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Top-ranked Tucker closing in on milestone

Elkins, Philip Barbour move up in prep ratings

October 24, 2012
By Edgar Kelley Sports Editor , The Inter-Mountain

Tucker County remained the top team in the Class A ratings released by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities commission on Tuesday.

The Mountain Lions ran their record to a perfect 8-0 on the season after blanking Pendleton County 41-0 last Friday.

With two games remaining, Tucker County has a chance to be the first-ever Mountain Lion team to finish with a 10-0 record.

Even the two state runner-up Tucker County teams of the late 1980s didn't finish the regular season with an unblemished record.

"We're just taking everything one game at a time," Tucker County coach A.J. Rapp said. "And our kids have really bought into playing like that. Even with me being nervous about being the No. 1 team in the state, you don't see it in our players. You couldn't tell if they were ranked No. 1 or No. 20 in the state."

Tucker County has two games remaining on its schedule with the first coming at Class AA Petersburg on Friday.

"It's definitely a big-point game for us this week," Rapp said. "With Petersburg being a Class AA team, it would definitely help us as far as points in the ratings go.

"But Petersburg always plays us tough, so we're going to have to go over there ready to play."

After this week's contest, the Mountain Lions will close out the regular season at Notre Dame.

Two other area teams were among the top 16 in Class A, East Hardy at No. 11 and Moorefield at No. 16.

Philip Barbour (5-4) is the lone local squad ranked in Class AA. The Colts, who pounded Notre Dame 49-12 last Friday, are No. 14 this week and will entertain East Fairmont on Friday.

In Class AAA, Elkins moved up one spot from No. 9 to No. 8 after cruising to a 53-11 win at East Fairmont last week.

The Tigers (7-2) are idle this week before closing out the regular season at home against No. 16 Lewis County on Nov. 2.

The Minutemen will travel to Liberty Harrison on Friday for a Big 10 Conference contest.

The top 16 teams in each class qualify for the state high school playoffs, which are slated to begin on Nov. 9.



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