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Elkins third in first ratings of 2012

Philip Barbour ranked No. 11 in Class AA; Tucker fifth in Class A

September 12, 2012
By Edgar Kelley - Sports Editor ( , The Inter-Mountain

Elkins High School was ranked highest among area teams in the first West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission's high school football ratings released on Tuesday.

The Tigers, who improved to 3-0 after Friday night's 40-27 victory over Buckhannon-Upshur, are tied for third in Class AAA.

It's the highest Elkins has been ranked since the 1980 season. The Tigers are deadlocked with Huntington and Martinsburg, which both also have 3-0 records.

Cabell Midland tops the Class AAA list and Woodrow Wilson is second.

Elkins will look to remain unbeaten this week when it plays host to winless Preston for homecoming.In Class AA, two area teams were ranked in the first poll of the season. Philip Barbour (2-1) is tied for 11th, while Petersburg is 19th.

The Colts will entertain Liberty- Harrison (0-3) Friday. The Vikings (2-1) will host Lincoln the same evening.

Scott (3-0), Sissonville (2-0) and Robert C. Byrd (3-0) hold the top three spots in Class AA.

Four area grid squads are ranked among the top 18 schools in the Class A ratings.

East Hardy (2-0) and Tucker County (3-0) are tied for fifth place in Class A.

"We feel good about where we are at three games into the season," Tucker County coach A.J. Rapp said. "Our goal each year is to try and be in the top 10. We're off to a good start, but we still have a lot of work to do."

The Mountain Lions will be tested on Friday when they play host to rival Moorefield (2-1), which is ranked 10th in Class A.

Pendleton County is the last area team making the list in Class A. The Wildcats (2-1) are ranked in a tie for 18th place.

Greenbrier West (3-0) is the top team in Class A. Notre Dame (2-0) is second and Doddridge County third with a 3-0 record.

The top 16 teams in each class qualify for the state high school football playoffs at the end of the regular season.



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