When standout quarterback Dillon Newman was lost to an injury earlier this season, Philip Barbour needed some other players to emerge on the offensive side.
The tandem of Dylan Johnson and Al Johnson have done just that in keeping the Colts in the Class AA playoff hunt.
Philip Barbour, coming off a 28-21 win over Petersburg, is 15th in this week's SSAC ratings released on Tuesday.
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Philip Barbour’s Al Johnson, right, chats with teammate Travis Pomp and assistant coach Stan Fitzwater during Friday’s win over Petersburg
Dylan Johnson rushed for nearly 150 yards and scored two touchdowns against the Vikings, while Al Johnson contributed a pair of touchdown receptions from junior quarterback Tyler Titchnell.
The Colts (4-2) remain home Friday to face Elkins.
In Class A, Moorefield and East Hardy are now fourth and sixth, respectively. The Hardy county rivals will battle Oct. 18 in Baker.
The Yellow Jackets (5-1) will visit Fayetteville this Friday, while the Cougars (5-0) will entertain No. 14 Tucker County in another showdown of ranked PVC schools.
Lewis County (4-1) jumped three spots to 11th after defeating Buckhannon-Upshur. The Minutemen will pay a visit to North Marion on?Friday.
Huntington remained No. 1 in Class AAA, while Wayne leads Class AA and St. Marys is tops in Class A.
The SSAC ratings determine the 16-team field in each classification for the playoffs, which will begin in November.