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Tucker County jumps to No. 1 in Class A

Elkins moves up to No. 3 in Class AAA rankings

September 26, 2012
By Andrew Davis - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Tucker County moved up four spots to No. 1 in Class A for the first time in school history in the third West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission's High School football ratings released on Tuesday.

"The boys are very excited to be where they're at," Tucker County coach A.J. Rapp said. "They have worked really hard in the offseason and it has shown in the first part of the season.

"The coaches have really worked hard with the team and getting them prepared for the beginning of the season. Our defense also has been really strong so far."

The?Mountain Lions (5-0) are coming off a big win over Class AA, No. 14 Philip Barbour last week, 35-14, and will host Southern (Md.) on Friday.

"We have told the kids to take one game at a time and see what happens,"?Rapp said. "You never know what we will have in the last part of the season. We still have a tough schedule with a lot of teams that are currently ranked including, Pendleton?County, Notre Dame and Petersburg."

Other teams locally ranked in Class A are No. 7 East Hardy (4-0), along with Moorefield (2-3) and Pendleton County (3-2), who are both currently tied for 20th.

Greenbrier West (4-1) and Meadow Bridge (5-0) are currently tied for second. Wahama (5-0), Clay Battelle (5-0), Valley Fayette (4-0), East Hardy, magnolia (4-1), Tug Valley (4-1) and Wirt County (4-1) round out the top 10 in Class A.

Two local teams are currently ranked in Class AA - No. 11 Petersburg (3-1) and No. 14 Philip Barbour (3-2).

Philip Barbour travels to Petersburg on Friday for a key non-conference matchup.

Scott (5-0)?is currently No. 1 in Class AA, followed by Wayne (4-0), Bridgeport (4-1), Bluefield (3-1), Frankfort (4-0), Robert C. Byrd (4-1), Mingo Central (3-1), Liberty Raleigh (4-1), Keyser (3-1) and River View (4-1).

In Class AAA, Elkins moved up one spot to No. 3 after defeating Fairmont Senior last week, 39-6.

The Tigers will return home Friday night to face Bridgeport in a key Big 10 Conference matchup.

Cabell Midland is the top team in Class AAA at 5-0, followed by?University (5-0), Point Pleasant (4-0), Huntington (4-1), Martinsburg (4-1), Woodrow Wilson (4-1), George Washington (4-1), Morgantown (3-1) and Capital (3-1).

The top 16 teams in each class make the playoffs.



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