown (11-0) at Valley Fayette (9-2) : These two teams had one common opponent as both played Parkersburg Catholic. Williamstown crushed the Catholic school team by 29 points, while Valley lost to them by five. I'm taking Williamstown by 17.

Bishop Donahue (8-3) at East Hardy (10-0): This will be the last team of Dr. Elmo's Dandy Dozen to protect the doctor's good name, and bye golly the Cougars will do it. East Hardy by 9. Fayetteville (9-2) at Wahama (11-0): Wahama will keep its undefeated streak alive with this 10 point victory.

MORE ASK DR. ELMO: Q: Do you agree that a fool and his money are soon parted? A: No, I do not because, I never did figure out how a fool and his money ever got together in the first place.

Q: What do you think about people who know the least? A: The only thing I know about people who know the least is, that they really know what they know the loudest.

OK guys and gals, that's about it for this week, see ya next Friday.



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